Average User Score: 7.6Jul 18, 2013This album is incredible. Kanye will never top it. He's one of the biggest artists in the world and has made an album that could have beenThis album is incredible. Kanye will never top it. He's one of the biggest artists in the world and has made an album that could have been made on some indie Chicago label. In saying that, the production quality on the album is phenomenal. Kanye has managed to make a record that is unmistakably his own despite being outnumbered hugely by collaborators. I honestly cannot think of another album I've devoted more time to, and that's its defining quality.
It has to be noted that this is the record that most effectively parodies the #madrichalert culture that has produced so much appalling radio friendly hip-hop. He may or may not be slightly serious in thinking that he's a god, but he's got the greatest claim to be and he seems to be the only rapper around that doesn't care despite that. This has to be the perfect record to define everything that's good about music right now because of that.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Jun 16, 2013Normally the term "a real grower" is provided for an excuse for unnecessarily complex, disappointing material. However, it is the mostNormally the term "a real grower" is provided for an excuse for unnecessarily complex, disappointing material. However, it is the most appropriate description for an album that is a real masterstroke of finding the middle ground. Blake takes all of the pop sensibilities that made 'Limit To Your Love' so catchy and 'A Case Of You' so mesmerising and combines them with his wildly adventurous production to create a record that is both beautiful and aggressive. 'Retrograde' is a perfect example of Blake's timid singing voice being combined with the sort of maximalist Post-Dubstep brilliance that gained him such notoriety amongst underground bass music's most influential labels' rosters. He's made an album that both factions of his deservedly extensive fan base will learn to love the Radio 1 crowd, and the bass connoisseurs and this is a master stroke worth praising. It is a privilege to watch him continue to forge a surely celebrated career.… Expand