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Praising ‘Yeezus,’ Kanye West wows TD Garden

Kanye West donned masks and performed atop a faux mountain for his Boston show.
Kanye West donned masks and performed atop a faux mountain for his Boston show.Matt Sayles/Invision/Associated Press/file 2012

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Kanye West is a polarizing character. The Chicago rapper-producer (and sometime singer) has been called many things by both fans and detractors — from genius to blowhard.

But one thing he has yet to be accused of is laziness. Sunday night at the TD Garden, whatever anyone’s preconceived notions may have been about West going in, one thing was abundantly clear by night’s end: The dude works hard.

In a spectacular, sometimes riveting, sometimes baffling but never boring two-hour performance in support of his darkly disruptive latest album “Yeezus,” West walked the walk. With unflagging, frenetic energy he warmed up a chilly, minimalist yet literally mountainous set design by blazing through more than two dozen songs and presenting a singular vision. (Apparently, that vision didn’t include several of West’s hits including “Gold Digger.”)

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