Hey Everyone: Kanye West has new album!
What else can be said about Kanye West’s new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which is out this week? Well, despite his releasing songs from the album on the Web in recent months, the tracks will be changed at least somewhat on the official release, according to this article in the New York Times.
The early reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. The songs are good, but a perfect score? He samples Black Sabbath, Aphex Twins, Bon Iver and freakin’ King Crimson (21st Century Schizoid Man). Check out this post by Fake Shore Drive on the album’s samples. The list of contributors is insane. There’s Jay Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver, Nicki Minaj on one song, Monster.
From the NY Times article:
“For an egotist Mr. West isn’t scared of collaboration, in part because, like anyone who runs a good salon, he understands one can be measured by the depth of one’s guest list. That explains the most amusing bit in this album’s liner notes, from the credits for All of the Lights: ‘Additional Vocals: Rihanna, Kid Cudi, Tony Williams, The-Dream, Charlie Wilson, John Legend, Elly Jackson (La Roux), Alicia Keys, Elton John, Fergie, Ryan Leslie, Drake, Alvin Fields & Ken Lewis.’ Maybe three or four of these people are audibly identifiable on the song. But Mr. West likes collecting, and what good is a collection if it’s not on display?”
Here’s the video of West performing Power on Saturday Night Live. (Thanks to The Audio Perv)
It looks like Amazon is going to sell the album for $3.99 at least initially. It’s truly music for the masses.
UPDATE: Indeed, Amazon is selling the (digital) album Monday for about $4.