Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
CRITIC SCORE
93
Based on 27 reviews
2010 Rank: #1 / 646
USER SCORE
89
Based on
369 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Pitchfork
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
Consequence of Sound
Consequence of Sound

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

100
Beats Per Minute
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
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
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
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
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.

95
Pretty Much Amazing
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.

94
Paste
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

85
PopMatters
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.

80
musicOMH
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
AllMusic

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

80
No Ripcord
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
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
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.

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User Reviews
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
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.
10
I'm sorry, but how can people think this album's good...?
RichGod
100
Kanye West went on a brief hiatus after the whole Taylor Swift VMA incident. Right after that hiatus, he dropped the best album of all time and my favorite album of all time. It's almost as if you could call this his greatest hits album, due to every song being just straight amazing. Not really having a focused genre, this is more of a "hey this is me and this is what i can do" sort of project, and boy what Kanye can do. Every single song is just a well composed masterpiece with ... read more
100
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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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