"Yeezus" – as in the character doing the rapping – is a construct as much as any beat on the album. It may be constructed from parts of West's psyche, for sure, but it is also constructed by him. Any conflation of the character with the man denies West the right to create art.
Modern Vampires of the City is a good album in the Alternative/Indie Pop genre. Unfortunately for me, one portion concedes too much to a modern pop sound. Particularly "Worship You", which reminds me of plenty of songs I hear on the radio and change the station promptly.
NWTS not only puts his lyrical ability on full display, but he went off on “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2,” going toe-to-toe with his idol Jay Z. The same can be said for “Tuscan Leather” and “The Language.” “The contract like ‘91 Dan Marino” and “Took a while, got the Jokers out of the deck now/I’m holding all the cards, niggas wanna play chess now” are #bars if you ask me.
On September 2, 2013, it was announced that Magna Carta Holy Grail was certified double Platinum by the RIAA, for shipments of two million copies in the United States. The album was nominated in six categories at the 2014 Grammy Awards winning the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration trophy for "Holy Grail" featuring Justin Timberlake.
Slant Magazine placed the album at number 3 on The 25 Best Albums of 2013 and Time Out ranked the album at number 20 on 50 Best Albums of 2013. Pure Heroine was voted the 25th best album in The Village Voice ' s Pazz & Jop critics' poll for 2013. By contrast, Vice named Pure Heroine the worst album of 2013.
Yours Truly is the debut studio album by American singer and actress Ariana Grande. It was released on September 3, 2013, by Republic Records. Incorporating R&B, Yours Truly was influenced by Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey, amongst Grande's other greatest idols. Grande describes the album's first half as a "throwback" to the R&B music of the 1990s, and the second half being "very unique and very special that I've sort of written" which is completely original.
The black humour throughout is what gives Pale Green Ghosts its soul, too, even when the album reaches Glacier, its heart-crushing climax. An epic song about Grant coming to terms with his homosexuality in the full, angry glare of homophobia, its chorus touchingly mixes shadows and light.
The Bones of What You Believe is the debut studio album by Scottish synth-pop band Chvrches, released on 20 September 2013 by Virgin Records and Goodbye Records. Recorded between 2011 and 2013 in Glasgow, the album was written, composed, and produced by the band as a collaborative effort.
Sunbather ' s critical acclaim has led the album to be listed on several critic's "Best of 2013" lists, both in the US and internationally. Prior to the album's release, Sunbather was listed as an anticipated album of 2013 by Decibel, Noisecreep, The Skinny, Spin and Stereogum.
My Name Is My Name is the debut studio album by American rapper Pusha T. It was released on October 8, 2013, by GOOD Music and Def Jam Recordings. While leading up to the album's announcement, Pusha T released the mixtape Fear of God and the EP Fear of God II: Let Us Pray during 2011, along with collaborating on the GOOD Music's compilation album Cruel Summer (released in 2012).
"Merry Go Round" and "Follow Your Hits," the big singles from her 2013 major-label debut, Same Trailer Different Park, crystallized this gift and helped establish Musgraves as a major voice in country music: she was the rare country singer who could cross over to a rock audience without playing pop.
The Electric Lady. The Electric Lady is the third studio album by American recording artist Janelle Monáe, released on September 6, 2013 by Wondaland Arts Society and Bad Boy Records. It is the follow up to her critically acclaimed debut studio album, The ArchAndroid (2010), and likewise, received universal acclaim from music critics.
Born Sinner is the second studio album by American rapper J. Cole. It was released on June 18, 2013, by Roc Nation, Dreamville Records, ByStorm Entertainment and Columbia Records. The album serves as the follow-up to his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story (2011).
Once I Was an Eagle is the fourth studio album by British singer-songwriter Laura Marling, and was released on 27 May (US/Canada, 28 May) 2013. "Master Hunter" was the album's first official single release. It was nominated for the 2013 Mercury Prize.