ALBUM REVIEW: Kanye West – The Life Of Pablo
Kanye West has changed the title and track listing of his seventh studio album too many times to keep up with but maybe he should’ve spent that extra time working on a better album cover. Because look, Kanye is usually the king of album artwork but this time I have never seen a worse Photoshop mess, period. Saying that this is a review of the music so Kanye I will let you finish. “The Life Of Pablo” is a collection of 18 expressive tracks which has him returning to his roots as well as giving you more of the emotional trapp you wanted from “808 & Heartbreaks” and the aggressive raps that “Yezzus” had you hooked on. Opening with “Ultralight Beam” he has you going to church with a gospel trap beat that shouldn’t work but strangely does. However it’s not the strongest album opener and will have you slightly sleeping on it. Kanye loves hyping things up and creating a scene, that’s no secret. He tweeted about how he cried while writing “Father Stretch My Hands” and when I listened to this track I was ready to feel hella emotional but instead I felt hella creeped out. “Now if I fuck this model and she just bleached her asshole, and I get bleach on my T-shirt imma feel like an asshole”. Alright Kanye, I’m speechless and for the wrong reasons. And then you have the controversial “Famous” which proclaims “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, why? I made that bitch famous”. I have so many opinions on this line and could drag him for days but what we can’t go past is how great this song is. Featuring Rihanna and minus that line, this is probably the most commercial track on the record and could easily become another hit for him. Other album highlights include “FML”, “Waves”, “Real Friends” and “No More Parties In LA”. This album features 7 interludes/mini tracks that are mostly a waste of your time. It drags the album out and makes the 18 track length feel unnecessarily long. The major issue with “The Life Of Pablo” is that it’s very monotonous with each track running into the other and the listener not even realizing that a new song has started. With the hype very high I was wanting more groundbreaking and brilliant material which only surfaced a couple of times. One of these moments was the freestyle “I Love Kanye” where he makes fun of himself whilst proclaiming his love for himself. It’s very Kanye. So “The Life Of Pablo” may not have lived up to the expectations but there’s no denying you will have a couple of these tracks on replay. Also, I’m glad he’s no longer relying on the over use of audio effects because that was getting boring.