My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is 10 tomorrow. Downloaded a rip of the vinyl in absence of having a copy of the record myself. Mix is so much better. Been a while since I’ve listened to it in full after becoming a little bit bored of it.
It still sounds ludicrously ambitious in a way that hasn’t really been matched in the years since. Perhaps it’s difficult to actually make an LP that sounds more lavish and laboured over without ending up absurdly and comically grandiose (y’know, even this is borderline). It stands up if only because no one has been able to meet it on those terms. Relatively few rap albums even bothered (which isn’t a bad thing, it’s a massively expensive and in some ways elitist rap record, but the lack of true imitators does keep it relatively fresh). Something like ‘All of the Lights’ still sounds like an alternative vision of what the future of mainstream rap music could have been. I guess the album drags slightly around ‘Blame Game’ and that skit, but that’s the closest thing to a duff note on it.
Not my favourite Kanye album, or style, but I’m glad he managed to make it before going too far off the deep end to complete a work of its scope. Does confuse me that he went to such lengths to record an album then put out such a dodgy mix, but the vinyl more or less corrects that. A toast to the asshole who was still able to make music that soared