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Kanye West Sounds


At the top of Lushlife's page offering his new mash-up of Beach Boys meets Kanye West, we see the following quote from Brian Wilson:

I think we are at the lowest point we have been in the history of (music)... like in rap music. It all adds up to one big minus."

Sadly, Lushlife does nothing to dispel this exagerrated comment.
First off, I'd disagree that hip hop hasn't originated anything. But I do feel as though it's reached it's "hair metal" stage if you will and becoming a mockary of itself. It just so happens that Kanye West is one of the key artists fighting this trend. So it's an interesting idea to pair up two innovators. But as a serious serious Beach Boys nerd/snob I feel it's important to say that these two artists are NOT EQUALS IN ANY UNIVERSE and it almost minimilizes Wilsons accomplishment to pair him with West at this point in his career.

Either way, onto the review. At no point does this album succeed in correctly and appropriately using "Pet Sounds". Mostly, it takes one small and amatuer loop from "Pet Sounds", with no regard for content or meaning, and tosses some Kanye West on top. A great example of this is "Get'em High" where we hear a beautiful string arrangement layed over with Talib Kwali telling us to put up our "Mutha Fuck'n Hands". Yikes.

What we do see is that, in any genre or circumstance, "Pet Sounds" is amazing. It's sounds transcend and live in all environments and pulse with emotion. We also find that West is a talented and original lyricist.

What we are left with, in the end, are some Kanye West songs with interesting loops underneath them that sound pretty. This has nothing to do with the fact that parts of them originate from "Pet Sounds". Unlike the wildly interesting "Grey Album" by Danger Mouse, this album puts synthesized beats and sounds created by Lush Life over childish samples form the greatest album ever made. If Lushlife had inventively pulled samples, based all the beats on actual drum samples and all the melodies on re-worked string lines.... well then we'd have something. Also, unlike the "Grey Album", we never find lyrics' mood matched with songs' mood.

Either way, below I've itemized songs that are "interesting" and songs that make a mockery of the project. All this project amounts to is a verification of Wilson's quote and more proof that upcoming hip hop producers are getting less and less interesting. If Lushlife had actually put some hard work into this project, it could be really thought provoking.

INTERESTING:
-All Falls Down
-Diamonds
-Slow Jamz
-New Workout Plan

AWFUL:
-Through The Wire
-Get'em High

You can listen to the whole album at: www.kanyewestsounds.com
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