DK wrote:Streetlights is a beautiful, beautiful song.
I feel the same about Coldest Winter.
Gearing up for the album, after hearing Love Lockdown, I was about 75% sure I'd despise the album. I'm not a fan of a auto-tune when used in large doses but this album has officially grown on me. Heartless, Coldest Winter, Say You Will, Amazing, Welcome To Heartbreak, and See You In My Nightmares all stand out to me. There really isn't a track that I can say I'll skip or completely take off the playlist (a la Drunk and Hot Girls
). Not a classic by any means but something that I can listen to and enjoy.
To me this album is probably going to stick in Kanye's career in the same vein that Here, My Dear does in Marvin Gaye's. It's an intensely personal, painful album that takes his entire previous image in the window of popular music and reverses it. That's more the crazy part to me: Kanye basically dominates the pop music market in America, and he's taking this ruling by his previous formulas and just throwing it away, label execs and listeners be damned, to do only what he wants to do.
This album is as much about the artist's image as the actual music itself.
And let me add on that I am NOT a Kanye West fan. I loved College Dropout, and thought Late Registration was good, but I could not stand Graduation. I personally thought Kanye was done as an artist and was just a tool trying to rule the tabloids for a buck.
But what he's doing now with his career is, to me, unprecedented... especially in this day and age.
In thirty or forty years, we will likely look back at Kanye as the face of the new millenium of popular music, the same way we look at the Marvin's and the James Brown's of forty years past.
I'm not saying that he's as talented as either of those artists were (he's not close, imo) but he is certainly the dominant image.