Worth listening to
After the worldwide video projections, the (evidently short-lived) and high security embargoYeezus had a lot to live up to.
So I was little disheartened, Kanye, when the album opened with the overly synthy and strangely disconnected On Sight.
But Black Skinhead followed it with a tribal beat laying the foundation to a textured and well constructed track, before the album moved on in a much more promising direction.
Yeezus has been praised as raw and stripped back but with its grating electro sirens, growls and unexpected bursts of what can only be described as noise, it’s questionable.
Throughout the finale, Bound 2 inexplicably samples the opening of country singer Brenda Lee’s Sweet Nothings, dropped in a way so disjointed and random it’s like listening to a DJ who hasn’t quite mastered a smooth transition.
In saying that, as fragmented as it may be at times, it’s obvious that someone has painstakingly sat in the editing booth working at these sounds and the experimenting ( thankfully) works more often than not.
Yeezus has a fair handful of strong tracks, some recalling classic Kanye and some showing his more developed and accessible side.
One such track is Blood on the Leaves which has a mix that should be jarring but somehow flows surprisingly well, going from hard and raw to soft and melodic all while sitting on top of the kind of strong rhythmic beat akin to those that many of Kanye’s hits have been built on.
Whether the downsides of Yeezus are due simply to over-experimenting, being different for the sake of being different or good ol’ Kanye ego, it’s definitely challenging but as a record, undeniably amazing.
I can’t guarantee fans or any specific type of listener is going to like it but I can promise you it’s worth a listen.
REVIEWED: Kayne West’s latest album Yeezus.