Movie Review: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – The State Journal-Register

Artist: Kanye West
Album: “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”
Band web site: http://www.kanyewest.com
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 4

Over the last year or so, Kanye West has been under a pretty harsh spotlight. 

After upstaging Taylor Swift by interrupting her acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009, he was severely criticized. For a while, Kanye West the musician was forgotten. 

Well, if you enjoyed the brief time that Kanye was effectively dead in the music scene, your worst zombie nightmare has arrived.

West’s new album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” hit stores and iTunes in late November, marking his fourth-straight No. 1 album on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. It’s not hard to see why.

From the first few tracks on the album, you can sense that West has upped his game.

Tracks such as “Monster” and “Gorgeous” are brilliant examples of West’s ability to collaborate with the best artists of the day. In almost every song, there are a few ingenious rhymes that will undoubtedly be the subjects of Tweets and Facebook statuses for quite some time. 

There is also a good amount of diversity in the tracks, with some having a more familiar West sound while others branch out. These shake things up a little and keep the album from becoming boring.

The best tracks are “Gorgeous,” “Monster,” and “All of the Lights.”

The production on this album is noticeable and stylish. But in a pleasantly surprising turn of events, most of the tracks are not over-edited as is the norm these days. Some of these songs seem to have that inexplicable capacity for getting stuck in your head, and all of them are worth listening to at least a few times.

This is West’s best album to date.

 Priten Vora is a senior at Springfield High School.

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