reasonable doubt, the blueprint, and the black album are the three you MUST listen to. id go in the order i listed them. all three are three of my favorite hip-hop albums of all time and the black album was one of the first in the genre i heard.
Good review, and I think the introductory parts about Yeezus are completely justified. One artist is pushing the envelope and innovating while the other is comfortable stagnating in the same old territory. One thing I would add to the comparison, though, has to do with length. Kanye has learned to make a concise and consistent album, and I think part of the reason Yeezus succeeds is that it's this lean, relentless burst of abrasive aggression. Even MBDTF, which is nothing if not epic and sprawling, feels a lot more condensed than Kanye's older album because he learned to ditch the skits and the interludes (mostly) and the filler and make something that you actually want to experience in one sitting.
This album, on the other hand, just keeps fucking going. It's one thing that the songs aren't that good to begin with. I could have done with an album of disposable Jay-Z lyrics if every song had a great beat and a killer guest spot (which several of them do), but the in between tracks where it's just him are where this album really falters. I looked down somewhere around "Heaven" thinking, "shit, this thing has gotta be almost over," but there were still seven more songs.
That seems silly to have an aggregated system then, doesnt it?
The rating system on the site is very old. Hence why we are switching to this x/10 on the new site. Most all of us are just switching over early. We've been doing this for well over 6 months now - probably almost a year. It's nothing new.
Well that reason, along with some of your reviewers, is why I go elsewhere for music reviews these days.
That literally makes no sense. An averaged rating system is why you go elsewhere? Even though everywhere else uses a similar system of either letter grades or _/5 or _/10, which is what we now do...okay then.
Jason has been working on the new website for some time and is currently re-writing the entire thing from scratch. It's not something that can just be fixed overnight. These things take time. Not to mention it's not that big of a deal at all - we still score them. The score of any review shouldn't be that important anyway. People consider it way too important instead of just reading the review. Considering every reviewer ever of any site will all score everything a little different - it's not like it's a computer system - they aren't the same across the board for everyone obviously. So why should they matter that much? It shouldn't. We all do our best score-wise, but just read the review - that's what we all spend the time on and what should matter.