Lou Reed reviews Kanye West's 'Yeezus'
Former Velvet Underground frontman has mixed views on the album
Reed, who was released from hospital yesterday (July 1) after being admitted for severe dehydration, shared his views on West's sixth solo album on the website The Talkhouse.
"There are moments of supreme beauty and greatness on this record, and then some of it is the same old shit. But the guy really, really, really is talented. He's really trying to raise the bar. No one's near doing what he's doing, it's not even on the same planet," he writes.
Later in the review, he adds: "Over and over, he sets you up so well — something's just got to happen — and he gives it to you, he hits you with these melodies. (He claims he doesn't have those melodic choruses anymore — that's not true. That melody the strings play at the end of 'Guilt Trip', it's so beautiful, it makes me so emotional, it brings tears to my eyes.) But it's real fast cutting — boom, you're in it. Like at the end of 'I Am a God', anybody else would have been out, but then pow, there's that coda with Justin Vernon, "Ain't no way I'm giving up." Un-fucking-believable. It's fantastic."
He concludes: "It's all the same shit, it's all music — that's what makes him great. If you like sound, listen to what he's giving you. Majestic and inspiring."
Kanywe West released 'Yeezus' on June 18. It was the rapper's sixth straight Number One album in the US. It was also a Number One hit in the UK.