Kanye West's 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy': Best Album of the Year?

Today is the official drop date for Kanye West's new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and the glowing reviews are in.

Yesterday's Washington Post could only find fault with the album title, giving the release a rave:

easily the most thrilling album of 2010 and the best of West's career. The weird, wordy title is the only thing about this opus that he'll live to regret - the rest is pure pop bravura, with hip-hop's biggest ego torquing self-obsession into unapologetic new shapes.

Today's Telegraph calls the album "the Sgt. Pepper of hip-hop" declaring that

Kanye West has made the album of the year. Here is an artist so far ahead of the field, he may as well be in a different field altogether" later calling the album the "Sgt. Pepper of hip hop.

Pitchfork adds to the hype, bestowing My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy with a 10.0--the first non-reissue to nab a perfect score since Wilco's 2002 release Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

Read the full story at the Washington Post, Telegraph, and Pitchfork.

 

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Rebecca Greenfield is a former staff writer at The Wire.

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