JESUS IS KING

Kanye West - JESUS IS KING
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2019 Ratings: #743 / 757
User Score
2019 Ratings: #788
Liked by 35 people
October 25, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
G.O.O.D., Def Jam / Label
Hip Hop, Gospel / Genres
kanyewest.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
NME

'Jesus Is King' lacks his trademark goofball sense of humour, but that's partly compensated for with warmth and hope for the future.

80
The Telegraph

Jesus Is King is dazzling but too narrowly focussed to be of much interest to anyone sceptical of either West’s appeal or evangelical Christianity itself.

80
NOW Magazine

Jesus Is King provides an undeniably moving and distinct new chapter in the book of Kanye.

72
Pitchfork

Christianity is the unwavering focus of Kanye’s gospel album, a richly produced but largely flawed record about one man’s love of the Lord (and himself).

70
Northern Transmissions

At the end of the day ..., with Jesus Is King, it really depends on how much time and thought you care to share with “The Greatest Human Artist Of All Time” that will determine its eventual outcome.

70
Spectrum Culture

It’s a confounding, often disappointing, and always interesting work by somebody who continues to fuck with our expectations at every turn.

70
Clash

As a one-off, this album is a fascinating addition to the Kanye West canon.

70
musicOMH

The concept pays some dividends, with production that frequently finds a pleasant hybrid between gospel and contemporary production and subject matter that surprisingly doesn’t outstay its welcome.

70
AllMusic

Presumably reborn in Christ, Jesus Is King reframes Kanye West as a work in progress and, despite the controversies, demonstrates (as humbly as his ego will allow) that he's at least trying.

68
HipHopDX

All in all, the project is a decent affair that falls short of its potential.

66
GIGsoup

Even if this isn’t a straight gospel album, it’s disappointing that he didn’t take the spirituality to more interesting places thematically.

60
Exclaim!

It's not that Jesus is King is bad, it's that it could have been much better. Kanye's foray into gospel should have been a heavenly experience, but it's half-baked, incoherent and ultimately falls short of godly.

60
Slant Magazine

Kanye doesn’t seem to have quite figured out how to translate his spiritual awakening to his music as confidently as he has nearly every other experience in his life on previous albums.

58
Entertainment Weekly

Jesus Is King ... continues to erode the perfectionism that’s been one of his reputation’s last vestiges.

50
Rolling Stone

The scope here is narrow, a distillation that clearly brings West some measure of comfort, but it comes with a simplification of the music itself.

50
Crack Magazine

While certainly a step in the right direction after the shambolic Ye, Jesus Is King is ultimately the sound of a man hiding behind God.

50
No Ripcord

As you might imagine, the production overall is expectedly top-notch. But that's the slight upside to an otherwise tepid attempt at finding commonality with his devout followers—except that we never wanted West to come across as ordinary as the rest of us.

40
The Independent

Jesus is King feels more like a collection of well-produced skits than a full studio album, and fans will no doubt be wondering whether all the hype and stress that preceded its unveiling was worth it.

40
The Guardian

Undercooked tracks on this gospel album don’t delve deep enough into West’s spiritual enlightenment.

40
The Line of Best Fit

JESUS IS KING isn’t even as hilariously shit or infuriatingly offensive as Ye – it's one great tune and a bunch of other ideas, and it isn’t entertaining in the slightest.

40
The Needle Drop

Kanye's unstoppable egoism and lack of focus impedes his ability to do a gospel-inspired album justice.

40
American Songwriter

With this LP, he comes off concerned with fitting into an ideological mold, leaving no room for honest feelings and guided prose.

27
Paste

There’s little to defend from a musical or lyrical perspective here: This is easily Kanye’s worst album to date, an impressive feat following last year’s ye.

20
The 405

Jesus may be king, but this is still all about Kanye West, and he's never sounded more lost.

8
Consequence of Sound

Jesus Is King is impersonal, repetitive, boring, and somehow too long at just 27 minutes.

0
Tiny Mix Tapes

Jesus Is King made me miss so much about Kanye, but it also made me miss my faith, its greatest letdown that it wasn’t compelling enough for me to rekindle it.

JoaoSantos
5
Kanye West delivers his most forgettable and painfully corny album with Jesus Is King, a project that doesn't even sound finished. Every single track sounds completely rushed and the album has nothing to say, really. It's like a "The Big Day" but for God. No memorable lines expect for the outstandingly hilarious "CHICK FIL-A" and no good beats either. The way the vocals and the bass were mixed made me check if my headphones had a problem or something. The songs range from ... read more
Inglume
60
FATHER I STRETCH
STRETCH MY HANDS TO YOU

Lifelike, this what Kanye's life like?, tryna' review Yeezy right
JIK crawlin' outta nowhere like sewer mice
Album's like a church choir, but really very Kanye-like
Every single track like, Christian's holy Sunday night
I was tryna' take my time, it didn't click with me right
I was wearing red flannels thinking Kanye wasn't bright
I was tryna' ignore the whole album just like Pipe
Then I cleared my whole mind, realized this what I like
Took a big JIK ... read more
exception
67
Just reminding you sinners that rating this negatively will reserve your spot in the depths of Hell next to Moloch himself. May the power of Christ compel you.

Now, with all that said I believe that God would not approve of Kanye blue balling us for a month. However, I am more than impressed with this project. Kanye is not limiting himself to gospel music, despite what he says, but is integrating both Christian themes into his lyrics and traditional gospel instrumentation with ... read more
Doofy
4
Throughout all the years of popular music one truth has remained: if you have run dry on inspiration just add in more gospel.

Hallelujah.
okcomputer12127
12
what is going on Kanye?

Kanye West is one of the most polarizing figures of the 21st century so far, when he announced a couple weeks back that he would say that he would stop making non- secular music, that's when I started to really worry about the album. First of all, the damn title, his albums always have iconic titles like My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy or Yeezus or The College Dropout. This just sounds like a Luke Bryan or Blake Shelton album title. Let's be honest this is his 'The ... read more
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Track List

  1. Every Hour (feat. Sunday Service Choir)
  2. Selah
  3. Follow God
  4. Closed on Sunday
  5. On God
  6. Everything We Need (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Ant Clemons)
  7. Water (feat. Ant Clemons)
  8. God Is
  9. Hands On (feat. Fred Hammond)
  10. Use This Gospel (feat. Clipse & Kenny G)
  11. Jesus Is Lord
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Added on: August 29, 2019