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Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2009
I'm not a fan of the superficial hip-hop music that floods the radio waves these days. I gravitate more towards rock 'n' roll, anyway. But after hearing such rave reviews of this "revolutionary" album, I decided to take a chance on the MP3 sale price ($3.99 at the time).
I must say that I do like the album. It IS different, in a cool way.
MAN ON THE MOON plays like a concept album, with the tracks sharing a theme, taking the listener through the dreams of Kid Cudi ("the man on the moon"). The songs are generally slower and more haunting sounding than the party songs that come on the radio. And Kid Cudi's lyrics are more serious and introspective. These aren't songs that I can picture being blasted at a club.
I'm not much of an authority on rap/hip-hop music, but this album seems to have a more ecclectic musical feel. It's not just about the rhymes; it's easier on the ears, you might say.
The album as a whole is stronger than its individual tracks, and it definitely seems like the type of album that will grow on you after repeat listens. This is not what I've come to expect from "hip-hop music", and I was pleasantly surprised. It's hip-hop that a non-hip-hop fan can enjoy. And the cover art is pretty cool.
A very good hip-hop concept album with meaningful lyrics. It lives up to its hype as a fully-realized effort to take the genre in a different direction. Worth checking out even for the mildly curious. Especially if you can find it at a sale price.