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AfAm 228: Fall 2017 Dr. Cain’s Tips and Tricks for writing successful album reviews Purpose of the album review: analyzing albums as primary documents that tell us something about the artist and time period Components of a successful album review: Paragraph 1: Introduction A catchy opening is always good: hook your reader with a quote, bold statement, or fact. Briefly introduce the album and artist. (year it came out, which # album it is for the artist) THESIS STATEMENT: What is your argument about the album? This can be about the theme(s) of the album, the album’s importance, what the album 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 in
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