A Match Made In Heaven

Regardless of how you feel about Kanye and/or Pitchfork, you can’t deny that that is some historic shit right there.  They do not hand those out like candy, at least not to non-reissues. In fact, the last time they awarded one of those to an album upon initial release (at least in the canon of reviews that were not mysteriously deleted in the transfer from the days before their rigid grading procedure was established), it might’ve been Kid A. Or possibly Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.  In any case, in the past decade they have given out a perfect score almost zero times.

Some time ago, I was reading some blogger’s thoughts on Pitchfork (unfortunately, I can’t remember where it was) which were basically that “Pitchfork loves artists that are 1000% themselves.  Johnny Cash is 1000% Johnny Cash.  Daniel Johnston is 1000% Daniel Johnston.  Animal Collective is 1000% Animal Collective.”  This was a while ago but it has stuck with me because I think it really rings true.  And this album adheres perfectly to that rule; can you imagine a work that better captures and represents one individual’s crazy, massive, overblown, singular identity than this one?  Kanye West is, like, 10000% Kanye West, and absolutely no one else ever could have or would have made an album that sounds quite like this one.

Just one more thought I want to toss out: this album currently has a 100 on Metacritic.  The other cultural object to receive an absurdly high score this year was The Social Network, which sat pretty at 100 for a while before sinking down to a still-really-high-for-a-film 95.  I saw The Social Network; it was good.  Arguably the best film of the past, say, five years? Probably not.  I think the Kanye album (just realized I’ve been accidentally avoiding saying it’s awful title) might be more deserving of a near-perfect score, but my theory (probably bullshit) about this year’s phenomenon of critical consensus is that it might stem from a collective nostalgia and yearning for the bygone era of monoculture (when there were only three TV networks and the radio stations all played the same thing, so what was “good” was pretty much universally agreed-upon).  Whether the monoculture ever really existed is up for debate, but things are undoubtedly much more fractured now than they were before. Perhaps the critical establishment is unwittingly trying to create pieces of culture around which our whole society rallies in a universal way reminiscent of monoculture.  I have my doubts about whether The Social Network will be remembered as such.  My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy most likely will.  We’ll see how it does in sales this week.  ❤ u Kanye.

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~ by toren on November 22, 2010.

One Response to “A Match Made In Heaven”

  1. YES. totally agree :]

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