Monday, June 29, 2015

Lou Reed writes an amazing review of 'Yeezus'

The Velvet Underground founding member gave a rave, honest review of Kanye's latest album.

Lou Reed writes an amazing review of ‘Yeezus’

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Lou Reed performs at Lollapalooza (AP Photo/John Smierciak, File)
Lou Reed performs at Lollapalooza (AP Photo/John Smierciak, File) AP

TheTalkHouse.com is a new music site that has artists reviewing other artists.

It has Andrew W.K. reviewing Robert Pollard, Dean Wareham reviewing Daft Punk­–basically pairing up the unlikely with the unlikely. Or maybe not?

Today, a review on the site from founding Velvet Underground member Lou Reed hit the web and made digital tsunami waves. Why? The review surprisingly revealed that the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is an enormous fan of Kanye West’s latest album, Yeezus.

In short, Lou thinks Kanye is pretty much the driving force for the new music world: “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.”

Lou writes like a giddy schoolboy who has just unwrapped his first CD ever. Here are some highlights:

He seems to have insinuated in a recent New York Times interview that My Beautiful Dark, Twisted Fantasy was to make up for stupid s**t he'd done.  And now, with this album, it's "Now that you like me, I'm going to make you unlike me."  It's a dare.

But why he starts the album off with that typical synth buzzsaw sound is beyond me, but what a sound it is, all gussied up and processed.  I can't figure out why he would do that.  It's like farting.  It's another dare — I dare you to like this.  Very perverse.

Many lyrics seem like the same old b.s. Maybe because he made up so much of it at the last minute.  But it's the energy behind it, the aggression.  Usually the Kanye lyrics I like are funny, and he's very funny here.  Although he thinks that getting h**d from nuns and eating Asian p***y with sweet and sour sauce is funny, and it might be, to a 14-year-old — but it has nothing to do with me.

Some people ask why he's screaming on "I Am a God."  It's not like a James Brown scream — it's a real scream of terror.  It makes my hair stand on end.  He knows they could turn on him in two seconds.  By "they" I mean the public, the fickle audience.  He could kill Taylor Swift and it would all be over.

 

Read Lou Reed’s full, uncensored review here.
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