This album is a masterpiece, just to start things off. It blends noise, hard hitting drums and drops, samples, change ups, beautiful vocals, and aggressive verses with lewd and obnoxious lyrics perfectly. He never misses a beat through these 10 tracks. It truly is my favourite Kanye album (note: not the best Kanye album).
I am going to do a blurb for a couple tracks I felt were the highlights for me. I also want to stress these are personal theories of what I took from the album.
On Sight - 9/10
One of my favourites off of this album, it is a well executed intro and a tell tale track for how the rest of the album will sound. When I first heard the noise waves rev up at the very start of the track, I knew this album was going to be a ride. The instrumental moves into this up and down note pattern among noisy but minimal (if that makes sense) mesh. It works well when the verse comes in. He brings in the overwhelming lyrics that really hype the song, and switches it up to this drifting like chorus that sort of shows the chaos going through his mind, like these thoughts are racing and he can't keep up. You can also tell he is in this hazy chaos when he says "I need, I need you right now, I-I-" at the end in a choppy shuffle, like he needs someone to help him escape the chaos. It sort of uses abruptness to it's advantage and pulls it off nicely.
Hold My Liquor - 10/10
This is my personal favourite track off of Yeezus, it seems like it is the track where he sort of has a sobering moment, a bit ironic for the title. The intro where it starts off calmly, with a lone instrumental, and Justin Vernon singing in an autotuned voice sort of acts like a break from the brash and in your face-ness of the previous tracks. The punch into the next little segment builds more energy. Chief Keef's placement on this track is really well done, and has the most important lines on track (ironically again haha). He emphasizes that Kanye is a multilayered person, and unpredictable. Among his braggadocios and obnoxious personality and lyrics, people don't know how his mind works, how he feels past that. The song builds up energy as the guitar screech brings in the verse and the droning instrumental. The verse brings strong, memorable lyrics that roll into the guitar screeches perfectly build up the energy to the last line. The verse itself was pretty storytelling, and insightful in a Kanye kind of way. The Chief Keef segment breaks in again to sort of tie the start and end of the verse, and introduce the rest of the track, where Vernon harmonizes with Kanye's autotuned ad-libs. The Justin and Keef contrast in sound kind of brings the off focus element of the album to this track, but works really well together for some reason. I personally just enjoy that Kanye was able to use Keef so well on a track like this. The guitar verse beautifully sends off the track in a sort of movie-esque way. This track is an abstract orchestra of to put it concisely.
So that was my review of Kanye's Yeezus, I may add my thoughts on either Blood On The Leaves or Bound 2 later, I just don't have the energy right now.