DONDA Review

Donda is Eh


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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – JULY 22: Kanye West is seen at ‘DONDA by Kanye West’ listening event at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on July 22, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Universal Music Group)

Gabe Tartaglia

Before the Kanye fans get mad that I’m not praising Donda as the greatest album ever and say I don’t know what real music is, I’m not saying it’s terrible, the album is just meh. 

In my initial listen, no songs really stuck out to me, as many of them were definitely skips with their boring and or plain sound. I also found it hard to finish listening to the album in one sitting as.  It is almost two hours long and the last few songs were just part two of songs from earlier on the album. In my first listen, there was one song that really didn’t fit, “Tell The Vision” with Pop Smoke. It seemed more like his song than Kanye’s and didn’t really sound finished.

However, on my second listen, when I had recovered from the lengthiness of my first listen through , two songs really stuck out to me. The two songs were “Hurricane” featuring Lil Baby and The Weekend and “Off The Grid” featuring Fivio Forign and Playboi Carti both stuck out to me  because of how good all of the features are. I know these are the two most popular songs, but it is for a good reason. They really are the only two songs that I felt like I had to add to my playlist. 

Overall, the album wasn’t horrible and it wasn’t good. It was as I said, meh. And was mostly carried by features leading me to my overall rating of a 8/10 for the features, which was generous in comparison to the actual rating of  a 5.6/10 the whole album earned.