- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
CRITIC SCORE
92
Based on 33 reviews
2010 Rank: #2 / 818
USER SCORE
90
Based on
630 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Pitchfork

As a result, the record comes off like a culmination and an instant greatest hits, the ultimate realization of his strongest talents and divisive public persona.

100
PopMatters

But it is the heart, soul, and humanity of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy that ultimately marks it as the defining pop moment of 2010.

100
Consequence of Sound

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is hands-down the most ambitious mainstream rap album ever made.

100
Beats Per Minute

A frequently astonishing, no-holds-barred tour de force that not only eclipses his previous four albums in scope and creativity (no small feat), but also makes everything else on the radio sound positively amateurish by comparison.

100
Rolling Stone

It’s his best album, but it’s more than that — it’s also a rock-star manifesto for a downsizing world.

100
AllHipHop

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is a true testament to Kanye’s magnificent ability to craft and create music.

100
The Line of Best Fit

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fanstasy is Kanye’s long-awaited opus, a work of art that sees him finally reach the potential that was clear for all to see in College Dropout

100
Slant Magazine

No rap album I've heard can boast better production than this one. The music is exhilarating, often abrasive, never predictable, at times stunningly gorgeous. These are the finest tracks that any group of rappers has yet to rhyme over.

100
Entertainment Weekly
West may be obnoxious, but at least he's interested in confronting those aspects of his identity through his music. Few stars of comparable wattage would dare do the same.
100
NOW Magazine

An ornately orchestrated pop epic built on a classic hip-hop foundation, Twisted Fantasy is his best since his debut.

95
Pretty Much Amazing

This album is a benchmark, a high water point for mainstream conceptual rap. It’s Kanye’s most complex and complete release and one of the most consistently impressive hip hop albums in recent years.

95
Billboard
Needless to say, West has proved once again that he is most on point in the face of adversity.
94
Paste

In its many contradictions, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy—perhaps this century’s definitive portrait of torment, vanity, self-delusion, and pathos—has given way to stirring new possibilities.

91
A.V. Club

Kanye’s best album since The College Dropout, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy finds its creator in complete control of the chaos swirling inside his vivid imagination.

90
Drowned in Sound

For rap fans it's both a testament to the versatility of the genre and Kanye's own brilliance that he can make something so refreshingly different which still fits comfortably in the rap canon.

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

Fantasy is hardly as difficult or artsy as it wants to think it is, but its emotional complexity more than compensates for bulging song lengths and near-constant pomposity.

90
NME

It’s the best thing he’s done since his game-changing debut, and heartening evidence to suggest the self-professed Louis Vuitton don is in a good place right now.

90
Spin

It's a sinister, orchestral, hugely grandiose affair that owes as much to the artist's self-aggrandizing ego as to the voracious id that would destroy it publicly. 

90
Coke Machine Glow

It’s a sprawling monument to wholeness towering over an artistically and emotionally fragmented landscape. It’s Kanye, like we said, doing him: a circuit at last complete.

90
Sputnikmusic

Fantasy is Kanye West's best album yet, and if that wasn't enough, it's also a shining example of what mainstream hip-hop can and should be: dynamic, focused, revealing, personable, and most important - the passion!

90
American Songwriter

Fantasy will stand as an album that dared to push the entire medium of recorded music forward, for better or worse.

90
HipHopDX

From nine-minute douchebag manifestos, to enlisting an A-list Grammy ensemble to piece-mealing his album out to the masses every Friday, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy defies logic and it ignores convention. 

90
FACT Magazine

It’s one of the grandest hip-hop records of all time ... full of vocoder, guitar, narration and overheard betrayals, and it’s frequently torn between whether it wants to be a rugged, raw rap record or a grandiose pop opera. 

90
DIY

There is no weak link; there is not a single misstep (and this is a 68-minute-long album). This may very well be his masterpiece.

90
Clash

This is not just West's best album, it's a keen contender for the most ambitious LP in hip-hop history.

