"Coldest Winter"

Welcome to the winter of Kanye's discontent. On the first two singles from the upcoming 808s and Heartbreak, West drenched his sorrows in Auto-Tune, but he's more clear-voiced on this ode to his late mother. Injecting the glowing synths of Tears for Fears' "Memories Fade" with gut-punching percussion, he croons, "Will I ever love again?" It's an honest sentiment that's fortunately not deep enough to drown in.

From The Archives Issue 1065: November 13, 2008