Album reviews

    Jay-Z has released a new (and what he clams will be his last) album,

    The Black Album. Smooth, head-bobbing beats and some of Jay-Z’s better

    lyrics make this release one of his best. Jay-Z eliminated most of the empty lyrics that he has used for filler in the past, however his most recent offering lacks energy and continuity.

    Many of the tracks have “”radio play”” written all over them, such as the single “”Change Clothes,”” which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Jay-Z’s style and flow are best seen on “”My 1st Song,”” which has a jazzy, nostalgic sound. “”Dirt off Your

    Shoulder”” is a little shocking with lines like “”ladies is pimps too,”” which are unexpected of “”Jigga.””

    Sadly, nothing on the record jumps out to grab your attention, mainly

    because it is a sad goodbye rather than a fond farewell with a bang. However, the relaxed flow and improved lyrics win points for Jay-Z’s latest.

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