Kanye West - Donda
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2021 Ratings: #520 / 530
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2021 Ratings: #97
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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.

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.

70
The Needle Drop

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

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.

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
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
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
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
DIY
Predictably bloated and unnecessarily uneven.
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
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.
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”.

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

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.

Chode
80
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MattsReviews
70
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
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
PipePanic
63
Like me carefully holding a carton of eggs, it ain't gonna drop.

EDIT: Well I guess it's time to cook some eggs.

EDIT 2: The fuck kind of eggs are these? I like these eggs but like...what?

(BTW I'll give this record a formal review when there is a copy of the album that both Ye and the label has signed off on as the official version. Hope everyone is enjoying this version!...

And then I'll eat the fucking hat)
ConcreteCastles
NR
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Track List

1Donda Chant
0:52
48
2Jail
4:57
83
3God Breathed
5:33
75
4Off The Grid
5:39
87
5Hurricane
4:03
87
6Praise God
3:46
79
7Jonah
3:15
76
8Ok Ok
3:24
71
9Junya
2:27
71
10Believe What I Say
4:02
87
1124
3:17
82
12Remote Control
3:18
75
13Moon
2:36
88
14Heaven and Hell
2:25
83
15Donda
2:08
75
16Keep My Spirit Alive
3:41
79
17Jesus Lord
8:58
87
18New Again
3:03
74
19Tell The Vision
1:44
34
20Lord I Need You
2:42
78
21Pure Souls
5:58
82
22Come to Life
5:10
90
23No Child Left Behind
2:58
84
24Jail, Pt. 2
4:57
63
25Ok Ok, Pt. 2
3:24
67
26Junya, Pt. 2
3:02
70
27Jesus Lord, Pt. 2
11:30
79
Total Length: 1 hour, 48 minutes
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Added on: July 18, 2020