Kanye West: Indie Saddo

Oct 15th, 2008 // 6 Comments

At the end of my 2007 poll essay, I mentioned that Kanye West was clearly trying to ingratiate himself to the indie audience: fake videos with Will Oldham and Zack Galifinakis, collaborations with Daft Punk, dropping in on upstart indie MCs’ videos. Judging from The Fader Blog’s play-by-play of an L.A. listening party for the forthcoming 808s and Heartbreak (and here I’d so been looking forward to Good-Ass Job, the long-bruited fourth part of West’s educational saga, but whatever), he’s gone all the way in by making a friggin’ Junior Boys album. I’ll reserve judgment on that particular move, but let me just say I sincerely hope it’s a lot more like Last Exit than like So This Is Goodbye. [The Fader]

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  1. Tauwan

    “I’ll reserve judgment on that particular move, but let me just say I sincerely hope it’s a lot more like Last Exit than like So This Is Goodbye.”

    Thank you. I remember buying Last Exit and playing that shit out. It was subdued electronic soul done right, and also one of those CDs you felt you needed to pass along to anyone who would listen. And then So This is Goodbye came out. Yeah In the Morning or whatever that track was called was the shit, but something got lost on the road to album number two. Just wasn’t worth my time. I also feel as though folks had nothing but P-R-A-I-S-E for the album because of the high they got from Last Exit. But then again that’s just my .02.

  2. Anonymous

    Last Exit is one of the best records of the decade. But I don’t honestly see why people disliked So This Is Goodbye. Sure the first time you play it it’s pretty boring. But give it a few more spins and it really becomes a great record; just not as good as Last Exit.

    If it sounds Junior Boysish: Count me in. It will help me get through the wait for their next record in January.

  3. How do I say this ... THROWDINI!

    Kanye West was clearly trying to ingratiate himself to the indie audience

    Don’t forget (accidently) seeking Jenny Lewis’ opinion on his new album.

  4. Anonymous

    @dontpetthesheep: Don’t forget then new Morgan Geist album is practically a Junior Boys album, what with Jeremy Greenspan singing half of the songs (the other half is instrumental).

  5. Anonymous

    I just read the Fader report, which compares the album to Adult., and doesn’t even mention the Junior Boys. Let’s hope it’s a lot more like Anxiety Always than like Why Bother?!

  6. Anonymous

    So This Is Goodbye was mostly great. In The Morning STILL is slamming.

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