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A fan can't help but grin when Nas refers to his métier as "little vignettes" on his 10th studio album: These 14 tracks seem positively Dickensian, with full-bodied productions dramatically fleshing out densely packed rhymes. Hell, the final verse alone of "World's an Addiction" crams in more plot points than a long-running soap opera. The program leans heavily on symphonic sounds up front, then gradually integrates sunnier textures, including a lovey-dovey duet recorded with Amy Winehouse before her death last July ("Cherry Wine"). The intensity of Nas' flow never subsides, yet that variety of moods prevents "Life Is Good" from feeling bombastic. - Kurt B. Reighley
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