Kanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy


5.0
classic

Review

by wtferrothorn USER (36 Reviews)
April 8th, 2015 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Chapter 5: Magnum Opus

Kanye should’ve disappeared from the public eye for good. He should’ve been publicly shunned for what he did. That one moment should’ve ruined his reputation as a respectable artist right then and there, and for a while, it looked like it did. He ran from music and enveloped himself into the fashion world after the infamous 2009 VMA’s incident. However, what we didn’t know, was that he had gathered some of the biggest names in music to help him create the album that would be his comeback.

Sonically, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is easily Kanye’s greatest achievement to date. The album takes a maximalist approach with its style; there's almost always something going on in the production whether it's at the forefront or a subtle touch that makes the track just a bit more perfect. However, West doesn't go overboard with it. Each musical idea is given just enough time to truly feel fleshed out without dragging on too long. Also, as a collage of all the previous styles, he not only perfectly replicated all the previous styles he’s played with, but improved them. The Graduation-esque electronic tracks pack a bigger punch that some tracks of the album lacked, the soul-tinged sound of College Dropout sounds grander than ever, and “Runaway” takes the autotuned-charged emotion from 808s and Heartbreaks and takes it to places nobody thought possible.

It’s almost impossible for one man (or woman) to hold up rap albums, and this one is obviously no exception.. Everyone here brings their A-game: Rick Ross and Jay-Z both contribute greatly in “Devil In A New Dress” and “So Appalled” (respectively), Nicki Minaj spits the best verse of her career in “Monster”, and Rihanna, John Legend, Pusha T, and even indie darling Bon Iver delivers spectacular hooks on their respective tracks. However, Kanye is not a man to be overshadowed, as he gives us his best lyrics since The College Dropout. While he does show off his MC skills in “Power” and “Monster”, two tracks where the production style allows for a flashy rapping style, he does his best when he’s simply musing about what he cares most about: love, fame, and himself.

Albums about fame are nothing new. Rap albums about love, while not as common, are also far from revolutionary. However, the way Fantasy tackles the subjects puts an interesting spin on them that make them feel fresher than ever. Tracks like “Power” and “Gorgeous”, instead of simply bragging about how famous he is, has Kanye questioning what fame means and how it’s affected him emotionally and mentally. He sees that as he gets bigger, so does his problems. His life is spiraling out of control like a fiery ball of drugs, sex, excess, and porn star wives. But what West is trying to express with idea is expertly expressed in these 5 bars from "POWER":

“Reality is catching up with me/ Taking my inner child, I’m fighting for custody/ With these responsibilities that they entrusted me/As I look down at my diamond encrusted piece/ Thinking no one man should have all that power”

However, everything changes once you reach the 9-minute epic:“Runaway”. In this track, West tells of his troubles with love and his infamous ego, and it’s absolutely stunning hearing a rap song, a genre infamous for its unacceptance of emotional weakness, have its arguably biggest star admit to all his mistakes and faults, leaving himself vulnerable in a way that feels absolutely genuine. In addition, the final three minutes of this track is an awe-inspiringly beautiful showcase of lush strings and autotune coming together to truly make something wonderful. This track also signifies a change in mood within Fantasy. The second half of this album revolves around West’s failed relationships, and lyrically, it surpasses the 1st half, which is quite the feat to accomplish. The tracks don’t simply tell about how much this girl is the worst thing ever, or how it’s all West’s fault. It’s depicted like an actual breakup: nothing is all black and white and things can get ugly. Its tracks like these that break the molds that hip-hop has been put into, and shows actual human emotions instead being simple power fantasies where one side is always 100% right.

Many say that after an artist is long gone, that while their antics will fade from memories, the music will last forever. However Mr. West doesn’t want that to happen. His life is his music, and it’s nearly impossible for you to fully understand it unless you understand him as a character. He is an egotistical, rude, arrogant man, and he wants you to know it. But one thing that captures Kanye West is this one word: passionate, and this is his passion project.



