Attention Deficit (album)

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Attention Deficit
Attention Deficit (Wale album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Wale
Released November 7, 2009
Recorded 2007–09
Genre Alternative hip hop
Length 53:42
Label
Producer
Wale chronology
Attention Deficit
(2009)
Ambition
(2011)Ambition2011
Singles from Attention: Deficit
  1. "Chillin"
    Released: April 14, 2009
  2. "World Tour"
    Released: September 8, 2009
  3. "Pretty Girls"
    Released: October 6, 2009

Attention Deficit is the debut studio album by American rapper Wale; it was released on November 10, 2009, by Allido Records and Interscope Records in the United States.[1]

Upon its release, Attention Deficit received generally positive reviews from music critics. The album peaked at number 21 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single "Chillin" featuring Lady Gaga, was released on April 14, 2009. The song was a charter hit. It peaked at number 12 on the UK Singles Chart on the chart ending September 12, 2009. It also spent a total of 6 weeks on the chart. This is Wale's highest-charting single in the United Kingdom.

The album's second single "World Tour" featuring Jazmine Sullivan, was released on September 8, 2009.

The album's third single "Pretty Girls" featuring Gucci Mane and Weensey (of Backyard Band), was released on October 6, 2009.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (77/100)[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club B+[4]
Entertainment Weekly B[5]
The New York Times favorable[6]
Pitchfork Media (6.6/10.0)[7]
PopMatters (7/10)[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[10]
The Washington Post favorable[11]
XXL (XL)[12]

Attention Deficit received generally favorable reviews from music critics.[2] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 77, based on 21 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable".[2] David Jeffries of Allmusic gave the album a favorable review.[3] The A.V. Club's Nathan Rabin gave the album a B+ rating.[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

Attention Deficit debuted at number 21 on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 28,000 copies in the United States.[13] As of June 2013, the album has sold over 200,000 copies in the United States.[14][15]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Triumph" Dave Sitek 2:25
2. "Mama Told Me"
  • Akintimehin
  • Julian Nixon
  • Craig Balmoris
Best Kept Secret 3:37
3. "Mirrors" (featuring Bun B) Ronson 4:17
4. "Pretty Girls" (featuring Gucci Mane & Weensey from Backyard Band)
Best Kept Secret 4:11
5. "World Tour" (featuring Jazmine Sullivan) Cool & Dre 3:47
6. "Let It Loose" (featuring Pharrell Williams) The Neptunes 4:49
7. "90210"
  • Akintimehin
  • Ronson
  • Ronson
  • Dejion
3:27
8. "Shades" (featuring Chrisette Michele)
Best Kept Secret 3:56
9. "Chillin" (featuring Lady Gaga)
Cool & Dre 3:24
10. "TV in the Radio" (featuring K'naan)
Dave Sitek 3:20
11. "Contemplate" Syience 3:33
12. "Diary" (featuring Marsha Ambrosius)
The Sleepwalkers 4:31
13. "Beautiful Bliss" (featuring Melanie Fiona & J. Cole) 5:04
14. "Prescription"
  • Akintimehin
  • Nixon
  • Balmoris
Best Kept Secret 3:27
Samples credits
  • "Pretty Girls" contains a sample of Backyard Band's go-go rendition of "Girls" by The Moments & Whatnauts
  • "Chillin" contains a sample of "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" by Steam
  • "Mama Told Me" contains a sample of "Summer Madness" by Kool and the Gang
  • "Contemplate" contains a sample of "Question Existing" from the album Good Girl Gone Bad by Rihanna
  • "Diary" contains a sample of "La Valse d'Amélie" by Yann Tiersen
  • "My Sweetie" contains a sample of "Let Me Love You" by Bunny Mack
  • "Beautiful Bliss" contains a sample of "(Do It, Do It) No One Does It Better" by The Spinners and "Theme Music to a Drive By" By Lupe Fiasco
  • "World Tour" contains a sample of "Award Tour" by A Tribe Called Quest
  • "Prescription" contains an interpolated sample of "Modaji" by Dave Grusin

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wale's 'Attention' Gets Sidetracked". Rap-Up. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Attention Deficit Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. Archived from the original on November 12, 2009. Retrieved November 11, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Attention Deficit – Wale > Review". AllMusic. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Rabin, Nathan (November 17, 2009). "Wale: Attention Deficit". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  5. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon. Review: Attention Deficit. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2009-11-09.
  6. ^ Pareles, Jon. Review: Attention Deficit. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2009-11-09.
  7. ^ Fennessey, Sean. Review: Attention Deficit. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved on 2009-11-10.
  8. ^ Jayasuriya, Mehan. Review: Attention Deficit. PopMatters. Retrieved on 2009-11-11.
  9. ^ Dolan, Jon. "Review: Attention Deficit". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on January 6, 2010. Retrieved November 8, 2009. 
  10. ^ McBee, Wilson. "Review: Attention:Deficit". Slant Magazine. Archived from the original on November 11, 2009. Retrieved November 8, 2009. 
  11. ^ Richards, Chris (November 10, 2009). "Music review: District rapper Wale's 'Attention Deficit'". Washington Post. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  12. ^ Samuel, Anslem. "Review: Wale, Attention: Deficit". XXL. Harris Publications. Archived from the original on November 24, 2009. Retrieved November 8, 2009. 
  13. ^ http://www.prefixmag.com/news/wales-ambition-expected-to-sell-close-to-200k-copi/58195/Wzp.uV
  14. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/464962/rick-ross-wale-the-billboard-cover-story-part-ii
  15. ^ "Wale: Don't Call me Wale!". Blue & Soul. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  16. ^ "Wale Album & Song Chart History". Billboard 200 for Wale. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
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  18. ^ a b "Wale Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Top Rap Albums for Wale. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2011.