Here's an album debate/review on Kanye West's Yeezus between Heartbreaker (aka Connor) and Brono (Chris), which turned into a Facebook conversation when our other form of communication fell out. Enjoy.
Heartbreaker: Well, how'd you feel about the overall sound of the album? Extremely electronic, even some hints of trap
Bronco: Yeah def
Bronco: It's like My Beautiful Dark Twisted 808s
Heartbreaker: I didn't like it much
Bronco: Of course you didn't
Heartbreaker: I thought it was too experimental
Heartbreaker: Even for Kanye
Bronco: I think on one or two songs yeah, overall I think it works
Bronco: Either way that was obviously his intent
Bronco: Going for that minimalist sound
Heartbreaker: I mean it's the direction that music is going in so I can't fault him for taking that step, but I don't know how I feel about his voice on the electro
Heartbreaker: Yeah very minimalist. Speaking of which, how about that run time
Heartbreaker: 40 minutes?
Bronco: I ain't mad at it
Bronco: Again I think that's what he was going for
Heartbreaker: I mean Illmatic was 40 minutes...but it costs 12 dollars for 40 minutes of music
Heartbreaker: Especially 40 minutes that I won't be relistening to much...
Bronco: True, probably should've been $9.99
Bronco: at least
Bronco: I remember there was talk that it would be a free album
Heartbreaker: Could he be cheating the listener by being so minimalistic? Was there really>
Bronco: That's pretty subjective
Heartbreaker: In your opinion
Bronco: I don't feel cheated at all
Bronco: But I don't think the notion of feeling cheated here is so left field
Heartbreaker: Haven't you ever felt cheated by an album before?
Bronco: Good thing I only paid like $4 for that slaughterhouse album
Heartbreaker: Food and Liquor II, for example. Haha on the Slaughterhouse
Bronco: Ugh I didn't even go near F&L2
Heartbreaker: I downloaded Food and Liquor II and felt cheated of the 70 minutes I spent listening to it
Heartbreaker: I didn't feel I got a real Lupe experience. And I feel like here I didn't get Kanye's best effort.
Bronco: How do you define his best effort though?
Bronco: Like I definitely wasn't expecting another MBDTF so I wasn't disappointed in that regard
Oh ok fair enough. I guess I felt like in terms of lyrical content and song potential fulfillment, I didn't get the best Kanye. Like Dark Twisted Fantasy was experimental in sound, content and structure, but every song sounded complete, it had a sensical conclusion. I thought this was experimental for experimentation's sake. Like he tried something new, it didn't sound great, but he just continued to run with it. It's the same way I feel about Indicud. That's the album I would most compare this to.
Honestly, Yeezus makes more sense on Kanye's career arc than it does in 2013.
Yes it does
Like we can look back and say, yeah Kanye tried an all electronic album, just like we can look back on 808s and say "Look at the way Kanye tried this much softer album!" It doesn't make it any better though.
That reminds me of another issue with this album. Some electronic music uses notes that are out of the range of most speakers. A lot of drum and bass, for example, uses basslines too low for regular speakers to pick up, so the only good way to hear it is at live shows where the speakers have the range for the songs.
Finally, I listened to it on an iHome with ok range. It still doesn't sound right compared to my computer. The point is, along with the minimalism, this is NOT an accessible CD to the average listener.
After a long and successful career, singer/guitarist Dewey Cox begins to work on creating the perfect song, parodying some of the super long songs in the 70s. His song ends up being over an hour long and includes like 200 instruments. It sounds horrendous. Kanye will one day drop the rap version of this album.