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Man on the Moon: The End of Day (Album Review)
Released 15 September 2009
58:33 in length
1.) In My Dreams (Cudder Anthem) — – 3.75/5
2.) Soundtrack 2 My Life — – 4.75/5
3.) Simple As… — – 3.5/5
4.) Solo Dolo (Nightmare) — – 4.75/5
5.) Heart of a Lion (Kid Cudi Theme Music) — – 4/5
6.) My World — – 3.5/5
7.) Day ‘n’ Night (Nightmare) — – 4.5/5
8.) Sky Might Fall — – 4.5/5
9.) Enter Galactic (Love Connection Part I) — – 3.75/5
10.) Alive (Nightmare) — – 4.75/5
11.) CuDi Zone — – 4.25/5
12.) Make Her Say — – 4/5
13.) Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare) — – 5/5
14.) Hyyerr — – 3.75/5
15.) Up Up & Away (The Wake & Bake Song) — – 4.25/5
Act I: The End of Day
The album (and Act I) starts off with In My Dreams which is a dizzying, sleepy track. And some words spoken by Common. The track is very moody and very personal and sets a wonderful tone for the rest of the album. The beat and lyrics are very simple, but work in a magical kind of way. Cudi seems to hint at his dreams of success and questions if his fate was decided before he was even born.
“I’ve got 99 problems, and they all bitches.” Track two is Soundtrack 2 My Life, which I find simply amazing. The entire concept of the song is phenomenal and the lyrics are very real, which makes it very easy to relate to. A lot of hip-hop songs fall short in the chorus category. Cudi seems to have perfected them and this track is a prime example of one of many outstanding hooks he’s managed to develop for himself. Soundtrack 2 My Life may be my favorite song on the album. And it just started!
Closing Act I is the album’s third song: Simple As… The song is, in standard Cudi form, simple and slow paced. Like most Cudi lyrics, they are very easy to relate to and make the listener feel right at home with themselves. The beat is low key and meshes beautifully with Cudi’s flow. Even though the song is so appealing, the chorus may in fact be one of the more duller of all the hooks on the album. The song closes with a short, spoken word segment, again, provided by Common.
Act II: Rise of the Night Terrors
Act II (fourth song total) opens with another stellar track, and another one of my personal favorites by Cudi; Solo Dolo (Nightmare). Solo Dolo is a beautiful song that follows in standard Cudi fashion, slow paced and simple, yet oh so magical. The lyrics are obviously drug paranoia related. I don’t have a single complaint about the song — I truly love it.
Now comes Heart of a Lion (Kid Cudi Theme Music), the most upbeat song and fastest flow from Cudi we get to see so far on the entire album. As always, a wonderful chorus and relatively simple beat. The lyrical theme here is magnificent and definitely one of the album’s better themes; nothing will stop Cudi, and he’s not going to stop trying to get what he wants. He has the heart of a lion.
The end of Act II comes with My World featuring lesser known Billy Cravens. Cudi almost raps with more of a mono toned voice throughout over a standard, slower paced beat. The lyrics go through Cudi’s child and adult life. The song is by no means bad, but when compared to the rest of the album, it may be slightly forgettable.
Act III: Taking a Trip
Moving forward and on to the next act (III), the album progresses with the biggest single to date, Day ‘n’ Night. This song may have the best production of all songs on the album. There was an obvious reason why it was chosen to be the front-running single. The beat is unbelievably catchy and the lyrics/chorus are so addicting, the song seems to never get old. More drug references, which sometimes, scares off some listeners, but Cudi manages to never overdo it. The song is simply fantastic, and is one of those very rare tracks that get released as a single that aren’t over polished and commercialized.
Following is Sky Might Fall. A hypnotizing beat with the lyrical content that everyone can relate to, it seems to be Cudi’s forte. This is another track that has superb production that sends out exactly the perfect tones that match Cudi’s words. He is basically suggesting that bad things in life are inevitable and you can keep pushing through them. Eventually you will prevail. A very relaxing song that undoubtedly fits into the album’s overall mellow vibe.
Enter Galactic (Love Connection Part I). One of the more catchier tracks on the album, the song is driven by a beat that makes you want to bob your head and has a relaxing dance vibe. It’s a fun song that has Cudi telling a girl that, though it may be her first time on drugs, he promises that this will be a wonderful ride and there won’t be regrets.
Act IV: Stuck
With a new act comes more spoken word by Common. Which is no different on Alive (Nightmare). The tracks beat is out of this world good. It has numerous elements in it and Cudi’s chorus couldn’t be any more perfect. Lyrical content containing metaphors discussing that Cudi is a different person when the moon comes out. The song features Ratatat.
