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Out Monday 11/22

Us Rating: ****

When Kanye West isn't pressing people's buttons, he's pushing the musical envelope. And he thrusts it to a new zenith on his fifth studio CD, an unerring opus of hip-hop as high art. Only West could swirl vanguard production and a canon of A-list cameos (Elton John! Chris Rock!) into a brew this complex and captivating. (Def Jam)