Merriweather plays like the summation of a long, strange trip, combining the group’s career touchstones: harmonic Beach Boys pop, African tribal chants, minimalism, minimal techno, psychedelia, and dub.
Though West showcases a more versatile, eccentric flow than on Dropout, it pales in comparison to his sonic ambition.
Well, it's not not her New York record. But more crucially, it's her return to the down'n'dirty.
Funeral provided context and impetus for the congregational experience; Neon Bible actually matches the live show's scope and emotion.