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Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

West is at his best on his fifth album.

(Def Jam/Roc-a-fella)

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On his fifth album, Kanye West revisits the best moments of his musical past and creates a record to match his inflated ego, said Simon Vozick-Levinson in Entertainment Weekly. The “luxurious soul of 2004’s The College Dropout, the symphonic pomp of Late Registration, the gloss of 2007’s Graduation,” and the stark synths of 2008’s 808s & Heartbreak can all be heard here. But My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is its own beast—a “fever dream” with flashes of brilliance around every corner. It’s not just his best album, it’s a “rock-star manifesto,” said Rob Sheffield in Rolling Stone. At a moment when the rest of the world is downsizing, West insists on going big. On many tracks, he’s “pimping on top of Mount Olympus.” Yet in confessional songs like “Blame Game,” and in the nine-minute epic “Runaway,” he also owns up to his contradictions. Taking a “deeper look inside the dark corners of his twisted psyche,” West delivers “his most maniacally inspired music yet.”

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