Kanye West's "Twisted Fantasy" wins over critics
By Michael D. Ayers
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Despite his recent public spats with a U.S. talk show and Taylor Swift that have polarized opinions about Kanye West, critics on Monday seemed nearly unanimous about the rapper's new album: they love it.
West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy", released this week, is winning raves in the United states and around the world, and the positive press couldn't come at a better time for the Grammy award-winning artist.
In the past year, West has endured negative headlines after charging onto the stage at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards and stealing the microphone from country star Swift to tell audiences that R&B star Beyonce had a great video too.
His reputation seemed to be on the mend until earlier this month when he accused the co-host of U.S. news program "Today" of portraying him negatively over an interview he gave about previously calling ex-president George W. Bush a racist.
Yet, the best thing for an artist caught in a whirlwind of negative publicity is to pump out good art, experts say, and it appears that is what West has done on "Twisted Fantasy."
"History shows that a hit record or a great body of work causes memory lapses when it comes to wrongdoings," Vibe magazine editor-in-chief Jermaine Hall told Reuters. "And as shocking as Kanye's behavior is at times, there is a familiarity to it at this point."
On "Twisted Fantasy," West has embraced new sounds and samples, and his lyrics explore his personality flaws with little concern as to whether a song becomes a hit single. That notion, in itself, seems to have resonated more with music fans and critics than previous media mishaps.
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