Kanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy







There has been so much electronic ink spilled over the genius of the latest (and greatest) album from Mr. Kanye West. I admit, no less than two weeks into the album’s public existence and even I am having a bit of backlash to the mega-ginormous-super-über-hype of how this album, apparently, is more or less the greatest thing since bread came sliced.

It’s not.

It is, however, pretty freaking great. That much I wouldn’t dream of denying. Kanye West thinks big, he always has. And this album shoots for the stars and hits with regular accuracy. The production, as usual with Mr. West is quite stellar. Nearly every track is packed with big sounds, big beats, big boasts…the sucker’s just big. The two things that have defined Kanye West’s career are his ambition and his talent and with each recording that he produces or releases those two ingredients make their presence undeniable.

At this point, there’s really not a whole lot I feel I need to add the ongoing canonization of Yeezy’s latest opus. Sonically it is extremely progressive, expansive and bombastic. These particular qualities are, to me, the albums positives and negatives.

A couple of the tracks run a bit too long, in my opinion. Even the album’s highlight, “Runaway” goes on unnecessarily for about two or three minutes after the song SHOULD end. Really ‘Ye, do we need to hear you babbling in autotune for three minutes? Does it add anything to the song? Not at all. The other nitpick I have is that while from a pure listening standpoint, MBDTF is quite a compelling and often thrilling listen. It’s just not all that much fun. There’s no problem at all with an extremely talented artist giving in to his own id. But Kanye has a proven track record of making music, whether its for himself or another artist, that is FUN.

These are small complaints, though. What does really matter is that Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is one of the most remarkable personal statements any hip-hop artist has made since The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.