"Most critics loved Kanye West‘s “Yeezus,” but fans were pretty polarized by it...Really the album is frustrating, because not only is it easy to hate, it’s also worth digging into even if you’re disgusted by it." - Matt Miller, Reverb
"Pop & Hiss asked [David] Lynch to name musicians he admires. He said, “You might be surprised, but I love ‘Blood on the Leaves’ by Kanye West. I just love it.” - Randy Lewis, LA Times
"Kanye West remains a good collaborator: The album's numerous producers include the French duo Daft Punk, while Rick Rubin, who's worked with everyone from Black Sabbath to Johnny Cash, says he was brought in by West near the completion of the record to help strip down the sound. One result is that this album's diverse, cacophonous music fills even his most hostile lyrics with dread. I think you have to hear it in many moments as the cry of a man who wants the world to know how vulnerable and self-conscious and shrewd he is every time he presents a resentful, tough-guy, I'm-a-genius image to the world...[it is] more complex than it appears." - Ken Tucker, NPR
Music writers are entitled to their opinions...so long as it is backed with a comprehensive knowledge of the music they're reviewing and music as a whole. I would have liked to have seen Dan Brooks take a little more time to listen to this prolific album and the cultural atmosphere of the time in which it has been released.
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