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


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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 Atlanta, GA. He is the co-author (with Daniel Couch) of Bob Mould's Workbook (Bloomsbury, 2017). His work has been published in The Quarterly Conversation, RogerEbert.com, Bookslut (RIP), The Comics Journal, The Baseball Chronicle, and other periodicals. Twitter: @walter_biggins.
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