It pains me to acknowledge that Kanye West’s long awaited album 'The Life of Pablo' does not appear to have been worth the anticipation. I will admit that I approached this album with a bit of a bitterness for the entire Title issue, as a broke college student who is in a healthy relationship with Spotify. I waited until 'The Life of Pablo' was available to all to give my opinions, just out of principle, and I hope you understand.
I am not sure if Kanye is trying to be unique and resist definition or just “hip and relatable” but the execution lacks his traditional flow and catchiness that we all know and love. Yes, Kanye is Kanye, and we have learned to tolerate that love/hate relationship, but this album overall is disappointingly lackluster. He recognizes our feelings in “I Love Kanye” and regardless of whether this is a joke track, I do miss the only Kanye, and I cannot be the alone in this. One aspect of this album that I cannot even formulate an excuse for is the lack of feature credits. While listening I heard many beloved artists’ work, but did not see any credit given, and I can only wonder why.
Despite this, I was able to find some redeeming songs, specifically 'Pt.2, Waves,' and 'No More Parties in LA.' So be sure to check those out! Stream below via Spotify (finally.)
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