Just when you thought that everyone and their Hamptons spouse had weighed in on Kanye West's sixth solo album, Yeezus, along comes rock god Lou Reed to gush about the "majestic and inspiring," minimal/maximal, "manic depressive" work from the "really, really, really" talented West.
Writing over 1700 words for The Talkhouse, the new site from music journalism vet Michael Azerrad with a musicians-on-musicians bent, Reed takes his turn waxing ecstatic about an album that is practically gleaming from critical praise at this point. In sum: Kanye's all, "Yeezy season approaching / Fuck whatever y'all been hearing / Fuck what, fuck whatever y'all been wearing / A monster about to come alive again," and Reed's all, "Yeah, man."
Reed keeps things plainspoken, unpretentious for the most part and hilariously weird at times, especially when his descriptions form makeshift Reedian definitions. Reed writes:
But why he starts the album off with that typical synth buzzsaw sound is beyond me, but what a sound it is, all gussied up and processed. I can't figure out why he would do that. It's like farting. It's another dare — I dare you to like this. Very perverse.
Farting - A dare.
But it's just ridiculous that people are getting upset about "Put my fist in her like a civil rights sign"? C'mon, he's just having fun. That's no more serious than if he said he's going to drop a bomb on the Vatican. How can you take that seriously?
Fisting - Just having fun.
Very often, he'll have this very monotonous section going and then, suddenly —"BAP! BAP! BAP! BAP!" — he disrupts the whole thing and we're on to something new that's absolutely incredible. That's architecture, that's structure — this guy is seriously smart.
Architecture - When you have this very monotonous section going and then, suddenly —"BAP! BAP! BAP! BAP!"
Actually, the whole album is like a movie, or a novel — each track segues into the next. This is not individual tracks sitting on their own island, all alone.
Movies - When each track segues into the next (also see: novels).
Lou Reed has fisted Yeezus. He's just having fun.
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