Kanye West's much discussed fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was released today. So we have that to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving week.
One of the biggest stories to emerge is that notoriously snooty and score-stingy music site Pitchfork awarded the album a perfect 10.0.
Does this signify the emergence of Kanye as the current king of pop having felled the biases of even the most ardent hipsters? Or does it spell the inevitable end of Pitchfork as the leading taste-maker for music fans juuust off the mainstream?
Or does it mean that in today's economic climate anyone will write anything just to get pageviews to try to boost advertising dollars?
I'm guessing option three.
Therefore, in the vein of trolling for clicks, check out my review of the new Kanye West album, where I give it my lowest rating ever… a negative 2 out of 10!
I didn't feel like actually paying for the new Kanye album, so I just listened to the preview clips on iTunes. No worries: 30 seconds per song was plenty for me to recall that Kanye's raps range the gambit from self-serving to innocuous. The beats seemed claustrophobic, leaving me wanting less, not more: 15 seconds would have been plenty. By the time I got to the preview clip of "Hell of a Life" where Kanye (I think?) spits autotuned nonsense to the melody of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man," I realized it was time to thank God for giving me the power to save $9.99. This album deserves below a zero.
-2 stars out of 10