This year, for SPIN’s 2013 “Best Albums Of Year” they have named Kanye West’s new album, Yeezus at #1. Below is why they chose it as Album Of The Year!
Kanye West‘s Yeezus is the most important album of all time inspired by a lamp.
Struck by one of Le Corbusier’s sleek, minimal fixtures, West responded with an album of simple shapes, uncomplicated colors, and instant gratification — an immediate sculpture made for the Pinterest age, but still clogged with enough lewd lyrical selfies to get it banned from Facebook and blown up on WorldStar. “I really do believe that the world can be saved through design, and everything needs to actually be ‘architected,'” he told some Harvard School of Design students a few weeks ago. It turns out the man who caught a gratuitous amount of internet grousing earlier this year for dubbing himself “the nucleus of culture” was totally right.
Yeezus was a thorny tangram puzzle of boxy headbanger blats that exemplified a year of equally stripped-down, basal pleasures. America’s video game of choice was Candy Crush Saga, a smartphone distraction of shapes in primary and secondary colors. Our film was Gravity, a movie that featured little else beyond two characters and the infinite blackness of space. (If this record was West’s Gravity, then 2010’s blown-out, all-frills, 11-guests-on-a-hook My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was his bloated Avatar.) From the stark stencils of Banksy’s New York invasion to the symmetrical LED lines of San Francisco’s Bay Lights installation to Norway’s “slow televison” phenomenon starring eight hours of a burning fireplace, simplicity is the move, and West is popping wheelies on the zeitgeist.
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