Let’s face it, most critics loved Kanye West‘s “Yeezus,” but fans were pretty polarized by it. Why is this guy yelling “I’m a god,” while talking about his backpacks and sexual exploits? Really the album is frustrating, because not only is it easy to hate, it’s also worth digging into even if you’re disgusted by it.
But Lou Reed, who is neither a critic or simply a music fan — rather one of the coolest guys in music for 50 years — really liked the album.
“There are moments of supreme beauty and greatness on this record, and then some of it is the same old shit. But the guy really, really, really is talented,” Lou Reed wrote in his review of “Yeezus.” “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.”
Now, “maybe Reed is wrong on this one,” you’re thinking. And that could be right, but Reed hung out with Andy Warhol, so he must know a bit about art. Either way, if you hate the album or think Reed is full of crap, he has some pretty interesting things to say about music, like this:
“I have never thought of music as a challenge — you always figure, the audience is at least as smart as you are. You do this because you like it, you think what you’re making is beautiful. And if you think it’s beautiful, maybe they’ll think it’s beautiful.”
Yeah, a bit cocky, but at the same time something I’ve certainly never thought about.
Read the whole review here. Maybe it will sway you into liking “Yeezus,” or it might just ruin your whole opinion on Lou Reed.