So I purchased the Freshman Kid Cudi album “Man on the Moon: The End of Day” on the 15th, along with other albums but that is neither here nor their.

I was sceptical at first being that I have listened to his other mix tape ventures and although I enjoyed I felt he may repeat himself a lot in his first official release album. I gave the album a listen from beginning to end the first time around, as I try to do with every new album. The first thing that gave me thought was the cover and back cover artwork. So consistent with the album besides the obvious title connection.

Upon beginning the album I was instantly intrigued with the melodic production and the use of Common as the narrator in the story that is Cudi. His first track was a great precursor to the album letting you know the tone and path the album was going to take.This is very important  I beleive for an album because it lets the listener know exactly the mind frame they should be in for listening.

The second track was a great followup track giving further insight into the side paths the album takes further into the track list.This again lets the listener know that the artist is going to provide him or her with a variation of sound and tempo throughout the album. The tracks almost required one to listen to the album as a whole to truly understand the musical expression of the album.  Equally as important was that the second track did not stray far from the first in its sound and content creating a consistent listening experience while still showing a dynamic use of lyrics and production.

I must be honest, I was not expecting this type of album from Cudi. I was pleasantly surprised by his willingness to be honest with the listener and himself. The album managed to stay on theme and was connected from beginning to end, while still providing tracks that can be used as singles and can be listened to separate from the albums other tracks.

I applaud Cudi for this album and understand why it took so long to release. An album such as “Man on the Moon: The End of Day” gives the listener insight into what type of artist the  artist of the album is and would like to be throughout their career. Being the first official release this album allows Cudi to take many paths in his second album, but also makes it difficult followup with the same kind of honesty and quality.

However I have not doubt that Cudi can achieve this, but hey this album is still new so lets not get ahead of ourselves.

Let em know what you think if you have the album.

  1. Good review. I wasn’t quite sure to expect either. After a couple listens, it’s a good album. He wasn’t at all afraid to be different and that’s a relief considering how many artists stick to current trends.

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