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  • Summary: After several album name changes (So Help Me God, SWISH, Waves, and T.L.O.P.), the seventh studio release for the rapper finally was set with guest appearances from Vic Mensa, Post Malone, Sia and Ty Dolla $ign.
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Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1
You're the only power You're the only power that can You're the only power You're the only power that can, ohhhh Ohhhh, ohhhh, ohhhh, ohhhh If young... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Feb 16, 2016
    100
    Even when West’s going in uncomfortable directions, his music feels alive.
  2. Feb 15, 2016
    90
    A madcap sense of humor animates all his best work, and The Life of Pablo has a freewheeling energy that is infectious and unique to his discography. Somehow, it comes off as both his most labored-over and unfinished album, full of asterisks and corrections and footnotes.
  3. Feb 17, 2016
    84
    It’s this unholy amalgam of anger and swagger and self-loathing and--above all--love, all served over some of the best production work the man has ever done.
  4. Feb 14, 2016
    80
    [He] has perfected the art of aesthetic and intellectual bricolage, shape-shifting in real time and counting on listeners to keep up. More than on any of his previous albums, "Pablo" reflects that rambling, fearsome energy. This is Tumblr-as-album, the piecing together of divergent fragments to make a cohesive whole.
  5. Feb 18, 2016
    70
    The other way to look at the erratic Pablo is as an "instant" LP, one that was mastered at the last minute and debuted via streaming. On that count, it's a fascinating, magazine-like experience with plenty of reasons to give it a free play, and with "Feedback" adding "name one genius that ain't crazy" to the mix, Pablo excuses itself from the usual criticisms, although it could have been tighter.
  6. Q Magazine
    Mar 16, 2016
    60
    Despite the embarrassment of riches, though, there's also a lot of plain old embarrassment. [May 2016, p.110]
  7. Feb 15, 2016
    50
    Sounds like a work in progress rather than a finished album.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 32 out of 344
  1. Feb 16, 2016
    10
    Great opening track. Some questionable lyrics here and there but that's Kanye and we love him for that. Genius in every sense of the word. Mr.Great opening track. Some questionable lyrics here and there but that's Kanye and we love him for that. Genius in every sense of the word. Mr. West does it once again 7 in a row. Expand
  2. Feb 16, 2016
    10
    This album truly is nothing short of a classic!!! He gives you something from each album (especially last 3.. Yeezus, MBDTF, and 808) ..... ItThis album truly is nothing short of a classic!!! He gives you something from each album (especially last 3.. Yeezus, MBDTF, and 808) ..... It gets better each listen!!! For me, it's top 3 of his catalog but I want to sit on the album a few more months to see if it still moves me the same, to move it up on his best albums list... Sonically, there will be no better album this year!! Expand
  3. Feb 12, 2016
    10
    Best album of his since 2010s Twisted Fantasy. The chase for new sounds, experiments new borders to cross as producer and rapper. It's a gem.Best album of his since 2010s Twisted Fantasy. The chase for new sounds, experiments new borders to cross as producer and rapper. It's a gem. The collabs are crazy. Expand
  4. Feb 16, 2016
    9
    For me it´s a clear 8.5 from Kanye, so I´m giving him 9. It could be better without 3/4 songs that are on the album, the idea is beautiful,For me it´s a clear 8.5 from Kanye, so I´m giving him 9. It could be better without 3/4 songs that are on the album, the idea is beautiful, but album is not that consistent as MBDTF is. Still a great album from Kanye. Expand
  5. Feb 15, 2016
    8
    the production is consistently thrilling and entrancing. However, his rapping has been better in the past. The production alone makes thisthe production is consistently thrilling and entrancing. However, his rapping has been better in the past. The production alone makes this album must-listen though. The featured guests did a fantastic as well. Expand
  6. Jun 16, 2017
    7
    his best album yet and most raw and intelligent. However a few slips in production may have made this album just a little better

    Best
    his best album yet and most raw and intelligent. However a few slips in production may have made this album just a little better

    Best Song(s):
    Waves
    FML
    Wolves
    Famous
    Ultralight Beam

    Worst Song(s):
    Saint Pablo
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  7. Apr 9, 2016
    0
    'TLOP' is everything that is wrong with the current 'fast food' style of pop music of the present. It's a heartless, soulless effort designed'TLOP' is everything that is wrong with the current 'fast food' style of pop music of the present. It's a heartless, soulless effort designed to trick the masses into thinking it's much better than it actually is. Kanye is a product and nothing more; Not an artist, not a genius, and not even worth my time to finish this senten Expand

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