Rock veteran Lou Reed gave the latest Kanye West release "Yeezus" several listens and summed up his opinions in an exclusive Talkhouse review.
In a nutshell, Reed sang praises of the rapper's new effort, calling it "majestic and inspiring.""Kanye West is a child of social networking and hip-hop," he kicked off. "And he knows about all kinds of music and popular culture. The guy has a real wide palette to play with. That's all over 'Yeezus.' There are moments of supreme beauty and greatness on this record, and then some of it is the same old sh-t. But the guy really, really, really is talented. He's really trying to raise the bar. No one's near doing what he's doing, it's not even on the same planet."
Reed continued, saying, "People say this album is minimal. And yeah, it's minimal. But the parts are maximal. Take 'Blood on the Leaves.' There's a lot going on there: horns, piano, bass, drums, electronic effects, all rhythmically matched - towards the end of the track, there's now twice as much sonic material. But Kanye stays unmoved while this mountain of sound grows around him. Such an enormous amount of work went into making this album. Each track is like making a movie."
The singer also noted that Kanye is "just begging people to attack him" on several points on the record, calling some of his actions "a dare" or "braggadoccio." However, he ultimately confessed that some of the moments make his "hair stand on end.""It's all the same sh-t, it's all music - that's what makes him great," Reed concluded. "If you like sound, listen to what he's giving you. Majestic and inspiring."
"Yeezus" dropped on June 18 via Def Jam as the rapper's sixth studio effort. With 327,000 copies sold in the US within the first week, it easily topped the Billboard 200 chart.