Wednesday 18th, July 2018 / 20:00
By Tory Rosso

G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings 

Having crafted numerous hits over the last decade, 41-year-old Kanye West’s newest album lands on polarizing themes. With a cover that reads “I hate being bipolar, it’s awesome,” ye encompasses dark topics and explores subject matter centering on mental health issues. The first track on the album,“I Thought About Killing You,” sees West narrating the contemplation of murder and suicide while reflecting on the most euphoric and depressing feelings of human behaviour. An introspective record, ye does not concern itself with creating hits, but rather seeks to elicit emotion and self-reflection. Clocking in at 23-minutes long, this is the shortest Kanye West album to date — falling at about half the length of 2013’s Yeezus. His production style appears ever-evolving, but a couple tracks stand out (“No Mistakes” and “Ghost Town”) to capture West’s classic use of old soul/funk samples. It proves to be refreshing in a climate dominated by trap and mumble rap. While ye may not be West’s release with the most grandeur, it is brutally honest, sincere and stands on its own.

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