Reviews Round-Up: Kanye West
Photo Credit: Mikel Galicia
See what reviews from publications all around the country have had to say about the Saint Pablo Tour so far.
Rolling Stone - August 25 - "Kanye West Floats Over Crowd in Unique Saint Pablo Tour Kickoff"
“Spectacle has always been the hallmark of West's many tours, seeking ways to show his audience something that they've never seen before. With his latest presentation, he's managed to up the ante once again and redefine what audiences might consider "possible" along the way.”
Austin360 - September 22 - "Jesus walks, but Kanye flies above us all at Austin show"
“Kanye West kept things heavenly in Austin during a one-and-a-half-hour Saint Pablo Tour stop at the Frank Erwin Center, where the rap superstar was a god. No, I’m not saying Yeezus is the Lord Almighty. (He might, though.) West has always flirted with the divine, as do plenty of major cultural figures. For this show, he stopped flirting and entered a fully committed relationship.”
New York Times - August 26 - "Review: Kanye West, Both Close and Out of Reach at His Tour Opener"
“It was a minimalist, elaborately efficient way to deliver an arena show: It got Mr. West closer to both ends of the room, and also to both the fans on the floor and those in the cheap seats way up top. There was even blurring between the insiders and the outsiders — among the revelers on the floor were some of Mr. West’s intimates and members of his extended creative team: Virgil Abloh, Scooter Braun, Travis Scott, ASAP Bari.”
Complex - September 7 - "Kanye West Tucks the Theatrics and Throws His Fans a Big Party on the Saint Pablo Tour"
“But of course, nothing Kanye does is regular. Saint Pablo’s aesthetic is very advanced, with a whole panel of ceiling lights and thick smoke that renders an Instagram filter IRL. And in lieu of a grounded spaceship or a mountain, the only setpiece is an oscillating stage, a one-man hovercraft straight out of a Ridley Scott schematic that hangs twelve feet in the air.”
The Columbus Dispatch - September 25 - "Concert review | Kanye West's indescribable show is … well, you had to be there"
“How do you describe an indescribable show? You can't pinpoint the way it feels to hear his lyrics rip through a packed venue, and you can't retell the energy that he creates. Bottom line is, you had to be there.”
MTV - September 7 - "Kanye West Fights For His Soul On The Saint Pablo Tour"
“Almost all the new songs on the Saint Pablo tour work better than they did on record. Part of this has to do with the floating stage, a visually stunning piece that soars smoothly back and forth above the fans on the arena floor like a magic carpet.”
Michigan Live - September 28 - "Concert review: Kanye West's 'Saint Pablo Tour' an awe-inspiring display of art and ego"
“Perhaps it was a symbolic journey; perhaps it was a gimmick. Either way, it was so unlike any live musical presentation before it, it transcended its trappings to become performance art. [...] But one left the show not remembering musical flourishes, but the bombastic and magnificent visual ones."
The Detroit News - September 29 - "Review: Kanye West rides high at dynamic Joe Louis show"
“Whether or not Yeezy changes the world, Kanye West continues to innovate in the concert space. And on that Ultralight Beam, "Saint Pablo" is his boldest, most effective statement to date.”