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  • Summary: The seven-track release from the rapper was streamed live from Wyoming and featured guest appearances from 070 Shake, DeJ Loaf, Jeremih, Kid Cudi, John Legend, Nicki Minaj, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Ty Dolla $ign, Valee and Charlie Wilson.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. Jun 6, 2018
    90
    ye really does what a self-titled album should do: it says “Hey, this is who I am.” Even at 23 minutes, it almost feels like two different albums: an aggressive, dissonant one, and an empathetic, soulful one. Yet, those aren’t the two sides of Kanye, because those things exist in him simultaneously, all the time.
  2. 75
    Despite its sometimes grating protagonist, ye is a pleasant enough way to pass half an hour. Seven tracks is long enough to develop an idea without wearing it out. The production is typically lush. Kanye has returned to the kinds of soul samples that made him famous to begin with.
  3. Jun 4, 2018
    70
    ye is by no means Kanye West’s finest moment, but it’s a reminder not to count him out just yet.
  4. 60
    While the depressive stuff is unsurprisingly disturbing--“I Thought About Killing You,” which opens Ye, evokes a school shooter’s nightmarish manifesto--West’s moments of euphoria prove no less vexing. ... This hymn-like ballad ["Violent Crimes"] built on churchy keyboards is so exquisitely rendered that, like much of Ye, it threatens to bring you over to his point of view.
  5. 58
    We got a shockingly anodyne, non-political, briefly magnificent, half-finished piece of work.
  6. Jun 5, 2018
    50
    The Life of Pablo was chaotic, insecure, yet often brilliant. Ye is more chaotic, less secure, with enough sporadic flashes of brilliance to make you hungry for much, much more. It could have been worse.
  7. Jun 5, 2018
    30
    There is nothing new to be learned from this album burdened by crudely formed raps about his already exhaustively covered life and deeply muddled politics. ... Still, the music at times almost makes it worth it.

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  1. Negative: 20 out of 136
  1. Jun 7, 2018
    10
    its uniquely kanye, something new and fresh. yet, so personal and intimate at the same time. we see a side of kanye rarely spoken about...
  2. Jun 5, 2018
    10
    Ghost Town is an opus. The fact that Kanye is smart enough to sign 070 Shake and put her on a track is proof that he hasn't lost his ear forGhost Town is an opus. The fact that Kanye is smart enough to sign 070 Shake and put her on a track is proof that he hasn't lost his ear for perfect music. People can bag on him all they want dude sold a half a millions worth of sweatshirts in 30 minutes. Kanye isn't just a musical genius he is a fashion icon. He is the closest thing this world has to a modern day Da Vinci. King of Music as far as I see it. Expand
  3. Jun 1, 2018
    10
    Much more focused than TLOP and the production is some of Kanye's very best work. From the haunting opening track to the masterfullyMuch more focused than TLOP and the production is some of Kanye's very best work. From the haunting opening track to the masterfully constructed Ghost Town, this is far and away the best album of the year thus far. He is able to say everything he needs to in the 7 tracks and is perhaps the most intimate, vulnerable Ye we have ever seen. Even more so than 808s and it works brilliantly in this case. Expand
  4. Jun 7, 2018
    9
    Great personal album that has everythin from great edgy production to personal lyrics
  5. Jun 2, 2018
    8
    No weak moment just like Pusha T's Daytona. Kanye's production and lyrics are on point throughout. Personal, thoughtful and somewhatNo weak moment just like Pusha T's Daytona. Kanye's production and lyrics are on point throughout. Personal, thoughtful and somewhat conceptual. All the features came through with amazing performances. High while all the songs are flawless, I feel like some are stronger than others. Most notably All Mine and Ghost Town. Overall, very pleasant listen. Expand
  6. Jun 4, 2018
    7
    Production is fantastic and packed with such small details and features. Very basic in terms of lyricism and mostly melodic throughout, IProduction is fantastic and packed with such small details and features. Very basic in terms of lyricism and mostly melodic throughout, I would of liked a track of two with more depth like prevoious projects and tackles the subject of mental health in a very well held manner and still holds a lot of room for relistening Expand
  7. Jun 17, 2018
    0
    man i was hoping for a great project but after having digested it you realize that this is mediocre Ye at best. It is really a shame but thatman i was hoping for a great project but after having digested it you realize that this is mediocre Ye at best. It is really a shame but that doesn't take away from the fact that All Mine and Ghost Town are cool tracks, the only ones i will ever revisit Expand

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