Rapping narcissist Kanye West has rolled out his seventh studio album ‘The Life Of Pablo’. Or has he? For the most part, the release of West’s new album has been as much of a confusing mess as the album itself is. At this current stage, ‘The Life Of Pablo’ is a mish-mesh of different ideas and concepts all coming together as though splattered onto the same page with the same brush, with no real concern for what the final result is. Regardless of West’s real-life persona, it’s hard to deny the talent West has when it comes to constructing music, though it seems even ‘The Life Of Pablo’ is lost on him as well.
What even is ‘The Life Of Pablo’? At the moment it feels more like a hastily put together mosaic of hip-hop ambiance. There’s some strong and enjoyable songs present on the album, showcasing the enjoyable talents West has displayed on some of his previous works. Some songs seem to have that little edge, making them as enjoyable, as well as a few little comical numbers that perhaps showcase West as an artist trying to have a laugh at his own self. Whether or not this is a sincere gesture on his part, or perhaps just another narcissistic element to his music is anybody’s guess, but they’re certainly fun little moments on the album.
‘The Life Of Pablo’ seems to work well as a whole album package. Seems being the operative word as it’s hard to discern whether or not everything is working well on ‘The Life Of Pablo’ or not. Glaring errors and problems seem to arise to the surface upon listening, showcasing this work as a bloated album experience where nothing has been refined enough, seeming far too choppy and scrappy. There’s a fair few tracks that seem to have no lasting impact upon hearing, as well as what comes across as boring instrumentals that accompany rather weak rap performances from West. There’s definitely a flow to the album, though it’s not a journey that seems to really inspire throughout.
It seems unsure of what Kanye West is trying to express on ‘The Life Of Pablo’. The makings of a strong and enjoyable album all seem to be present on what’s been released thus far (whether this is the final version of the album or not is anybody’s guess). At the moment, what we have is just a weird amalgamation of various recording sessions with no real effort made to structure it all together into something cohesive and understandable. This is perhaps one of West’s most polarizing albums, which could perhaps be the point he’s trying to make. It doesn’t change the fact that there’s a lot of weaknesses to this album that are simply too obvious to ignore.
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Kanye West’s seventh studio album ‘The Life of Pablo’ is out now. Or not. I don’t really know.