'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"?


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  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. 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 |
  5. SALON VISITS...CONFIRM.

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

    June 26, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 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 |
  8. 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 |
  9. 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 |
  10. 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 |
  11. 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 |
  12. 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 |
  13. 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 |
  14. weswimgood

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

    June 19, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 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 |
  16. Kanye: so full of himself...so full of sh!t...

    June 19, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  17. me

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

    June 19, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  18. 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 |
  19. 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 |
  20. 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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