In The City

Album Review of In The City by Kevin Rudolf.

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In The City

Kevin Rudolf

In The City by Kevin Rudolf

Release Date: Nov 24, 2008
Record label: Cash Money
Genre(s): Pop, Rap

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In The City - Average, Based on 4 Critics

Entertainment Weekly - 79
Based on rating B+
79

This Miami Beach multi-instrumentalist made his bones playing on and producing records by David Banner and the Black Eyed Peas. Like Timbaland and the Neptunes before him, though, Rudolf’s behind-the-scenes work only whetted his limelight appetite, so here he steps out with a weirdly infectious debut that mixes his rap-track know-how with his love of guitar-god theatrics. (Think ”Beat It,” not Limp Bizkit.) In the City never veers too far from the stadium-ready sound of ”Let It Rock,” Rudolf’s top 10 collaboration with rapper Lil Wayne.

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AllMusic - 60
Based on rating 6/10
60

Sold as a rap/rock/pop triple threat with massive crossover potential, Kevin Rudolf is actually less hip-hop than Kid Rock, Fergie, and maybe even Gwen Stefani. Even if the rap bit is oversold, this hip-pop-rock kid who performs, writes, and produces is keenly aware of how much urban music flavor the pop music genre had absorbed since the millennium turned. He loves a guitar crunch and there are too many fist-raising rock anthems on his debut album to call this rap/rock/pop in equal shares, but when superstar rapper, Rudolf advocate, and Cash Money label boss Lil Wayne shows up, In the City becomes an album for the second MTV generation.

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The Guardian - 60
Based on rating 3/5
60

AMiami-based jack-of-all-trades who's being launched into 2009 as a cross between Pharrell, Justin Timberlake and Sam Sparro, Kevin Rudolf does have one unassailable thing going for him: the monster single Let It Rock. Featuring a Lil' Wayne guest spot and a metallic, continent-sized chorus. It has deservedly sold 1m downloads in America. The rest of the album? Though Rudolf sandwiches together rock, R&B and hip-hop like an up-to-the-minute genre-bender, at heart he loves his guitar and the soft-rock noises it makes.

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PopMatters - 40
Based on rating 4/10
40

Let’s start with the obvious: “Let It Rock” is one monster of a single. Built on a simple synth-lick, boisterous rock guitars, and a catchy-as-hell chorus, “Let It Rock” is a defiantly disposable anthem that retains its impact with multiple listens. It’s a remarkable achievement given that singer Kevin Rudolf not only wrote it himself, but he also produced it and played all the guitar parts on it by his lonesome.

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