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Asdfp277
April 8th 2015


22157 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"However, Kanye is not a man to be overshadowed, as he shows his greatest gives us his best lyrics since The College Dropout."

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" In addition, the final three minutes of this track is awe-inspiringly beautiful showcase of lush strings and autotune coming together to truly make something wonderful."

-"is an awe-inspiring..."?



"However Mr. West doesn’t want that do happen."

-you definitely didn't proofread this



wtferrothorn
April 8th 2015


5849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for pointing those out, I'll go fix em'.

Funeralopolis
April 8th 2015


14397 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

" unless you him as a character"



unless you understand him as a character*

Digging: Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind

Ayashi
April 8th 2015


295 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Album is just that good. I'll still put this on over Kendrick. Way different artists of course, but nothing beats this!

Tunaboy45
April 8th 2015


17009 Comments


Not a fan of him but Power is a great song

Asdfp277
April 8th 2015


22157 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Many say that after an artist is long gone, that while their antics will fade from memories, the music will last forever."

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leaving aside the typos here and there, thorough the whole review, all you do is call this revolutionary citing the fact that kayne showed some emotion on this. do u really think this justifies a 5.0?



"Tracks like 'Power' and 'Gorgeous', instead of simply bragging about how famous he is, has Kanye questioning what fame means and how it’s affected him emotionally and mentally."



"...and it’s absolutely stunning hearing a rap song, a genre infamous for its unacceptance of emotional weakness, have its arguably biggest star admit to all his mistakes and faults, leaving himself vulnerable in a way that feels absolutely genuine."



"The tracks don’t simply tell about how much this girl is the worst thing ever, or how it’s all West’s fault. It’s depicted like an actual breakup: nothing is all black and white and things can get ugly. Its tracks like these that break the molds that hip-hop has been put into, and shows actual human emotions instead being simple power fantasies where one side is always 100% right."



wtferrothorn
April 8th 2015


5849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Asdfp Well I felt that I expressed how amazing the production was at not only bringing all of his previous styles of production together masterfully, but succeeding in taking a maximalistic approach to the sound and not making it sound overstuffed. I also noted how great almost all the guest artists and Kanye himself were when it came to verses/hooks.



If there's an album that has me loving every song, has everyone bringing their A-game, and not only breaks form the norms of their genre, I feel like it deserves that 5.





Asdfp277
April 8th 2015


22157 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

k, just checking. i gotta admit, it feels like ur giving it a 5 for nothing; many a band have perfected their style, and expressing emotions isn't that revolutionary in music, but, you do you, no worries

wtferrothorn
April 8th 2015


5849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's alright. Plus, thanks for pointing out all the mistakes I missed.

wtferrothorn
April 8th 2015


5849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wrote this review a couple a months ago before I got the hang of it, so I guess it would make sense this one would be a bit rough.

heyadam
April 8th 2015


3111 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Dope review. Still my favorite Ye record - College Dropout got me into rap, but this album is phenomenal

Gwyn.
April 8th 2015


17190 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review man

PowerBlitz
April 8th 2015


131 Comments


I really need to listen to this album..
Good review bro

oisincoleman64
April 8th 2015


2335 Comments


I really need to listen to this album [2] and the rest of Kanye's discography

wtferrothorn
April 9th 2015


5849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You so need to oisin. His discography is ace.

SharkTooth
April 9th 2015


14141 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There are some 'duds' imo, but when he's good, he's very good

wtferrothorn
April 9th 2015


5849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I feel like the best part of his discog is that every album brings something new to the table.

deathschool
April 9th 2015


25223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Shouldn't every album do that?

SharkTooth
April 9th 2015


14141 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

keyword: should



that doesn't mean every album will

wtferrothorn
April 9th 2015


5849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ Believe me, there are some artists that find a formula that works and just stick with it, never experimenting.



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