CuDi Zone. It is an amazing thing when you can follow up a song with a good beat with yet another good beat. A lot of rappers are lucky if they get four to five great beats on a single album. Cudi managed to get an entire album’s worth. The song may showcase Cudi’s actual rapping talents more so than any other track on the album.
Not saying that Make Her Say is a bad song, but it perhaps is the most out of place song on the whole album. The sampling of Lady Gaga’s Poker Face is very good and both Kanye West and Common verses are exceptional. So again, the track is quite good, but my only gripe is that it feels out of place with the slow paced — extra relaxing vibe we’ve been emitting this whole time.
Another one of Kid Cudi’s singles and another home run. Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare) is such a down to earth song and again, another exception to the over commercialized single rule. A lot of the same themes as Soundtrack 2 My Life or Sky Might Fall. “Tell me what you know about dreamin'?” The album, as a whole, has a sleepy vibe to it; with the constant mention of sleeping, dreaming and the night time in general, Cudi managed to incorporate the exact same themes into even a single. I very rarely think a song is perfect. And I refuse to give songs a perfect 5/5 unless I think they truly deserve it, but damnit, this song is, in my opinion, perfect. Silent features on the track by Ratatat and MGMT.
Act V: A New Beginning
Cudi recruited fellow Cleveland rapper Chip tha Ripper for Hyyerr. And the only explanation worth giving here is that the song is about weed. And it’s relaxing. Cudi has stuck to the album’s general theme throughout and is continuing it here.
And the end of our journey brings us to a Up Up & Away (The Wake & Bake Song). The driving dreams of the song’s beat are a perfect way to end the album. It reminds you of a movie montage when all of the good things are happening at once and they show you a dozen things going on back to back with uplifting music in the background. This song on its own isn’t bad, but the fact that it’s the last song on this concept album, it fits perfectly. Cudi’s “fuck it, I’ll do me” attitude is shining through yet again on this track. And of course… The end of the album brings more spoken word with Common. Swell.
- The album’s deluxe edition has an additional three songs, which are worthy of noting (and listening to!) but I won’t be incorporating them into the album’s true review, as they are just bonus tracks. The songs are Man on the Moon (Anthem), T.G.I.F. (Thank God I’m Fresh) — (One of my favorite Cudi tracks) featuring Chip Tha Ripper and lastly, Is There Any Love? featuring Wale.
Man on the Moon: The End of Day is a phenomenal album and one of my personal favorites. And believe it or not, I do not smoke pot. Kid Cudi dug deep and put out an emotional record without whining or coming off as bitchy. You’d think due to the albums nighttime theme that it’s a dark record, but I cannot seem to view it as that. The album is extremely easy to relate to and extremely well done and at times, is very uplifting. Kid Cudi seems to have the uncanny ability to not have shitty singles. Most artists have to record a few songs on each album that their studio has a say in and must be open to commercialism. That does not seem to be the case with any of Cudi’s singles off of this album. Day ‘n’ Night was clearly the most popular song on the album and to this day, it does not get old. And not only did Kid Cudi manage to accomplish this with a single, he was able to do this with the entire album. Production from Kanye West can’t hurt either.
Final Ratings: 63/75 = 84% = 4.20/5
Easily one of the best formatted reviews to date! Much props 6xPlatinum! I’d enjoy more like this.
Thank you. I liked that the album was broken down into multiple acts. It let me play with the formatting a little bit.
Excellent album, and good review. My only pickle is that i find Hyyer to be the best song on the album, although abit out of place. Chip tha Ripper is sooooo smooth
I don’t know if Hyyerr is the best track on the album, but I will agree that Chip tha Ripper’s verse is extremely smooth and fits perfectly with the song.
how you make all that shit bold? are you an editor without the title or something?
Click the How to add links/pics etc. That helps a lot if you plan on writing long posts. Or posting pictures… And no, I am not an Editor.
Holy shit, your formatting completely blew my mind. I think I’ll steal it. Oh yeah, and the review was pretty good too.
Thanks for pointing out all the good stuff, I know I’ll be enjoying the album even more now.
’S what I love about positive reviews.
B.T.W. did anyone else notice that the end result was 4.20 out of 5?
If by that you mean the weed-smoker’s teatime, then yeah, I had a couple micro-chuckles.
Haha, why’s the formatting so good? The album was already broken down into acts, I just had to write them in. Otherwise, it’s the same format of my Lasers review.
Was the 4.20 rating intentional…?
do you do these reviews so you can be an editor? im confused