'Yeezus': The reviews are in
June 19th, 2013
04:03 PM ET

'Yeezus': The reviews are in

The wait is over and the reviews are in for Kanye West's album, "Yeezus."

The 10-track offering is West's sixth studio album, following 2011's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," and quite possibly his most talked about project before its actual release. Now that "Yeezus" is officially available, critics, fans and other artists are sharing their thoughts about the rapper/producer, and his darkest album to date.

Jumping from house ("Hold My Liquor"), to techno ("On Sight"), to sampling a song about a lynching (Nina Simone's "Strange Fruit"), West is all over the place. But does it work?

"Every mad genius has to make a record like this at least once in his career," wrote Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone, which gave the album 4 out of 5 stars.  "Being a work of Kanye West, 'Yeezus' is also a brilliant, obsessive-compulsive career auto-correct."

Others outlets like Pitchfork, who gave the album a 9.5/10, also heaped praise.

"'Yeezus' is something of a razor-sharpened take on 2008's distressed '808's & Heartbeak,' and marks a blunt break with the filigreed maximalism Kanye so thoroughly nailed on 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,'" wrote Ryan Dombal.

Others weren't so kind.

"Ultimately, 'Yeezus' is the least likable album Kanye’s ever made," wrote Ryan Reed of Paste.

One of the biggest gripes about "Yeezus" has been the seemingly lyrical laziness on tracks like "Black Skinhead," where he boasts about how he "Keeps it 300 like the Romans." Yeah, somewhere the ghost of King Leonidas and 300 Spartans are rolling in their graves. Not to mention, there is little to no mention of West's newborn daughter or baby mama.

"Despite a handful of arresting quirks and kinks, the lyrics on 'Yeezus' are West’s least refined and probably his least compelling," wrote Chris Richards of The Washington Post.

What do think about "Yeezus"?


soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. M.A.P.

    It's true that the lyrics become more annoying on this record with each listen. The production is great but those words are eeehhk! "Hurry up with my damn croissants"????

    July 4, 2013 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tom V.

    Kanye might be a jerk but he is one of the most talented producer's in the industry.

    July 4, 2013 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. LeeG

    I didnt like this album at all. Lazy lyrics and more production than music.

    July 2, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rc

    Nina Simone's Strange Fruit??? Shows just how much these kids no music, history and musical history for that much. Strange Fruit can only be attributed to Billie Holiday, who first sang and recorded it in 1939.

    Don't trust a critic who hails the merits of an album when they can properly cite supposed muscial references the album pulls from.

    July 2, 2013 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. Toothless in Seattle

    I am a Yeazy Fan.... I hate the new release. It sucks!!

    June 28, 2013 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Real

      This album is a classic. Hip hop is more than just regular old trunk bumping beats. I liked how creatice he was with this album.

      July 1, 2013 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. SALON VISITS...CONFIRM.

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    June 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CONFIRM WALLDARNIT COMMENT

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    June 26, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. C. Lionel Spencer

    Yeezus. Well, this album, in my opinion, requires a sympathetic listen. Even though I agree with The Washington Post that it is his least lyrically refined album, I also think it is by far his most ambitious and creative. It isn't void of relevant content nor instrumental complexity as many assume. If the album was a hip hop instrumental album alone, it would rank as one of the best produced albums thus far this year. It's a bit more abstract then his previous effort which was excellent in the standard of Kanye West music, but this, Yeezus, is a new Kanye West standard. It is because of this I believe we should listen sympathetically. This is his new 808's and Heartbreaks minus most of the emotional and lyrical depth; however, just like that was met with mixed reviews and later hail for it's greatness, I have reason to believe Yeezus will as well.

    June 26, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Farmergirl

    The man just has no talent!

    June 26, 2013 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Real

      Kanye has alot of talent. you might not like his music or him as a person but dude is talented

      July 1, 2013 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Panthro

    That arrogant clown needs to write a song about that STOP sign that whooped his a$$...LMFAO

    June 24, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. THIS MACHINE WILL BE UNWALLED TOMORROW..16 YEAR OLD.

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    June 20, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. INTELLIGENT HUMOR...HOW IS THAT IF ITS THE SAME PERSON TALKING TOO ITSELF ABOUT THE SAME PROBLEM FOR 12 YEARS...

    GROW UP LEAVE ALREADY...LET PEOPLE HAVE FUN THIS BLOG IS FOR THE PUBLIC TOO HAVE FUN WITH
    NOT YOU TOO CONTROL

    June 20, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BLOGS THEN ANSWERS HER OWN QUESTION 1 MILLION TIMES...YOU DO NOT HAVE TOO BE INTELLIGENT TO DO THAT...THIS BLOGGING IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCES....ITS MOSTLY 1 TALKING TO ITSELF.

