20 second reviews II

29Nov10

A new series in which CK and Tk present album reviews that will take (depending upon your kindergarten teacher, guardian figures, genetic code, and personal history with words) about 20 seconds to read.

This time, CK attempts to write a shorter post while taking on Kanye West and Deadmau5.

Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

My favorite of the five alternate covers for MBDTF

So, this is supposed to be Kanye West’s magnum opus. The point where he comes out of his shell, crunches together everything he’s done until this point, takes some unexpected twists and turns, and dazzles us all with his intellectual wordplay and post-Katrina/post-Taylor Swift/post-Donda Kanye. This is supposed to be the album where everything falls into place and Kanye takes his rightful place amongst the biggest R&B/rap stars ever.

The problem is that while a lot of the album is great, several tracks simply fall flat. It’s not a 10.0 record by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, I’m not sure it’s even the best rap album released this year.

That being said, this is a solid effort. Kudos to Kanye for having the guts to be creative. Even if there are still some embarrassingly awful lines (“Have you ever had sex with a pharoah? / Aaaah, put the p**** in the sarcophagus” comes to mind), most of it is still a blast to listen to. Highlights include “Runaway”, “Lost in the World”, and the star-studded “All of the Lights”.

Deadmau5 – 4×4 = 12

This is a record you can dance to. There. Isn’t that what all DJs want to hear?

Unfortunately, it falls flat if you want to do anything else with it. It’s not a great record to just sit and listen to. It begs for a dark room filled with strobe lights and glow sticks, neon colors and disco balls. This sonic cousin of Daft Punk doesn’t make pop music for dancing to; he makes dance music that will never be popular because it’s so heavy on the trance influence.

There are solid tracks here; “Some Chords” comes to mind. I would love to see Deadmau5 live and get caught up in these tracks, but listening through the record start-to-finish can get pretty dull if you can’t start a dance party in your cubicle.


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