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80
Northern Transmissions

It has been a long time coming and with Donda, Kayne West cements his reputation of being someone that you can rely on for doing something, at the very least, interesting.

80
Slant Magazine

With Donda, he’s crafted his most unforgiving self-portrait yet, one that, like the best works that plumb a person’s inner depths, winds up reflecting our collective imperfections.

70
Gigwise
Although the album could do with going on some sort of crash diet, it's a strong and fascinating addition to the Kanye discography.
70
Exclaim!

It's hard not to feel the energy that Kanye exudes on Donda. Though its creation process was an overarching performative event in itself, Ye still managed to (for the most part) control his narrative, and deliver his best body of work in recent memory.

70
The Needle Drop

Against all odds, Donda is one of the albums of all time.

62
HipHopDX

The final result is a collection of songs with little binding energy other than a vague Gospel through line, which runs across the tracklist — chaotic like The Life Of Pablo but devoid of the magic.

60
The Telegraph
As an unspooling piece of conceptual art it’s fascinating. As pop, though, it is a thoroughly mixed bag.
60
Sputnikmusic

Donda exists in the image of its creator; in other words, this shit is a mess.

60
The Sydney Morning Herald
With 27 tracks running for one hour and 48 minutes, Donda can only be a mixed blessing.
60
NME
The rapper's 10th album follows an odyssey of delays and bizarre not-quite-release parties, the result merely punctuated with moments of brilliance.
60
musicOMH
Though this isn’t a complete comeback, frustrated Kanye fans certainly have more grounds for optimism after this record than they did before it.
60
Pitchfork
Kanye’s tenth album arrives barely finished and with a lot of baggage. Its 27 tracks include euphoric highs that lack connective tissue, a data dump of songs searching for a higher calling.
60
AllMusic

The first few times through, Donda feels haunted and incomplete, yet there's a spark deep inside the songs that suggests Kanye might merely be ahead of the curve.

60
DIY
Predictably bloated and unnecessarily uneven.
50
Spectrum Culture

The daunting length of Donda presents us with the rap game equivalent of K2, where one must stand at its base and marvel, slack-jawed, over the notion that anyone might be able to reach its summit with their sanity intact.

50
The Line of Best Fit
A sleeky, self-assured and thoroughly enjoyable late-career effort hidden amongst a sprawling, fragmented 27-track mess.
50
Loud and Quiet

Donda doesn’t underwhelm, it overwhelms. It overwhelms like a new-born baby that has little concern for what you’ve experienced previously and what you have planned, forcing you to listen to its eternal screams.

50
PopMatters

The problem with Donda and its creator is that the album is not great art and Kanye is too far fallen from his lauded genius to be “bad”.

43
A.V. Club

It’s sad that West built all of this hype around a record that should have been his magnum opus. Instead, on display for everyone is his self-preoccupation, circular thinking, and disdain for anything resembling accountability.

40
Rolling Stone
West’s tenth album is an overlong mess, dotted with moments of sincerity and some spectacular music.
40
The Guardian
There is some sustained brilliance here, but unfortunately it comes from the guest stars – and at 108 minutes, this long-awaited album is in need of an edit.
0
The Independent

Donda leaves a sour taste that no number of good beats, gospel choirs or church organs will cleanse. Zero stars.

MattsReviews
80

This is why Kim divorced him, he can't finish

Edit: Damn he just finished all over me

Edit 2: Wait I didn't mean it like that

Chode
80

Exactly what JIK should have been.

Oh boy, prepare yourself, because this is a long one. ‘Donda’ is scatterbrained, flawed, nonsensical at points, but ultimately, is also an endearing exploration of every part of Kanye’s wild mind along with a beautiful tribute to his mother. The rollout itself, though, feels just as interesting as the actual music. The album was accompanied by what’s almost become the norm for Kanye in recent years: an original, short-notice ... read more

August
100

what a surprise drop by kanye
never heard about this album before

Edit:
damn NME really said
"nah this shit is worse than Justin Bieber's Justice, MGK's Tickets To My Downfall, Dominic Fike's What Could Possibly Go Wrong, DaBaby's BLAME IT ON BABY and Green Day's Father of All Motherfuckers"
they gave these 80 btw

Edit 2:
independent what the actual fuck

Edit 3:
the person in The Independent who gave donda 0, gave dummy boy 20
this person thinks dummy boy is better than ... read more

ghostlyripper
60

Not a great album from Kanye but definitely not bad. It's just by this point I'm done with the overly bloated tracklist and unfinished songs. There are highlights like Off The Grid, Come To Life, Life of the Party, etc but not much replay value for the whole record to me

80

What a trip

xtal
75

not consistant, still good

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Track List

1Donda Chant
0:52
50
2Jail
4:57
84
3God Breathed
5:33
74
4Off The Grid
5:39
89
5Hurricane
4:03
88
6Praise God
3:46
80
7Jonah
3:15
75
8Ok Ok
3:24
70
9Junya
2:27
69
10Believe What I Say
4:02
87
1124
3:17
83
12Remote Control
3:18
73
13Moon
2:36
89
14Heaven and Hell
2:25
84
15Donda
2:08
74
16Keep My Spirit Alive
3:41
79
17Jesus Lord
8:58
86
18New Again
3:03
73
19Tell The Vision
1:44
31
20Lord I Need You
2:42
75
21Pure Souls
5:58
82
22Come to Life
5:10
91
23No Child Left Behind
2:58
84
24Jail, Pt. 2
4:57
62
25Ok Ok, Pt. 2
3:24
65
26Junya, Pt. 2
3:02
66
27Jesus Lord, Pt. 2
11:30
76
Total Length: 1 hour, 48 minutes
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Added on: July 18, 2020