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Kanye West - Yeezus
Critic Score
Based on 39 reviews
2013 Ratings: #28 / 952
Year End Rank: #1
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2013 Ratings: #25
June 18, 2013 / Release Date
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Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Pretty Much Amazing

Kanye West doesn’t give the listener a second to realize the album is more a masterly response to a masterpiece than a masterpiece itself. With one sweep of the hand, West brushes away expectations. And then he sticks you squarely across the face. 

100
Consequence of Sound

It’s an album for the books, one that indicates West’s hunger for exploration while always sounding like it could become extraordinarily popular, even for him. This is the level that things could be at.

100
FACT Magazine

Faced with making a career defining album, he opted for a palette of uncommercial sounds and ideas that takes his artistry to a level unparalleled in hip-hop (and pop music, for that matter). 

100
The Telegraph

Styles and genres smash into each other. At first listen it sounds messy, but the more you play it, the more inspired and essential each brutal interruption becomes.

95
The 405

With every successive album, Kanye West somehow summarises his entire career while simultaneously staying years ahead of the game.

95
Pitchfork

On Yeezus, he trades out smooth soul and anthemic choruses for jarring electro, acid house, and industrial grind while delivering some of his most lewd and heart-crushing tales yet.

91
A.V. Club

Despite its surface severity, it’s a lean, immediate record, its brevity a sharp contrast to 2010’s wandering My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

91
Entertainment Weekly

As much as he pushes the envelope aesthetically, Yeezus isn’t quite the hardcore manifesto that early signs indicated.

90
HipHopDX

Yeezus is audacious, ornery and miles outside of what’s expected from Kanye West, and often what’s conventionally accepted in Hip Hop.

90
musicOMH

Whether West intends to expose his vulnerabilities and imperfections as an artist and as a person is irrelevant: West always goes for the top. Yeezus is no different – and it’s brilliantly flawed for doing so.

90
AllMusic

Yeezus is an extravagant stunt with the high-art packed in, offering an eccentric, audacious, and gripping experience that's vital and truly unlike anything else.

90
NME

‘Yeezus’ is so tight, so bold, that with a few tweaks Kanye could’ve made his rock for the ages. As it is, he’ll have to settle for one of the best records of the year.

90
Exclaim!

On Yeezus, West invites us to the decadent, bonkers bachelor party of his dreams; it's an all-id affair where his dick barely stays zipped up inside his black leather jeans. 

90
Rolling Stone

Yeezus is the darkest, most extreme music Kanye has ever cooked up, an extravagantly abrasive album full of grinding electro, pummeling minimalist hip-hop, drone-y wooz and industrial gear-grind.

90
FasterLouder

It’s dark as anything but able to turn uplifting at any moment, synths and drum machines giving way to choral samples as if it’s the most natural thing in the world.

90
Billboard

Those looking for vintage soul sounds or even full-on raps from start to finish will be thrown several curves here. It’s an album with numerous emotional layers as well.

90
Crack Magazine

A hypnotic and addictive record created by an over-excited, totally unhinged mastermind with almost unlimited resources at his disposal.

88
Beats Per Minute

If there’s anything Mr. West finds completely alien to his person, it’s restraint, and Yeezus is the perfect, chaotic, and ultimately uncompromising dive into this world. 

80
The Line of Best Fit

While it might not be his most enjoyable album, I think time will show it to be his most important.

80
DIY

It's Kanye doing what he does best, but it's also the sound of a rapper pushing himself for all his worth. Ranging from intimidating to wonderfully eye-opening, it's always forthright, and it barely falters.

80
Spin

Yeezus ranks as more than a glorified placeholder in West's catalogue, but one can't help feeling that parenthood will compel his muse to even more Olympian levels of bombast and grandiosity.

80
The Fly

By laying out his neuroses unvarnished for the world to see, what Kanye has created is the most honest – and yes, at times dislikable – record of his career.

80
XXL

With Yeezus clocking in at a short 40 minutes, Kanye achieves his goal of creating a stripped-down, minimalist project; there’s nothing extra or out of place here. More importantly, Kanye makes it abundantly clear that he’s still got a lot to say, and a lot of new ways to say it.

