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AfAm 228: Fall 2017Dr. Cain’s Tips and Tricks for writing successful album reviewsPurpose of the album review: analyzing albums as primary documents that tell ussomething about the artist and time periodComponents of a successful album review:Paragraph 1: IntroductionA catchy opening is always good: hook your reader with a quote, boldstatement, or fact.Briefly introduce the album and artist. (year it came out, which # album itis for the artist)THESIS STATEMENT: What is your argument about the album? This canbe about the theme(s) of the album, the album’s importance, what thealbum means for the artist, what the album means for hip hop, etc.Paragraphs 2-3: Background info on Artist, Album, Producer, etc.Also include historical context behind the album: What is happening inthe world, country, city that birthed the album?Paragraphs 4-6/7: Theme(s)of album? What is the album’s message?Use lyrics to support the themes you argue are present in the albumUse historical context of the era/moment to support your discussion ofthemes/overall message
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