Review: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Release: November 22, 2010
By Rhys Tarling
Kanye West’s fifth studio album is a joyous ode to his creative genius. It’s also an expensive exorcism of the demonic energy that courses inside of him. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (MBDTF) is built on a foundation of excess, grandiosity, and unvarnished truth; it’s that foundation that makes Kanye one of the most fascinating and polarising artists of the 21st century.
This album ditches the simple grace that defined College Dropout, and yet it’s not a dose of sonic and lyrical coarseness that, depending on your perspective, ruined or elevated Yeezus – MBDTF is simply his most versatile work, running the gamut from bluesy rock, to mellifluous hip hop, and a hilarious Chris Rock.
“All of the Lights” is the standout; an exuberant symphony composed of many moving parts, and not a single one of those parts moves wrong.
MBDTF is the zenith of Kanye West as a crowd-pleaser.