Kaya 959 Entertainment Reporter
Kanye finally released DONDA on Sunday, 29 August.
Since the reported release date of 24 July, the release date of DONDA was delayed more than once.
After three listening events fans finally received what they were waiting for on Sunday.
The result is a 27 track album with mixed reviews.
The Hollywood Reporter, The Daily Telegraph and NME each offer a few harsh words about the album.
“It’s hard to imagine what this record is supposed to be the soundtrack for. It’s not a party record. It doesn’t invite introspection. It’s not spiritual outside of literal references. It’s not really a radio record […] It’s disposable and forgettable, like so much of culture spat down to us during COVID,” Jonny Coleman from the Hollywood Reporter.
“Close to unassailable … besides those last four completely superfluous remixes,” Chris Willman from Variety.
Rhian Daly from NME described the album as a product that “perfectly encapsulates the man himself: ego-driven, brilliant, and utterly exhausting.”
Fans responded with mix reviews as well.
Some praised the album while others described it as average.
On a positive note DONDA did set a new record on Apple music with at least 60 million streams during its first 24 hours.