I’ve been listening to Kanye West’s new album “Yeezus” on and off the last few weeks. It’s clearly an intense album and not for everybody. I’m still not sure how I feel about it.
But one moment in particular stands out to me as the most intense musical moment I’ve ever heard in any album.
To me this ranks right up there with Jimmy Hendrix’s guitar solo in “All Along the Watchtower” or the opening chord in “Hard Day’s Night”. It’s a pure adrenaline/seratonin shot down your spine.
The moment I’m talking about happens around 1:10 into the first song on the album, “On Sight” (embedded below). To demonstrate how much he “doesn’t give a fuck”, he playfully samples a melody-rich choir sample (“He’ll Give Us What We Really Need”, by the Holy Name of Mary Choral Family). It lasts for 8 measures, and when it ends your ears are jolted back into Kanye’s world – a dark dystopian modern chic Lamborghini of a song. The first time I heard it I got the chills. The first time my brother heard it he burst out laughing.
Whether it’s a funny moment or an artistic moment, it’s undeniably a moment, and a powerful one. That man is a crazy genius.