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My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Fifth album of hip hop from one of the biggest egos in contemporary rap

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  1. 10.0 |   Beats Per Minute

    Nobody else possesses the combination of hubris, imagination, neuroticism, and drive it takes to make a record like this
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  2. 10.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    There is no question that this album is a game changer. It’s Kanye West’s greatest work and not only does it prove that his name deserves to be in any greatest-of-all-time discussions, but it changes the way we have these conversations
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  3. 10.0 |   Rolling Stone

    His most maniacally inspired music yet, coasting on heroic levels of dementia, pimping on top of Mount Olympus
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  4. 10.0 |   The Independent

    One of pop's gaudiest, most grandiose efforts of recent years, a no-holds-barred musical extravaganza
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  5. 10.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Sets the bar so high that the album becomes something that will be talked about for years to come. Never before have we heard something like this; it's an album that demands to be listened to and one that rightly sees West enter the all-time hall of fame with no argument
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  6. 10.0 |   Pitchfork

    Kanye's man-myth dichotomy is at once modern and truly classic
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  7. 10.0 |   PopMatters

    It is the heart, soul, and humanity of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy that ultimately marks it as the defining pop moment of 2010
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  8. 10.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Kanye’s long-awaited opus, a work of art that sees him finally reach the potential that was clear for all to see in College Dropout
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  9. 10.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The effort to canonize My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy as one of hip-hop's all-time high points is already underway, and I'm confident that Kanye's new album can weather the backlash that all potential classics must confront
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  10. 10.0 |   State

    There is simply not a single record out there this year to match this for scope, audacity, vision and quality
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  11. 10.0 |   Culture Deluxe

    It may be too early to proclaim, but this is comparable to a Purple Rain or a Thriller
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  12. 10.0 |   The Quietus

    Not only his defining work but a work which redefines the genre in which it stands, as well as the benchmark for the concept of the album in general... It is a work of quite unique brilliance
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  13. 10.0 |   The Irish Times

    A magnificent, headspinning, audacious work
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  14. 10.0 |   Mojo

    A genuinely great record. Print edition only

  15. 9.5 |   Prefix

    With My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West has lurched to the vanguard of modern mainstream music. Let’s toast the asshole
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  16. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy finds its creator in complete control of the chaos swirling inside his vivid imagination
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  17. 9.0 |   DIY

    There is no weak link; there is not a single misstep (and this is a 68-minute-long album). This may very well be his masterpiece
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  18. 9.0 |   AU Review

    Boundaries are jumped with impunity – rock, disco, funk, soul, electro, hip-hop – all genres are grist to Kanye’s musical mill
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  19. 9.0 |   BBC

    This record’s only flaw is that its scale is so awe-inspiring it tends to paper over any weaker cracks
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  20. 9.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    His recent troubles have taught him how better to be a victim, how to suffer more beautifully and fruitfully than ever
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  21. 9.0 |   Spin

    West isn't claiming to be flawless anymore. He's trying to make a masterpiece
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  22. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    What's indisputable is that he's one of rap's, and popular music in general's most consistently brilliant voices. He's had it rough ... but once again he's managed to take his adversity and turn it into perhaps the album of the year
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  23. 9.0 |   Clash

    This is not just West’s best album, it’s a keen contender for the most ambitious LP in hip-hop history
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  24. 9.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    This might be the first album in which he's truly lived up to his potential in every way - as a rapper, as a lyricist, as a songwriter, as a producer. Everything simply works, and as a result, Fantasy is a joy to listen to
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  25. 9.0 |   NME

    It's the best thing he's done since his game-changing debut. Print edition only

  26. 8.5 |   FasterLouder

    Kanye tries a little of everything here, doing it all in his own inimitable style. He’s exciting once again
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  27. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Clearly, Kanye West thinks he's a genius. It's probably time to admit that he may have a point
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  28. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    The only downside here is that tracks stick around longer than they really should. West has long since abandoned comedy skits on his albums, but he's filled the void with repeated choruses and lacklustre instrumental sections
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  29. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Taking things to the next level is one of hip-hop's great cliches, an achievement that West can comfortably claim
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  30. 8.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    This ambitious behemoth may be easier to admire than to listen to
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  31. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    He balances pastiche and drama with such glorious levity
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  32. 8.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Those who care more about the music than the talk surrounding it will be pleased to know that this is a damn fine piece of work
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  33. 8.0 |   The Scotsman

    This is an even bigger cartoon than Gorillaz could dream of being; best not taken too seriously
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  34. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Utterly satisfying, but at times almost comical in its overwrought, bombastic MORE COWBELL bravado
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  35. 8.0 |   All Music

    Whether loved or loathed, fully enjoyed or merely admired, this album should be regarded as a deeply fascinating accomplishment
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  36. 8.0 |   Eye Weekly

    What makes his Fantasy so fascinating is that he’s so eager to expose the insecurities and uncertainties that fuel his outsized bravado
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  37. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Preposterous? Sure. Dull? Never. Print edition only

  38. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Whether or not this is the best Kanye West album, this may be the one he’s remembered most for, the one that may finally trump the version of him we cringe at on the red carpet
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  39. 5.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    MBDTF is big on pompous, stentorian synth fanfares, but they only herald lame lines such as "Abomination/ Obama's nation"
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  40. 4.0 |   The Guardian

    This album offers beats that retread past glories, and an emotional palette narrowed to a range roughly as wide as West's navel
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