Kids See Ghosts
Kids See Ghosts


4.5
superb

Review

by Sebastian USER (76 Reviews)
June 8th, 2018 | 87 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Three from three.

If DAYTONA is the hardcore older brother, and Ye is the soulful older sister, Kids See Ghosts is the younger sibling striving to make himself heard in a family who’s forgotten him. Kid Cudi has had a rough ride these last few years, never quite living up to the bar he set with Man on the Moon. His public meltdown following the release of the atrocious Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven felt like a given, as sad as it was. As a result, his team-up with Kanye is his first real work post-meltdown. And with two fantastic albums already under his belt in the past two weeks, Kanye presents a beautiful journey into the unknown, floating upside down along a river as the world passes by as Cudi croons as you float away.

And it feels damn-near perfect.

At this point, no one expected Kids See Ghosts to sound anything like its ‘predecessors’, but if anyone expected this, they’re straight lying. Instrumentally diverse and vocally intensive, it’s dip between heavy beats and soulful hums proves an amazing listen. Though Cudi has never been the best vocalist, his lower register proves the perfect backdrop for Kanye’s production, with the self-titled track and ‘Cudi Montage’ both sporting both a Kanye and Cudi verse perfectly placed between a driving beat. Further along, the soulful ‘Freeee (Ghost Town Pt. 2)’ picks up where ‘Ghost Town’ left off, pushing forward with a thick guitar line as both artists convey how they feel, well, freeeeeeeee. It does tend to drag on a little too long, but follow-up ‘Feel The Love’ more than makes up for it as Cudi gets introspective; I had my issues/Ain’t that much I could do/Peace is something that starts with me; all the while a drum-piano combo drives the track, intertwining with Cudi’s flat but appropriate croons.

Elsewhere, ‘Fire’ causes a doubletake; a dark, minimalist beat that allows Kanye to flow brilliantly; Always thought you’d make it but damn now you hella known/Let’s address some topics that I can’t embellish on. The moments where Kanye take control are sparse, but always fantastic, and his presence in the production is duly noted, particularly on closer ‘Reborn’. Acoustically led and starting slow before exploding with colour midway through the song, Kanye and Cudi work in tandem to create a beautiful closer the encapsulates what makes Kids See Ghosts so enticing; one huge name allowing another to redeem himself.

And that’s why it feels so fulfilling; Kids See Ghosts is a strikingly different approach to a sound both artists have toyed with in the past, resulting in a listen that explodes with environments filled to the brim with open fields and cold emptiness that co-exist. Though Cudi can begin to grate, his flat vocal delivery melds perfectly into the stellar production Kanye has developed over his previous two projects, even seeing Cudi delve back into his trademark rap tone. As a result, Kids See Ghost is a fulfilling project that mixes a redemption arc with an album streak that can’t seem to be broken.

Three from three.

4.5/5

Recommended Tracks: Kids See Ghosts, Feel The Love, Fire, Reborn



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Drubbi
June 8th 2018


298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album cover is so gorgeous, if I wasn't a poor uni boy I'd drop the cash for the merch.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 8th 2018


24322 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

woah that was quick...

Sinternet
June 8th 2018


18553 Comments


if it's any plus on the merch front from what i can tell they're just gildan hoodies so not worth the fuss/price

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McTime50
June 8th 2018


826 Comments


when is this thing going on spotify?

also, i've noticed this "kanye produced" series of reviews all have a similar structure, that's pretty neat actually. was that intentional?

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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
June 8th 2018


16661 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That old Jazz sample on “4th dimension” (which is really the third track right? Whatever we’re calling the 3rd track) is HEAT

McTime50
June 8th 2018


826 Comments


is thing only on tidal right now or what, am i just dumb?

ianblxdsoe
June 8th 2018


1910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

solid review for how long it’s been out; i’d recommend giving an album (especially with this much to dissect [at least from certain perspectives lol]) of this magnitude more time to settle, especially considering most people around the world have only heard in through the listening party n shit. then again i’m also quite possibly the last fuckin person on this site who should be saying this given my track record from last year but ¯_(ツ)_/¯ anyways great review regardless, it gives a great idea on the albums general sounds without giving too much detail away to those who might be more willing to analyze as a listener. pos’d hard

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Drubbi
June 8th 2018


298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@McTime it's on Google Music as well. And yeah, the structure was intentional. Set myself a goal to review all the new Kanye releases. Two more(?) to go now.

McTime50
June 8th 2018


826 Comments


it would be so funny if Nas' album fell super flat somehow, and I wake up to see "three from four".

ianblxdsoe
June 8th 2018


1910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

lol i can’t wait for one of these to be a dud

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 8th 2018


24322 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

where the chorus?

Piglet
June 8th 2018


7815 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

its no speeding bullet 3 heaven

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
June 8th 2018


16661 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

tracks 3 and 4 are the heat. Not a fan of 5

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 8th 2018


24322 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i liked the first 4 tracks a lot, Reborn feels like a classic Cudi song, Kids See Ghosts is a cool change of tone...idk im really loving all of this

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
June 8th 2018


16661 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I’m telling you, despite my individual feelings on the albums it’s all coming together...shuffling through the 35 will be a joy

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
June 8th 2018


16661 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

On Spotify rn btw

onionbubs
June 8th 2018


10772 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

woa so this is good sick

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 8th 2018


24322 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yay spotify stream...let's go bois

Rigma
June 8th 2018


852 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

for something finished minutes before the listening party this owns

JeetJeet
June 8th 2018


6064 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Waaaaay better than that trash Ye dropped last week. Cudi really elevates everything.

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