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Kanye West


The biggest name in rap with album No.6, executive produced by Rick Rubin and featuring among its guests Bon Iver, Daft Punk, RZA and Chief Keef

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  1. 10.0 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    No, West isn’t the Second Coming of Steve Jobs or Walt Disney. But he may be the most exciting and unpredictable music maker working in America today
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  2. 10.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Yeezus feels very proto- something, the roots of some aesthetic that has yet to be minted. It’s revolutionary at its most urgent
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  3. 10.0 |   Fact

    Faced with making a career defining album, he opted for a palette of uncommercial sounds and ideas that takes his artistry to a level unparalleled in hip-hop (and pop music, for that matter)
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  4. 10.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    As the most exciting album I’ve heard in a long time, I recommend that strong-stomached music fans buy it
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  5. 9.5 |   The 405

    Of course it's contradictory, conceited and every other negative adjective you can think of. But if you missed it the first time around: Kanye may not always give us what we want, but he always gives us what we need
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  6. 9.5 |   Pitchfork

    Cohesion and bold intent are at a premium on Yeezus, perhaps more than any other Kanye album
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  7. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    Yeezus will be remembered as a lot of things — as the Kanye West album with all the screaming; as the apex of rap’s unlikely fascination with Marilyn Manson; as the biggest record of 2013 with no singles — but perhaps most significantly, it’s West’s first willfully imperfect album, the one where he let the stitches show
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  8. 9.0 |   FasterLouder

    It’s dark as anything but able to turn uplifting at any moment, synths and drum machines giving way to choral samples as if it’s the most natural thing in the world
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  9. 9.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Yeezus is the darkest, most extreme music Kanye has ever cooked up, an extravagantly abrasive album full of grinding electro, pummeling minimalist hip-hop, drone-y wooz and industrial gear-grind
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  10. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    The zenith of West’s entire career
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  11. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    West proves that he’s once again the ultimate postmodern artist
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  12. 9.0 |   NME

    One of the best records of the year
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  13. 9.0 |   All Music

    An extravagant stunt with the high-art packed in, offering an eccentric, audacious, and gripping experience that's vital and truly unlike anything else
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  14. 8.8 |   Billboard

    There are a few lighthearted moments, and cuts about love along with lust. But mostly, West is just plain mad -- angry at naysayers, “The Man” censoring his art, and even at his own celeb status
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  15. 8.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    If there’s anything Mr. West finds completely alien to his person, it’s restraint, and Yeezus is the perfect, chaotic, and ultimately uncompromising dive into this world
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  16. 8.1 |   AltSounds

    An album you will revisit 10 years from now and will probably enjoy it even more because, right now, it's so fresh you're not fully sure what to do with it
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  17. 8.0 |

    An absolute tour-de-force of a record from one of music's few true superstars
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  18. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    It's his least commercial – with its harsh beats, mangled vocals, and Marilyn Manson samples, it mimics the aesthetics of a DIY mixtape
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  19. 8.0 |   The Independent

    A powerhouse of brutal noise and abrasiveness that often makes you recoil on first listen
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  20. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    An album sharply detailed and dressed up to attract attention
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  21. 8.0 |   Q

    When Kanye shreds hip-hop's rule book with such total brutal gusto, he's almost as good as he thinks he is. Print edition only

  22. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Nasty, brutish, short, and wholly compelling, Yeezus begs only one question: where next?Print edition only

  23. 8.0 |   Spin

    Yeezus ranks as more than a glorified placeholder in West's catalogue
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  24. 8.0 |   DIY

    Often it yields some of Yeezy's finest moments, other times his most uncomfortable
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  25. 8.0 |   The Fly

    The most honest – and yes, at times dislikable – record of his career
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  26. 8.0 |   Time Out

    A monster of an album, finding Kanye at his most freewheeling, creatively. It’s enormously confrontational in places, but its overall tone is as ecstatic as it is menacing
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  27. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    One of the most brilliant and vulgar albums of recent times, as its ten tracks perfectly sum up the baffling dualities of the man
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  28. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    It all feels intended, which gives further lie to the notion that its maker is either dumb or nuts. Perhaps he just understands better than most of his peers that musical stars are meant to be extraordinary, provocative, divisive, controversial figures
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  29. 8.0 |   State

    Yeezus is quite the ways away from your usual Kanye joint. It’s also, in large swathes, the most arresting work of his storied career
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  30. 7.4 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Yeezus is a challenging album. Usually when people say that, they imply that there will be a reward for closer listening, but I’m not sure that there is with this album
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  31. 7.2 |   Paste Magazine

    The least likable album Kanye’s ever made
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  32. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A three song lull holds it back from being as powerful as it might have been
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  33. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Although West has made some bold moves with this album, a few weak tracks and the occasional lack of focus on the lyrical front prevent this from achieving the untouchable status that My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy did
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  34. 7.0 |   Uncut

    There's much knowingness in his brazenness. Print edition only

  35. 7.0 |   Clash

    No, ‘Yeezus’ isn’t a great record, but it doesn’t have to be. As with any Kanye recording, he dares to be different and sets a pace for others to follow
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  36. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    A record rife with contradictions, and contradictions have always been the most compelling thing about Mr. West
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  37. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Don't let the beats fool you with their infectious denseness: Behind the curtain, a very rich and talented man is grasping hard for something new to say
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  38. 4.0 |   The Skinny

    As a whole, the album is stagnant; at times deeply unpleasant. What could have been a showcase of underground musical ideas, and a chance to elevate his lyrical concerns against a darker-hued backdrop, has been utterly wasted
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