It’s only the third workday of 2011, but are pop fans already regretting whom they went home with for last year’s consensus pick for album of the year?Racist? Kanye West? Really? But we thought the racist was George W. Bush? Oh - wait - Kanye had to apologize to the former president for that charge. Funny how, just like when Kanye's awful album came out, the supposedly-always-aware Left missed the obvious and applauded.
Three prominent music writers have recently penned pieces that to one degree or another find some new unsettling or underwhelming notes in Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” that went unremarked upon during the deluge of hyperbole that first greeted it. Each agrees on the album's importance, but implies that “Fantasy’s” ambition and bombast may have covered up some troubling undercurrents in Kanye’s vision, and underlined pop's need to crown consensus heroes.
The most cutting take is from the Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates, who finds that Kanye’s color-coded value system for women in “Fantasy’s” lyrics is “incredibly, almost casually, racist.”
Which, come to think of it, is also what happened when they brought us the disaster of Obama. Massive applause, dancing in the streets, and smug pronouncements about how conservatives were "finished" in America. They were sure of it - positive - just like they know great art when they see and hear it.
Actually, it's kind of like everything they've ever supported or thought is a mistake or a lie,...and a big one. Now why would that be?