Review Summary: Two from two.
In stark contrast to DAYTONA
, we have Ye
. A sudden listening party was curated to celebrate its release. Celebrities abundant, as you can imagine. But weirdly enough, Ye
doesn’t feel like it needs a massive listening party. DAYTONA
certainly did, what with its visceral beats and tough bars combining on a flawless production credit from Kanye himself. Ye
feels more free-flowing. A departure from the at-times jarring Yeezus
. It feels more focused. A stark difference from the schizophrenic The Life of Pablo
. But most importantly, it feels Kanye
, something that has remained through all of his changes.
And honestly, what more could we want?
Just like DAYTONA
clocks in at seven tracks. Twenty-three minutes. But just like Pusha’s album, Kanye achieves greatness. It feels all-encompassing. Opener ‘I Thought About Killing You’ acts as a self-medication, a cleansing of what Kanye has been going through the last few years; Scream so loud got no lungs/Hurt so bad I go numb
. It’s all over a low-key keyboard line before bringing in what the album is about; clean, crisp production over some bars. Though lacking that crunch lyric wise, the flow/beat duo intertwine so effortlessly. Tracks like ‘All Mine’ use a slow, methodical beat over some of Kanye’s funniest lyrics; I love your titties cause’ they prove/I can focus on two things at once
. It’s these tongue-and-cheek moments that are contrasted by more serious moments that help Ye
feel so fulfilling. A track like the epic ‘Ghost Town’ work both as a triumph and as an introspective statement; Baby don’t you bet it all/On a pack of Fentanyl
; all put together by a fantastic final verse from 070 Shake; I put my hands on the stove, to see if I still bleed/Yeah, and nothing hurts anymore, I feel kinda free
feels like it leads up to this penultimate track, in which everything comes together. Introspection. Clarity. Acceptance. Freedom
And as ‘Violent Crimes’ winds the album down; Don’t grow up in a hurry/your mom’ll be worried
; freedom is what Ye
feels like. Though it isn’t the upfront and ragged DAYTONA
, why should it be? Ye
is beautiful the way it is. It’s Kanye finally coming out with something so incredibly focused, a feeling a Kanye album hasn’t brought in a long time. And although it barely crosses the twenty minute mark, it doesn’t feel like it needs to. It’s a clear, introspective approach, and it works so cohesively that it all feels so special. We’re here for Ye
. And I’m loving every minute of it.
Two from two.
Recommended Tracks: I Thought About Killing You, All Mine, Ghost Town, Violent Crimes