Life of Pablo


#1

What do we generally think of this now some time has passed?

I’m still quite dissapointed with it. Whether it’s eye rollingly crass (bleached asshole line), misogynist for the sake of it (the Taylor Swift stuff), or where he’s just blabbering about his shoes (Facts), he’s regressed loads lyrically. This isn’t all that dissimilar from what he’s done before, but he’s done so much of that before it’s just quite tiring now.

The tracks that are a little more introspective though, (e.g. Real Friends, FML) are really great. If I edit it down there’s a nine track album in there I can see myself going back to a fair bit. I would have been quite happy if this was the final thing:

Ultralight Beam
Waves
FML
Real Friends
Wolves
Frank’s Track
No More Parties in LA
Fade
Saint Pablo


#2

It’s got some decent tracks but I’ve not listened to it front-to-back since a fortnight or so after it came out. Coloring Book does what TLoP wants to do but with a lot more consistency, quality and fun


#3

It’s pretty good in places, but his weakest album to date by a long shot. I think I prefer the first half even though that often sounds like a series of sketched out tracks rather than anything totally formed. Favourite track is Waves.


#4

it’s a bit shit that he had to go and spoil it with the taylor swift lyric, but famous is an absolute banger and i love it.


#5

An album of great moments as opposed to a great (or even that good) album. Comfortably bottom of the pile (alongside Graduation) for me, very rarely listen to it.


#6

poll time! for the millionth time, what is everyone’s favourite kanye album?

  • the college dropout
  • late registration
  • graduation
  • 808’s & heartbreak
  • my beautiful dark twisted fantasy
  • yeezus
  • the life of pablo

0 voters


#7

Yeezus just pips MBDTF for me but you can’t really go wrong bar Graduation and most of Pablo.

Pablo could have been so much better with a bit more focus and had he been a bit more judicious. There’s definitely a great 10 song album in there, but that’s no excuse for the filler.

No More Parties in LA is right up there with classic Kanye


#8

Also ‘Highlights’ has really grown on me since it came out, when I thought it was one of the worst songs. The Go Pro stuff is still fucking awful.


#9

Absolutely love it. A beautiful mess of an album.


#10

Would have been significantly better if it had some quality control, you can easily sheer 6-7 tracks off it.

But even then, the best/condensed version of it isn’t at the same level as His top-tier works.

Think the thing that really gets me down about it is bar a few exceptions (ultralight beam, fade, waves & Wolves) even the good tracks are basically inferior re-runs of things that he’s mastered before


#11

It’s a complete mess (still gets my nut that he chats about 30 Hours being a bonus cut on the track, despite it falling in the middle of the album).

There’s some great moments, but few are identifiably Kanye’s. Feel like he just had a load of people make tracks for him, laid down some vocals completely off the top of his head and voila.

Kanye’s in that lofty position, like Radiohead, where even his misses will be called misunderstood classics in certain corners. But, nah… not for me.


#12

Can the Taylor Swift lyric really be that bad if he asked her about it?


#13

Neither of them come off well from that. It already seemed like she’d milked the Kanye stage invasion for what it’s worth, then she said OK to that lyric, then issued a statement saying said she hadn’t OK’d it and was outraged, then Kim released audio of her OKing it beforehand… or something.

Basically, he comes off a misogynist twit and her as a self-publicising robot.


#14

sounds about right


#15

The Chance verse on the opening track is still the best thing about it


#16

Does seem like an odd mess. Kind of seems like her agent/her label thought it was best that she decry the lyric. If I remember right Taylor Swift agreed to the gist of it but not the specifics i.e. being called a bitch. She may have expected to be more of a joke as well, but in the song it just comes across a little nasty.


#17

yeah, regardless of what she did or didn’t agree to, the bigger issue is the implication that she somehow owes him sex because he, in his mind at least, made her famous, which is rank misogyny whichever way you slice it.


#18

Think there’s a great album in there - genuinely sounds like a total classic to me, for the first 5 or so tracks.

Just too all over the place, and not enough quality control. If it was a cohesive, proper 10/12 track album, even the sketches as they are, it would be as good as any of his others. Though some good moments like 30 Hours and No More Parties couldn’t sound less like album cuts and things he should’ve just left on soundcloud.


#19

yep, quite enjoy how all over the place it is. if he properly flips his lid i wont be able to enjoy it as easily though.


#20

not very good, apart from that one where he takes a phone call in the really long extended outro, which is fucking brilliant until he takes a phone call