Celebration Rock was hands down the capital-E Event when it came down to rock records. Japandroids simply are the best at what they do: completely rock the shit out of you. And to think 3 years ago Post-Nothing was their initial last shot at making an album. It would’ve been their last time, putting every single piece of energy they had in it. And they did make it sound like it was their last chance, their everything or nothing chance… Come to think of it, 3 years later it turned out to be everything. Celebration Rock is one of the best records of the year.
It’s no surprise either. With instant classics like ‘Fire’s Highway’, ‘Younger Us’ and the massive ‘The House That Heaven Built’, Celebration Rock was designated to be a massive success music wise. The only blip being the cover of The Gun Club’s ‘For The Love Of Ivy’, but the near perfect B-side of the album makes up for that. Celebration Rock literally is a celebration, a celebration of fighting for your youth, for your love, for every single thing that you desire. Celebration Rock is whatever you make of it, and so much more.
— Passin’ Me By by The Pharcyde
Kanye West’s most recent solo album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ was filled with arresting and utterly brilliant moments. There was the literal power-trip on ‘POWER’, the stadium-pop guest-spot-overloaded ‘All Of The Lights’, the competition-wrecking last verse of Nicki Minaj on ‘Monster’ and so many more, but there’s only one which gives me the chills over and over again. That single moment, that single second, just after Rick Ross’ great verse and a shredding guitar solo of the soul inferno that is ‘Devil In A New Dress’… The moment when that manipulated Smokey Robinson sample ends into that single and simple first piano chord on ‘Runaway’.
For me, there’s no single moment on the album as arresting as that simple and innocent first piano chord. It’s an indicator of what is to come: a dick pic sharing celebration to douchebaggery and real remorse of past mistakes. The whole of ‘Runaway’ from those first piano chords to Kanye West’s sudden revelations, even to Pusha T’s slightly off topic back to Kanye West again admitting his past mistakes to the vocoder and orchestra filled outro, is arresting and beautiful and gutwreching, but for me everything’s in that first single chord. Whenever I hear that, I know what’s gonna follow and I reexperience the trip that is ‘Runaway’.
On ‘MBDTF’ Kanye West did not only take the best out of all his guests, he also perfected his vision of Hip-Hop by combining all the styles he explored on his previous full lenghts and simply by being in a ‘league of his own’ and staying there the entire time. ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ is not only Kanye West’s magnus opus, it is a modern day classic already.
My mind wasn’t set on writing for a while, but I’ll be sure to post more reviews on a regular basis again from now on. I’ll be posting pictures of my favourite musicians again too. It’ll just be a collection of my favourite pictures I happen to stumble upon. Besides that I’ll also try to do album reviews and perhaps make some lists like “Best Albums Of …” etc. It’ll be good!