Here is Spin mag’s take on the album’s place in modern music:
Yeezus was a thorny tangram puzzle of boxy headbanger blats that exemplified a year of equally stripped-down, basal pleasures.
America’s video game of choice was Candy Crush Saga, a smartphone distraction of shapes in primary and secondary colors. Our film was Gravity, a movie that featured little else beyond two characters and the infinite blackness of space. (If this record was West’s Gravity, then 2010’s blown-out, all-frills, 11-guests-on-a-hook My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was his bloated Avatar.) From the stark stencils of Banksy’s New York invasion to the symmetrical LED lines of San Francisco’s Bay Lights installation to Norway’s “slow televison” phenomenon starring eight hours of a burning fireplace, simplicity is the move, and West is popping wheelies on the zeitgeist.