Kanye West | Jesus is King | Album Review
Def Jam Records
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
A Christian-themed album that is short of its expectations and surrounding hype, Kanye West’s ninth studio album, Jesus Is King, is short lived, overworked, and overall an annoyance to listen. Running at a moderate length of just over 27 minutes, Jesus Is King feels overly long; the beginning track is repetitive to the point where two minutes feels like an eternity.
Speaking of the opening track, “Every Hour” ft. the Sunday Service Choir, has no Kanye in it whatsoever. It does, however, give a foreshadowing basis of how religious the 11-track album is going to be when the choir repetitively chants in synchronized harmony, “Every Hour!”
The next track, “Saleh,” opens to an epic sound of melodious organs, percussion, and choir to only then be ruined by the lyrics of West, derailing the hype that was started. The song continues its repetitiveness, with the choir chanting, “Hallelujah,” for more than half the song. “Closed on Sundays” has one of the worst openings on the album. It starts with nice acoustic guitar, then West raps: “Closed on Sunday / You my Chick-Fil-A,” making the track more laughable than enjoyable with its unappealing dad joke.
“Everything We Need” ft. Ty Dolla $ign and Ant Clemons consists more of a hip hop than religious beat. However, the Christian theme is brought back when listening closely to the lyrics since it’s about Adam and Eve, which in hindsight just throws everything out of tune because, like the previous track, West’s voice doesn’t flow with the melody of the music.
Overall, to those who have followed Kanye West throughout his career, Jesus Is King may be worth a listen to in order to see the progression he has made over the years. But in reality, the album is just not worth the time.
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