80
Time Out London

West’s albums have always taken a while to unfold their many, usually extraordinary layers, but even on first listen it’s a hell of a ride.

80
The Guardian

Noisy, gripping, maddening, potent, audibly the product of, as he put it "giving no fucks at all", Yeezus is the sound of a man just doing his job properly.

80
NOW Magazine

Electronic music has been pulsing its way through rap, and with his sixth solo effort, Kanye swoops in like an alien Phoenix and mops the floor with everyone in the process.

80
The Independent

It’s not quite godlike, but Yeezus certainly feels like it was created by a higher power.

74
Sputnikmusic

Yeezus is a challenging album. Usually when people say that, they imply that there will be a reward for closer listening, but I’m not sure that there is with this album.

72
Paste

Ultimately, Yeezus is the least likable album Kanye’s ever made.

70
PopMatters

Although West has made some bold moves with this album, a few weak tracks and the occasional lack of focus on the lyrical front prevent this from achieving the untouchable status that My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy did.

70
AllHipHop

Yeezus is a good effort, but falls short of the masterpiece we were looking for. 

70
Drowned in Sound

It’s certainly his boldest, most provocative record in a career as a bold and provocative musician. Its political backbone will gradually become appreciated and with time and it may even become canonised as Kanye’s most important record.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

Ultimately, we’re dealing with a record as messy as Yeezy himself, which is the point. 

70
No Ripcord

It’s a dense, difficult listen, nigh impossible to compare to the rest of Kanye West’s work, and its rewards come slowly.

70
Clash

No, ‘Yeezus’ isn’t a great record, but it doesn’t have to be. As with any Kanye recording, he dares to be different and sets a pace for others to follow.

70
PopMatters

Yeezus is a spectacularly bad album in as many ways as it is a great one. 

60
Slant Magazine

From a production perspective, it's a smash. The beats remain head-spinning. But 'Ye's lyrics feel lazy rather than merely drawled, and he's seeking social-commentary cred that he hasn't earned.

50
The Needle Drop

On Yeezus, Chicago rapper and producer Kanye West takes his typically ambitious production down some really dark, noisy passageways.

40
The Skinny

As a whole, the album is stagnant; at times deeply unpleasant. What could have been a showcase of underground musical ideas, and a chance to elevate his lyrical concerns against a darker-hued backdrop, has been utterly wasted.

Aoaystheory
100
I think at this point in time, two years later, we can all accept this is a masterpiece. Just go ahead and change your rating to 100.
wacochran
77
Despite some eye-rolling lines that range from stupid to gross, Yeezus' beats, features, and sampling make it one of Kanye's least conventional and consistently surprising realeases.
exception
91
its been a few months since i first reviewed this album, and have given it numerous listens since then. this grew on me so much. i find the production to be the true genius on this album, easily better and more experimental than any of west's older projects. his lyrics were fine, but the topics of the songs were so intriguing and odd that they added so much character to this album. although the features are scarce, frank ocean has a nice little part, justin vernon, chief keef, as well as ... read more
chairycherry
50
(OLD SCORE: 71)
[edit: Honestly, I lost all respect for this... I feel the emotion Kanye put in this, and I still enjoy listening to some of it, but it all feels so disingenuous. I wouldn't really call this boundary-pushing for music, unorthodox for Kanye and mainstream music sure, but it feels like a product. This isn't experimental, Kanye lost the point of what makes music experimental, this is a faux-experiment. Experimental music needs to do something new and unique, an expression of the ... read more
BradTasteMusic
70
I like a lot of cuts but it has so many negative moments for me

(Edit:) Old score is a 67...

It grew a LOT! I mean I know it Is a total Money Store, NLDW cop so I won't call it super experimental but it honestly works on its own better then I remember. The industrial sound is fantastic on most of these songs. his ego is more of a paintbrush over an hurdle.
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Track List

  1. On Sight
  2. Black Skinhead
  3. I Am a God
  4. New Slaves
  5. Hold My Liquor (featuring Chief Keef and Justin Vernon)
  6. I'm in It
  7. Blood on the Leaves
  8. Guilt Trip (featuring Kid Cudi)
  9. Send It Up (featuring King L)
  10. Bound 2 
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Added on: May 18, 2013