The Velvet Underground icon has shared his take on the the hip-hop star's latest release for online blog TheTalkhouse.com and he admits he is a big fan.
Reed opens the review with high praise for the artist, writing, "There are moments of supreme beauty and greatness on this record, and then some of it is the same old s**t. But the guy really, really, really is talented. He's really trying to raise the bar. No one's near doing what he's doing, it's not even on the same planet."
The singer goes on to analyse the tracks and admits that while the album's sound is minimal, there are a ton of different instruments and sound effects all rolled into one on songs like Blood on the Leaves: "There's a lot going on there: horns, piano, bass, drums, electronic effects, all rhythmically matched - towards the end of the track, there's now twice as much sonic material. But Kanye stays unmoved while this mountain of sound grows around him. Such an enormous amount of work went into making this album. Each track is like making a movie."
Reed goes on to applaud West for keeping his listeners on their toes: "Very often, he'll have this very monotonous section going and then, suddenly - 'Bap! Bap! Bap! Bap!' - he disrupts the whole thing and we're on to something new that's absolutely incredible. That's architecture, that's structure - this guy is seriously smart. He keeps unbalancing you. He'll pile on all this sound and then suddenly pull it away, all the way to complete silence, and then there's a scream or a beautiful melody, right there in your face. That's what I call a sucker punch."
Concluding the article, the rocker states: "If you like sound, listen to what he's giving you. Majestic and inspiring."
The review emerged online on Tuesday (02Jul13), just two days after Reed was reportedly hospitalised in New York and treated for dehydration.