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Kanye West – Yeezus (Album) | Review

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I’m happy to see Ye step back into the light and put in work.   Kanye hasn’t changed, he’s always protested that he was the best, he’s just using a new framing device which is the new sound. The base line melodies, pianos and guitars all make the album sound epic.

Without a doubt, there are some tracks on Yeezus that cannot be ignored!   Hold My Liquor in particular draws you into Kanye’s own lamentations.  The synthesizer he used early in the song and throughout serves as a great representation of slurred speech and even off-balance steps. I feel like this shattered the limits of possibilities for storytelling on a record.  New Slaves and Blood On The Leaves are amazing records as well, I just feel like they are overshadowed by the mediocrity of the tracks that follow.

A few more songs than normal really missed the mark on this album.  The music and the concept is very profound in making his point that he the best rapper alive, but he didn’t really give me any new information. When your favorite artist releases a new album it should simulate a phone call from an old friend that you miss dearly. You want to know what’s new with them and you want to be reassured they are the same person you bothered to keep in touch with in the first place.

We defend our favorite artists like we know them personally don’t we?  That’s why I’m so disappointed by this album.  I’ve been fending off haters with a copy of The College Dropout for years and Yeezus decayed that fortification from the inside out with okay lyrics, questionable music and random screams throughout the album. I understand that artists change and grow over time, but this is not a result of growth. In my opinion Yeezus is the fruit of Kanye’s own isolation and a lack of competitiveness in the genre.  This is how I feel about his new album. Check it out and let me know how you feel.

 GRADE: C+

Favorite Tracks:

Bound 2

New Slaves

Hold My Liquor

Blood On The Leaves - Crazy Sample!

Watch Kanye Perform ‘New Slaves’ Live on SNL

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