Lyrics & Delivery: 3.5/5.0
Overall Score: 4.0/5.0
Review by MrReesh - Multitudinous, never platitudinous - @MrReesh
Are you a God?
Now I know that’s quite a deep philosophical question to start off an album review with, but for the most part I choose to believe that most people lack that certain level of narcissistic corruption to warrant a positive response – not Kanye. Stand (or sit, I can’t tell what you're doing because I’m not a God) in awe of Yeezus, Mr West’s latest solo album. Taking three years to rise it is a good album, albeit plagued by egotistical and self gratifying lyrics and production which sometimes surpasses the line between unique and bizarre. Other times his lyrics can come across generic, though a slight seasoning of Kanye wordplay does spice things up from time to time.
|Don't make that face, you know you'd try it|
Other songs contain similarly wonderfully raw and aggressive samples such as the soul shaking tuba thingamajig in Blood on The Leaves, which plays alongside an autotune assisted Kanye to produce one of the most exciting tracks on the album, though I’m in It (the tune where he says he speaks “swaghili” and so is the cause of the now popular Instagram caption), Send It Up and Guilt Trip have similar features which take it to a similar level. The tribal Lost In The World echoing Black Skinhead also does this too. Aside from Guilt Trip and Send It Up feeling a bit dragged at some points this simple volatile production works well, as it does enough to get you vybzing to the track and convey the feeling Ye was very obviously going for, without getting you so aggressive that you’d do something like this. Bound comes as a pink suede elephant wearing a top hat though; a more retro Kanye sample beat where he raps about a genuine love? Dafuq? It too is decent, though it seems to be an afterthought that doesn’t feel as polished as the rest of the pieces.
|There's too much food in this review|
Yeezus is a good album. Its originality of production and feeling of it being something you haven’t heard before makes it something you want to listen to, but whether that feeling lasts as you listen throughout the album is debatable. The problem is its unique sound is like a shell around what is mostly a forgettable album, and much like the poorly applied foundation of a Kardashian sister, cracks do show eventually. Still it’s worth a listen, even if just to contribute to the debate whether it is in fact “good”, but don’t expect the second coming – GEDDIT?
My Top 3:
1) New Slaves
2) Blood On The Leaves
3) I’m In It
Note that the stream below may take you to the Spotify website, though you can still listen without an account.
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