Monday, November 22, 2010

Kanye West’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’: Review Revue

By WSJ Staff Over the last year or so, rapper Kanye West has interrupted Taylor Swift, sparred with Matt Lauer, and apologized to former President George W. Bush for suggesting during the Katrina disaster that he was racist. West’s long-awaited album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” finally hits stores tomorrow. We’ve heard what he has to say about his life, now we get to hear what he has to rap about it. Here’s what the critics are saying so far about “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”: “Kanye West is arguably popular music’s most compelling and controversial figure. In the past six years, he’s been acclaimed for four groundbreaking albums and disdained for his public fits of pique and rampant narcissism. The audacious new My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (**** out of four) opens a window into an ego that is often tripping, thus exposing the insecurities and foibles that fuel West’s boundless creativity and grandiose ambitions.” [Steve Jones, USA Today ] “On his fifth studio album, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam), he owns his contradictions. What makes him so off-putting – his almost pathological allegiance to expressing his emotions, unfiltered – is also what makes him so compelling, a curious mix of bravado and vulnerability. Because of West’s let-it-blurt bluntness, he is definitely not getting a Christmas card this year from either Taylor Swift or former President George Bush. But that same transparency makes ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ a terrific album.” [Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune ] “For better or worse, he’s also the pop star for our morally implicated times; an instinctive consumer with a mouthful of diamonds and furtive bad conscience, a performer who lives the American dream to its fullest with a creeping sense of the spiritual void at its heart. ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ captures that essence in full. It’s an utterly dazzling portrait of a 21st-century schizoid man that is by turns sickeningly egocentric, contrite, wise, stupid and self-mocking.” [Alex Denney, ] This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at Five Filters featured article: Beyond Hiroshima - The Non-Reporting of Falluja's Cancer Catastrophe .

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