Average User Score: 7.2Oct 15, 2014This is a great record but...
It takes some effort to get into. I agree with some of the criticism of the intros, interludes and outrosThis is a great record but...
It takes some effort to get into. I agree with some of the criticism of the intros, interludes and outros being to lengthy which is the main reason most people who dont like this record didnt get into it. The first two songs are essentially intros but contrary to the first record which also had two intros (Intro + Ripe&Ruin) the first two songs on this record are more than twice as long as on An Awesome Wave. By the time you get to the first actual song (Nara) you've lost the majority of casual listeners. I suggest to those people to skip those first two songs and listen to the record at least 3 times starting with the third song.
Nara, the third song, is in my opinion one of the great highlights of the record. Musically and lyrically something really great. Besides the singles everyone heard before the release (hunger of the Pine, Left Hand Free and Every other Freckle) this record offers some great alt-j songs. Choice Kingdom and Warm Foothills are two beautiful songs and the second part to Bloodflood is a great continuation of the first part from the first record.
Pusher is an amazing love ballad that on the surface level seems simple and has gotten some not so favorable reviews from the likes of pitchfork, etc. But if you actually read the lyrics and understand them its an amazing song with a beautiful message.
The obligatory hidden track at the end of the record is definitely a highlight as well. A cover of Bill Withers "Lovely Day". Alt-J did a fantastic job with this cover, putting their own spin on it but staying true to the original song.
All in all this one of my favorite records of the year and I've easily listened to it 30 times by now. I agree its not the most accessible record but the people who say they loved An Awesome Wave and feel let down by this record are just not giving this record a chance to grow on them. Seriously, its so rewarding once you actually let it grow on you...."Love is the warmest color"… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Jun 19, 2013To me this record has split personality disorder, possibly like Ye himself.
The first 6 songs seem pseudo-angry and pretentious. He talksTo me this record has split personality disorder, possibly like Ye himself.
The first 6 songs seem pseudo-angry and pretentious. He talks about how rich he is, "stacking millions", being able to buy someones life he is so wealthy, comparing picking his own shirt to "picking cotton" in the fields.
The anger and frustration seems so put on and acted especially coming from someone who is with a Kardashian and buys Ferraris as birthday presents.
The last 4 songs seem more real and are actually really good songs. But on those Ye complains about the downsides of being a celebrity and showing some true emotions.
I've been a Kanye fan since the beginning but his underdog complex just doesn't hold true anymore and he needs to keep about it. Especially lyrically this is one of his worst efforts. His rhymes are not only weak but full of pretentious pseudo-anger.
808s was so raw and real and full of powerful emotions and to me this record is the exact opposite. It seems Kanye has no real inspiration anymore other than feeding on all the rumors and from the tabloids so he just goes with that. If that's your gig ...ENJOY!!… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Nov 19, 2012Easily one of the most creative and defining records of this decade so far. The Trilogy is well worth a listen even for people who haveEasily one of the most creative and defining records of this decade so far. The Trilogy is well worth a listen even for people who have already gotten the original three mix-tapes. You can tell that all of the songs got re-polished and the addition of 3 bonus tracks makes this well worth every penny!!… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7Nov 19, 2012This is a very solid album. Typical Deftones sound with some really awesome songs. The album has a great feel to it and is perfectly produced.This is a very solid album. Typical Deftones sound with some really awesome songs. The album has a great feel to it and is perfectly produced. Make sure to listen to it at least once with some decent over-the-ear headphones. The two singles "Leathers" and "Tempest" had already sold me on the record but I was afraid those might be the only two great songs on this record. Not so..."Poltergeist" is a beast of a song and just kicks you right in the teeth. "Gauze" has that great mid-tempo Deftones feel to it. Chinos vocals on this whole record are just amazing. He is such a fantastic singer!! If you haven yet listen to this record, stop reading this review and get the album and enjoy!!!… Expand