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90
Tiny Mix Tapes
Even at 23 minutes, it almost feels like two different albums: an aggressive, dissonant one, and an empathetic, soulful one.
80
The Irish Times
While the troubled megastar is tender, warm and devoid of ego, the old Kanye hasn’t completely left us.
80
The Arts Desk
Suicidal ideation, greed, marital strife and paternal sexual obsessions as entertainment: just another day chez West.
80
The Needle Drop

Ye paints a vivid picture of Kanye's current state of self and, for as brief as it is, succeeds as an intimate exploration of family and mental health.

80
The Telegraph

Whatever you think of his politics, his songwriting, sample-hunting and beat-making remain dynamic, surprising and ballsy.

80
HipHopDX

ye merely excels in surface-scratching instead of the transcendent territories that spawned the Kanye everyone loved. Sometimes less does not equate to more.

80
The Guardian

Substantially more focused than its predecessor, it packs a lot into 23 minutes. It is bold, risky, infuriating, compelling and a little exhausting: a vivid reflection of its author.

79
GIGsoup
Although ‘ye’ probably will never sit in the upper echelons of Kanye West’s musical legacy, it is by no means a project that is at the bottom of the pile either, an impressive feat in only a month.
75
A.V. Club

Kanye can’t convey his obsessions—drugs, death, sex, fame—with the eloquence of, say, Danny Brown. But he can still create thunderous blasts of sound on par with anyone on the planet, and Ye’s best moments are reminders of that. It’s a prismatic album, reflecting its creator’s entire body of work.

75
Consequence of Sound

He’s been pushing the envelope for most of his career, but on ye, he’s consolidating old skills, not testing out new ones. The lack of wow-factor, combined with the short length, makes the album feel somewhat slight.

75
Northern Transmissions

After a year full of controversy for West, he leads his album by addressing many of his statements while delivering his typically hilarious and thoughtful lyricism. Where the album often falls flat however is in the inconsistent backing tracks, that can feel like filler for Kanye’s vocals at their most bland.

71
Pitchfork
It is an album born from chaos for chaos’ sake, an album that can barely be bothered to refer to that chaos with anything more committal than a Kanye shrug.
70
Drowned in Sound

Right in the middle of the furore, ye sallies forth, Kanye’s eighth, deeply egotistical, candidly self-aware, frequently cringe-inducing, captivatingly produced and infuriatingly compelling record.

70
The Sydney Morning Herald
At seven tracks and 23 minutes the record is concise. It's also beholden to his family only and intimately genuine. Even in recovery Kanye West holds nothing back.
70
Highsnobiety

ye might not be the classic that we needed, and he needed more than ever; but Kanye is revealing enough to have us appreciate the insight and bop our heads along the way.

70
Clash
‘ye’ is by no means Kanye West’s finest moment, but it’s a reminder not to count him out just yet.
70
PopMatters

Although not a masterpiece like My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, ye shares an abbreviated, yet complete look at Kanye, both the highs and the lows.

70
Exclaim!

If West had better delved into his emotional and psychological turmoil in Ye's lyrics, instead of getting bogged down with click-baity asides, then this LP would've been a classic. Let's hope this soul gets the help he needs, so that he can give us a better glimpse into his psyche on his next LP.

67
Pretty Much Amazing
Now more than ever, Kanye West needed to deliver a bombastic fireworks display. Instead, he’s arrived, amidst a storm of controversy, waving sparklers.
60
XXL

While the seven-song brevity of Pusha-T’s Daytona enhanced its potency, the similar play length hinders Ye: an album this short would have to economize time to cover a lot of ground, and Kanye lacks the precision to deliver.

60
NOW Magazine

As he struggles to find his footing in a strange new world, there is still merit in a work like Ye if you can somehow look past the self-destructive celebrity behind it.

60
NME
Nobody can deny this mini album flirts with brilliance, and feels like a pop cultural moment straight out the gate; we just wish there was a little more to it.
60
The Observer
Over a brief seven tracks, the 40-year-old superstar confirms his production prowess, veering between sparse, hyper-modern styles and compositions which hark back to the soulful bent of the producer-turned-rapper’s early career; a volatile mix of the sweet and the acrid, the sentimental and the tendentious.
58
Entertainment Weekly
In the end, this album is about one person and one person only.
55
The 405

While some fans have been quick to shriek “terrible!” and the like, West risked his inner world in a bi-polar story. Equally misguided will be the claims of brilliance: whether rushed or bare by intent, Ye suffers from an abundance of ideas and a lack of follow through.