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    June 20, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. 100 MILLION VERSION OF MY LIFE SUCKS, WHERE IS HE, WHY IS HE, WHY ME WHY HIM -- NOTHING TO DO WITH TOPIC OF FUN...ALL CRAP

    THE HAPPY COUPLES

    June 20, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. HOW MANY WAYS CAN SOMEONE SAY THEIR LIFE SUCKS...WHAT IS HERE INT HE LAST YEAR 100 MILLION VERSIONS WRITTEN ..YOUR NOT THAT INTELLIGENT BECAUSE ITS ALL ABOUT HER

    HAPPY COUPLES

    June 20, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  16. ITS ALL HERRRRRRRR FAULT THIS HAPPENED...

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    June 20, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  17. PRINT MY COMMENTS WHERE SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE STARTED THE PROBLEM---IT ALLLLLLLLLL HER FAULT.

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    June 20, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Sean

    Lyrically DECLINED. Go back to the drawing boards. I'm not quite sure how so many people would be willing to fall into line with something so egotistically awful. But hey, even the evil have followers. Hard work I'm sure was put in, but unfortunately the fruits of this labor, are short of satisfactory.

    June 20, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  19. NOW SHE'LL BE HYSTERICAL ON ALL THE WEBSITES ABOUT HER "EXIT PLAN" THAT'S GOING ON FOR 10 YEARS NOW.

    SPLAT

    June 20, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  20. SHE HAS HER OWN AGENDA SHE KNOWS HER THOUGHT PROCESS...HER LITTLE JOKE FAILED LIKE IT ALWAYS...WHAT AM I ON STAGE HERE FOR MY HEALTH

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    June 20, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  21. we wish all the best this couple and congrats on the baby...they are what true love is.

    all the best

    June 20, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • beth

      ugh ugh ugh you have got to be kidding the relationship may last 6 months if your lucky

      July 1, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  22. NO YOUR AN ANGRY NO TALENT A - HOLE--NOT HIM...

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    June 20, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  23. holly spainer

    He is a angrey no talent A**hole! Now he knocked up the KASH KOW so we have to hear more about this jerk and KTRASH and that baby!

    June 20, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Mark

    I listened to the entire album and it's 90% garbage. Bring back "Graduation" Kanye. We get it – you're angry. You're also rich and sit in the studio making music as your 'job'. The anger rings hollow, and I'm glad I didn't buy the album.

    June 20, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  25. M.A.P.

    I never liked any of his music before but yeezus is awesome and you losers calling it garbage probably have terrible taste in music. At least it's innovative and new, sure some of the lyrics are stupid, but the production is awesome – punk rap is finally here.

    June 20, 2013 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
  26. Raechel

    This is Kanye's fiercest, most unbridled creation yet. The lyrics show a complete lack of hesitation while the production maintains his LCD-like attention to detail. Riveting, stunning, an evolutionary step in the relationship between hip-hop and electronica.

    June 20, 2013 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  27. weswimgood

    I personally loved Yeezus! I'm listening to it right now actually ha.

    June 19, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  28. calling a man a beast...is a compliment...for instance..

    janine and i will say-there is a beast coming towards us...(its a compliment)

    June 19, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Kanye: so full of himself...so full of sh!t...

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    June 19, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  30. If they see me at a mall there gonna beat kim up--shaking like a leaf how about you guys.

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    June 19, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  31. me

    George bush doesn't hate Black people he hates Kanye West!!

    June 19, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  32. me

    Kanye west is a talentless arrogant POS his music sucks .. he should team up with M knigtt shamalon and they can suck together.. cant wait until he dumps the pig kardashian so they can exploit their grief

    June 19, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Andre

    Yeezus...where do I start?

    Kanye West isn't an artist, he's a sanitation worker because this album is straight garbage. Dude must've been hanging out heavy with Oliver Stone when he cut those tracks, absolutely the most incoherent mashing of noise ever produced by anyone. Kanye OD'd on his own supply – his ego.

    June 19, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  34. tracie

    YEEZUS! I'VE GOT A TURD PATCH IN MY PANTIES!

    June 19, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  35. the letters are crashing soon babe.

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    June 19, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Critical Review of 'Yeezus' in one sentence

    "If you fed a grizzly bear raw hamburger meat spiked with broken glass, then took an audio recording of that bear taking a painful sh!t afterward, ran it through Auto Tune and mixed in samples of explosions, car crashes and a piano dropped from the Empire State Building, you would roughly have an idea of what Kanye West's new album, 'Yeezus' sounds like.

    June 19, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  37. bex...the posts were made because she told everybody...SHE STARTED IT.

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    June 19, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  38. and third...nada tonight either for that cutie pie...sigh

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    June 19, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Opinionated Blogger

    First, I will have to admit that I haven't listened to this CD, nor do I plan to listen to it. Second, I just want to say that this CD sucks big time.

    June 19, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |

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