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CoS skulldrags Kanye; gives new album an F

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Hylia    83,978
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The Lowdown: Kanye West is apparently in the midst of a religious awakening. He’s stopped cursing and asked those around him to do the same and has even instructed his inner circle to refrain from premarital sex — a request that seems strange coming from the creative director of the 2018 PornHub awards. West’s Christianity has pervaded his music since “Jesus Walks”, but then again, even between the calls for salvation, that track was punctuated with profanities. One of the biggest artists of our time is having a Moment, and it’s feeling much less like Dylan going electric and much more like Snoop Dog saying, “Call me Snoop Lion.”

 

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Based on his words and behavior, Kanye West has undergone a radical reinvention of self. Why? What happened, and how has his life been changed by his new relationship with God? West doesn’t say. That’s a shame, because whatever’s going on behind the scenes is surely more interesting than Jesus Is King, 27 minutes of cliches, half-finished thoughts, and vaguely religious gesturing.

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There are a few other interesting moments, but they never sustain over the course of a full song. The drums on “Selah” temporarily impress, as do The Clipse on “Use This Gospel”. The presence of some real MCs spitting real flows momentarily energizes the album. But they seem out of place, bursting into a Sunday service with Saturday’s whiskey breath. “Who am I to judge, I’m crooked as Vegas,” Pusha T shrugs, as No Malice calls his cocaine collection a “trunkful of Barry Manilows.” Then Kenny G, the Sultan of Schmaltz, the Emperor of Elevator Music, rips the track open with a piercing saxophone solo. None of these individual elements mesh with the rest of the song or any other song on this torturous album. But they are lively moments, and on the tedious Jesus Is King, that is practically worth praising.

 

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The Bad: “Selah” creates an expectant atmosphere with moody organs and a choir whispering “Hallelujah.” Kanye quotes the Book of John on bondage and slavery. Surely, you think, this song is going somewhere. The choir gets louder, the tension heightens, and then, poof, nothing happens. Kanye returns with a meandering verse about greed, betrayal, forgiveness, and truth, saying nothing as he tries to cover everything. After a flourish of drums and cackling “Woos!”, the song abruptly ends. There’s no central idea, no point. “Selah” feels representative of the whole project. Kanye West went into the studio with all the fireworks money can buy and no reason to set them off.

“Closed on Sunday” is half a joke masquerading as a whole song. “Closed on Sunday, you’re my Chick-Fil-A,” Kanye repeats over and over again, along with some vague references to observing the sabbath. This is supposed to stir our souls? Don’t take selfies or use Instagram on Sunday? Who would have thought West overhauling his personality could be so incredibly dull?

“On God” is twinkling cheese, a dollar-store ripoff of “All of the Lights”. Again, the subject matter seems promising. Kanye references his controversial remarks from last year that slavery was a “choice” on the part of slaves. Here, he raps, “Thirteenth amendment, gotta end it, that’s on me,” acknowledging the amendment that freed the slaves. Is he finally going to open himself up to introspection — to analyze his past or present? Of course not. He says he’s the greatest artist “restin’ or alive”, and then ends the song by preaching his personal gospel of wealth. “That’s why I charge the prices that I charge,” referring perhaps to $200 concert tickets or $2,000 Yeezy 350’s. “I can’t be out here dancin’ with the stars/ No I cannot let my family starve.” Insisting on your right to charge a semester’s tuition for a pair of sneakers is an odd way to end a Christian praise song. At times like this, Jesus Is King feels less than sincere.

At 27 minutes, it also feels surprisingly long. Ideas develop and fizzle, but nothing sticks. “Water” is more bland than its namesake. “Hands On” is the worst of the many meandering rants, lacking almost all rhythm or flow, with the kind of simplistic rhymes that would get a person hissed out of a poetry slam. Even the last song, “Jesus Is Lord”, seems to stop, unresolved, in the middle of a thought. After all the delays regarding the album’s release, the record still feels unfinished.

 

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Essential Track(s): The first old Kanye song your player of choice skips to after Jesus Is King ends.

 


Then there’s a couple of equally iconic comments

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Spot on review... Part of the reason Ye is able to put out albums like this and feel good about it is because of all the Ye stans like the ones in this comment section... No chance any of these people pressed play and said, "I was hoping for this"... Beat on the album bang and this could have been a solid short record, but you're spot on with the subject matter being half baked (at best), even for a 'religious awakening' album... Stans keep telling him he's a god tho, so don't expect anything different. I give it a D+

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Look at you lemmings. A honest review and you guys attack the man. Sure, he slipped up about the shoe prices, where the 2000 are obvious resale pricing, but everything else was dead on. It is OK kids, every artist slips now and then, of course he's been slipping for years now and this proves he still on the slide. Maybe he'll come back, I doubt it though. This is the most honest, non ass licking review I've seen thus far. Pretty refreshing!

 


Source: https://consequenceofsound.net/2019/10/album-review-kanye-west-jesus-is-king/

 

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Sylk    142,953

and that's on period

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Royalty    94,144

Can’t be bothered listening to this album

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Jake    16,559

I listened to the album because I was curious, and it was ROUGH. I hated Closed On Sunday so much dead2  Aside from the questionable lyric content and horrid mixing, it felt like a drag to go through. The fact that it's 27 minutes long yet it felt like 2 hours says a lot.

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CHANEL #1    10,271
1 hour ago, Jake said:

I listened to the album because I was curious, and it was ROUGH. I hated Closed On Sunday so much dead2  Aside from the questionable lyric content and horrid mixing, it felt like a drag to go through. The fact that it's 27 minutes long yet it felt like 2 hours says a lot.

This. I gave it a shot but barely made it through rip4 

He's really lost his touch musically imo.

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fab    12,977

sounds like a cringeworthy mess tbh, not that I'm gonna listen 

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Out of curiosity i decided to listen to the album. What the fuck is this? Kanye has really lost all musicality. This is hard to listen to it's so badly produced and messy. 

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Princess Aurora    18,492

I feel sorry for Kanye though. I hope one day he will able to go back to the Kanye he used to be, pre-Taylor incident of course when it comes to his Personality. 

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