50
musicOMH
His verses mostly feel redundant, hastily thrown together to validate the presence of these songs on his project, and while the album has been described as introspective this very brief release only allows for skindeep thoughts on any one topic. The Kanye West show has already rolled on, but some of the magic of yesteryear has been left behind.
50
AllMusic

Ye can feel uneven, sometimes boring, and more indulgent than usual, but it's a fascinating peek into West's psyche.

50
FLOOD Magazine

A hollow document and a dumb spectacle, ye is the work of an artist who’s maybe been bargaining with no one but himself this whole time.

50
The Line of Best Fit
The Kanye West we loved is gone. This man is a caricature. A copy of a copy. A meme.
50
Rolling Stone
It could have been worse. But who thought that would ever be a standard Kanye West would settle for?
48
Sputnikmusic

Maybe Kanye West exorcised all his demons onto the tape for ye, and that's great for the guy, but at the end of the day it's as hollow as a rich rapper telling you to love everyone over twitter, and the guts he's spilling still stink.

40
The Independent

Perhaps if Kanye had simply called ye an EP or a mixtape it would have been passable, a fun little project, but as a 'studio album' it feels like a pointless exercise.

40
Crack Magazine
If there are levels to this shit, some secret series of redemptive insider nods and brainy puzzles worth solving, West’s stans can keep them to themselves to nibble on like so much mousetrap cheese. For the rest of us, a millionaire’s stream-of-consciousness string of mental disorder admissions and rehashed rap lechery doesn’t suit West’s maturing genius.
40
The Young Folks

On ye, it feels like Kanye could’ve made this album in his sleep.

40
Albumism

Technically, ye is fine. Tracks are catchy and have slick production. In typical Kanye fashion, samples come from inspired deep cuts, far-ranging influences that miraculously fit together when assembled by West. But in 2018, most people don’t have Kim Kardashian-level patience for delusions of grandeur and denial of any social responsibility.

40
Slant Magazine

Unlike Pusha's Daytona, which is all muscle and sinew, Ye feels like a mix of the weakest moments from The Life of Pablo. For the first time in his career, Kanye hasn't saved the best beats for himself. He hasn't even saved the best verses for himself. In many cases, it's debatable if what he did save qualifies as “verses” at all.

30
No Ripcord

ye isn’t just an album that makes you question why it was made, it makes you question the entire concept of albums as an artform.

92

TLDR: AOTY. Kanye's done it again. Not as good as MBDTF or LR, better than 808s & Yeezus. Sweet, very personal project with impeccable production, the tightest lyrical performance since MBDTF and a couple of bangers. Couple of dad jokes too but they're funny & charismatic.

Best Advice? Ignore the reviews. It's a short album, give it 3 or 4 listens and make your own mind up. People are too emotional to be objective. Don't poison the well, think for yourself. I think you'll probably ... read more

ThePurpleIdiot
91

AND NOTHING HURTS ANYMORE, I FEEL KINDA FREE!!!

Ahh, What is there to say about Kanye West? Well… too much to say, good and bad, but let’s not talk about that right now. During 2018, Kanye West was in a very creative mindful state but also in a depressing condition of mental health, which would combine together to create this lovely album. Throughout the course of 2018, Kanye West would be producing and helping record five different albums all by separate artists in his ranch in ... read more

Chode
80

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The most beautiful thoughts are always besides the darkest.

Kanye’s self-titled album and, in my opinion, one of his most underrated- ‘ye’. ‘ye’ is just about as personal as a self-titled album should be. Just like Kanye did for the creation process of MBDTF, he went into self-imposed isolation. This time, however, Ye went to Wyoming. This isolation was ... read more

driftdetector27
70

For 7 tracks, it's pretty good! It's one of ye's most personal and emotional albums, detailing him trying to figure out his bipolar disorder. The opener "I Thought About Killing You" is one of ye's best openers ever. I just love that song. "All Mine" doesn't seem like a fan favorite but to me I didn't think it was that bad. Maybe the production wasn't the best on that song though. "Ghost Town" is an AMAZING song and I love the rock influences and the Ye verse is ... read more

Dayneesh
95

this album is an absolute emotional rollercoaster of an album. This is my personal favourite kanye west album. Kanye is honest and vulnerable in this album, he explains his fear, appreciation and forgiveness to his close and beloved ones in this album which makes this album feel relatable and emotional for his listeners. An absolute overhated album and it's a must listen to everyone who's having a tough time. A gem of an album

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Track List

1I Thought About Killing You
4:34
83
2Yikes
3:08
84
3All Mine
2:25
74
4Wouldn't Leave
3:25
79
5No Mistakes
2:03
84
6Ghost Town
4:31
96
7Violent Crimes
3:35
93
Total Length: 23 minutes
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Added on: May 30, 2018