50-worders: Kanye West and Lady

I’ve reviving the melophobe 50-word music review (see here for details).

Yeezus_Kanye_Westkanye west – yeezus — 8.0
Kanye intentionally turns his monomaniacal persona into a caricature, critiquing both himself and his media construction. Schizophrenic, offensive, and hilarious, Yeezus works a denser, more abrasive sonic palette than West’s worked before. His flow’s still mediocre—though there are great, cringe-worthy laughs throughout—but he’s aurally challenging himself, and us.

Reminds you of: El-P / Death Grips / The RZA

lady – lady  6.2
If neo-soul recreated Motown for modern ears, what do we call a group reconstructing neo-soul? Classy, crisp, and with thin acid-jazz rasps, Lady clothes itself in its vinyl collection. Brand New Heavies ain’t bad influences but I wish this duo would get rougher and look less over its postmodern shoulder.

Reminds you of: Brand New Heavies / Martina Topley-Bird / Raphael Saadiq / En Vogue



About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Athens, GA. His work has been published in RogerEbert.com, Bookslut, The Comics Journal, Salon, The Baseball Chronicle, Jackson Free Press, and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Follow him on Twitter (@walter_biggins), and check out his bimonthly newsletter (https://tinyletter.com/Walter_Biggins).
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