80
musicOMH

After a goofy intro on Dark Fantasy, ‘Ye takes it all back to his fantasies in Chicago, when he was producing beats and managing artists with a dream of making it big.

80
AllMusic

Whether loved or loathed, fully enjoyed or merely admired, this album should be regarded as a deeply fascinating accomplishment.

80
No Ripcord

Kanye West’s Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is a sprawling, ambitious, orchestral fuck-you of an album, and he wants you to know it.

80
The 405

This album, then, shows West pushing out from basic formulae, experimenting and not just trying new things but carrying ideas right through until they are fully formed and flourishing.

80
The Skinny

Here he balances pastiche and drama with such glorious levity that to stick a fork in any part of his rich palette would be a cruelty of Dickensian proportions.

80
The Guardian

My Dark Twisted Fantasy – a flawed near-masterpiece – doesn't impress just by dint of numbers.

70
PopMatters
Whether or not this is the best Kanye West album, this may be the one he's remembered most for, the one that may finally trump the version of him we cringe at on the red carpet.
40
The Guardian
This album offers beats that retread past glories, and an emotional palette narrowed to a range roughly as wide as West's navel.
thisisabtlgrnd
96
My favorite Kanye West album and one of my favorite rap albums ever (the only modern record that beats it is Kendrick's TBAP). Kanye simply gets everything right here. His production mixes the styles of each of his previous four albums and adds a newly maximalist, baroque sheen. This album is packed with features and it shows, with each song combining dozens (if not hundreds) of different elements to create ceaselessly complex beats ("All of the Lights") and harmonies ("Lost in ... read more
shanzdaman
95
Dark Fantasy: 8.7
Gorgeous: 8.9
Power: 10
All of the Lights (interlude): 10
All of the Lights: 10
Monster: 8.6
So Appalled: 9
Devil in a New Dress: 9.2
Runaway: 10
Hell of a Life: 10
Blame Game: 10
Lost in the World: 10

MBDTF captures my mind, heart, and soul in almost every microscopic way possible. Every increment of this album is undeniably genius. Kanye's production has never been as intelligently soul-hitting; this truly is his peak production wise in terms of hitting every mood as a ... read more
dyelir
100
Easily the most sophisticated mainstream album of all time. Many forget this album could have ended Kanye West's career after various public scandals and what many touted a disappointing album in 808s & Heartbreak. Instead, West shows us an album of great triumph and sonic refinement unparalleled to any other musician in our generation. It is often said that music always sounds better in your head, but in the case of MBDTF even the most eccentric, unreachable sonic details are achieved.
100
What is there to say that hasn't already been said? This is the 21st century's response to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club.
95
Apart from a few lackluster verses from Ye (see Monster and verse 2 of Dark Fantasy), some poor features (see Jay Z in Monster and Fergie in All of the Lights), and the useless, directionless closer to the album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is just about as close to perfect as any mainstream artist as huge as Kanye West is going to get.
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 1 - A.V. Club
# 6 - Amazon
# 1 - Billboard
# 2 - Consequence of Sound
# 5 - DIY
# 16 - Drowned in Sound
# 12 - musicOMH
# 34 - NME
# 3 - No Ripcord
# 1 - One Thirty BPM
# 4 - Paste
# 1 - Pitchfork
# 4 - PopMatters
# 1 - Prefix
# 2 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 9 - Rhapsody SoundBoard
# 1 - Rolling Stone
# 1 - Slant
# 1 - Spin
# 3 - Spinner
# 1 - Stereogum
# 1 - Time
# 10 - Tiny Mix Tapes
Track List
  1. Dark Fantasy 
  2. Gorgeous (ft. Kid Cudi and Raekwon) 
  3. POWER
  4. All of the Lights 
  5. Monster (ft. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver) 
  6. So Appalled (ft. Jay-Z, Pusha T, CyHi the Prynce, Swizz Beatz, and RZA) 
  7. Devil in a New Dress
  8. Runaway (ft. Pusha T)
  9. Hell of a Life 
  10. Blame Game (ft. John Legend and Pusha T) 
  11. Lost in the World
  12. See Me Now
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