Kids See Ghosts - KIDS SEE GHOSTS
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2018 Ratings: #29 / 597
User Score
2018 Ratings: #1
June 8, 2018 / Release Date
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G.O.O.D., Def Jam / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Needle Drop

KIDS SEE GHOSTS finds both Kanye West and Kid Cudi in top form as they host a psychedelic odyssey through the darkest and brightest corners of their psyches.

100
Highsnobiety

An album instilled with defiant hope, a light in the darkness; like the moon in the night sky.

91
Entertainment Weekly
The seven-song affair leaves you greedy for more when it’s over in a mere 23 minutes. But hopefully Kanye and Cudi have rid themselves of enough ghosts to bust out more of this kind of artistry. As West raps on “Fire,” “I done proved to myself, back on that rulin’ myself.”
90
Drowned in Sound

Unexpectedly, Kids See Ghosts finds West at his most poetic in years.

90
The Line of Best Fit
With a great collaborator at his side and an audibly more measured compositional approach, the third in Kanye West’s seven-track album trilogy is the finest yet.
90
Exclaim!
Sitting at a painfully short seven songs, the project is every bit as good as it should be; this is genuinely the reintroduction to both artists the world deserves.
90
AllMusic

Kids See Ghosts is everything Ye wasn't, delivering a worthwhile listen in spite of the extended PR disaster that preceded its release. With Cudi as the yang to West's yin, the pair inch closer to finding peace and a light in the darkness.

90
PopMatters

I think it is safe at this point to say that Kids See Ghosts will be remembered as the climax and most enduring record of Ye Season, one that keeps giving with each and every replay.

88
HipHopDX
The chemistry between Cudi and Ye feels battle tested. With Cudi playing the role once occupied by his own ego, Kanye’s music sounds freer than ever before. Together, these two studio wzrds have managed to produce something that is equal parts raw, honest, touching, spooky and ethereal.
83
GIGsoup
Working under the name of KIDS SEE GHOSTS, the pair harmonise perfectly, with West performing the extravagant extrovert once again, and Kid Cudi providing a more introspective voice as a counter.
80
The Guardian

Kids See Ghosts will go down as a minor release in West’s canon, and this oddball odyssey to Wyoming won’t be remembered as one of his best eras. Yet the album does something he needed. It reasserts him as a fun, thrilling rap music-maker that tests the genre’s boundaries.

80
NME
This is the sound of Kanye and Cudi catching up with themselves.
80
XXL
Cudi carries the album, while Kanye, in the right moments, shows that he’s better off filling the architect role almost exclusively at this stage of his career.
80
The 405

This interplay between them makes KSG the most exuberant and creative-sounding project these two have put out in years.

76
Pitchfork

On Kids See Ghosts, the mess at least feels more purposeful, and the songs are the most intriguing ones to emerge from this Wyoming project thus far.

75
A.V. Club

Cudi is, without qualification, the spiritual and artistic backbone of Kids See Ghosts, the source of its truest artistic risks and the instrument of its greatest triumphs.

75
Consequence of Sound
The controlled chaos of the record is proof that somewhere beneath all of the public outbursts and musical misfires, Kanye West – not the old Kanye – but the actual man and his heart are still somewhere in the mix planning to raise the bar and occasionally executing to near flawless result.
75
Spectrum Culture
The album confirms West’s talent as a producer, but it doesn’t tell us anything new about him. However, it tells us a great deal about Kid Cudi, marking a kind of renaissance for an artist whose credit is still due.
70
musicOMH

Kids See Ghosts overall is a good album, and leaves the listener with a much better impression than last week’s Ye and 2016’s Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’, though it can be a frustrating listen.

70
FLOOD Magazine

The full story of Kanye’s Wyoming era isn’t yet told ... But his statements so far suggest that Kanye wants its legacy defined by playful experimentation and unpretentious intuition. Kids See Ghosts, both freewheeling and focused, suggests that he may indeed be on to something.

60
Rolling Stone

If Ye and Kids See Ghost are partially responses to bleeding-edge, teenager-approved modern rap music, it's pretty brave and fairly smart ... But the result feels more like when the Rolling Stones, Elton John or Robert Plant would make New Wave records in the early Eighties – it's cool, catchy, contemporary, but not exactly why we're here.

Jun 9, 2018*
BradTasteMusic
89
This is the best Kid Cudi has sounded... period

While it is pretty much the musical equivelant of a water color painting (yes the cover reflects this very well) It lacks any cohesion. HOWEVER much like ye which I literally despised until just today, I can see this growing into my AOTY

the production is THAT GOOD

Edit: 4 consecutive listens later this thing completely grabbed me

Edit 2: HOLY CRAP A 10
Jun 8, 2018
MySoftBulletin
96
Kids See Ghosts is a fitting name for both the duo and the album title. Kanye and Cudi are no strangers to their own inner demons, they are now at a stage of life where they are admitting to their flaws and are working on being free. Cudi has recently been battling depression and has spent time in therapy, seeking to be ‘reborn’ and work on inner peace.

The album sounds almost boisterous and cocky due to their abundant amount of confidence between the duo. The themes of the album ... read more
May 21, 2018*
dearsongs
82
update 6/11

Legit shocked that Kanye is coming out with all these albums on time. Even if you hate on the self imposed deadlines, I can't believe he is sticking with it.

Well GD I wasn't expecting this. Pusha taking a victory lap after Daytona. Kanye's production on point, three Fridays in a row. I was curious how much/if we would actually hear Kanye rapping on this thing, but all of Kanye's versus seem sharp as a knife thankfully.

Gotta mention Kanye's production again. I mean, we have 21 ... read more
Jun 9, 2018
chunderz
71
It's good, but not nearly as good as what its current user score suggests.
Jun 8, 2018*
Space Vacation
89
These kids these days and their 24 minute albums.

Update: I wasn't expecting this to be so much better than Kanye's own album but he has managed to out shine himself.
Everyone comes through here on every detail from features to production-- Mos Def's presence alone makes me happy.
Was pretty skeptical from the overwhelming positivity this has received but it deserves it. I enjoyed myself.

Might end up changing my score but for now this is like, maybe Top 3 for sure Top 5 AOTY for me right now.
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Track List

  1. Feel the Love
  2. Fire
  3. 4th Dimension (feat. Louis Prima)
  4. Freeee (Ghost Town, Pt. 2)
  5. Reborn
  6. Kids See Ghosts
  7. Cudi Montage


Added on: April 20, 2018