• Record Label: N/A
  • Release Date: Dec 25, 2019
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
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  1. ‘Jesus Is Born’ serves as a gateway into gospel and a fittingly festive listen for this time of year. Praise be.
  2. Jan 8, 2020
    74
    There is very little club to be found on Jesus Is Born—it is a pure gospel album. One of the most radical elements of the album is what’s absent: Kanye’s voice. Instead, he’s assembled a massive choir to channel his Christian message in a joyous, all-consuming wave of sound.
  3. Jan 6, 2020
    70
    Regardless of your level of faith or denomination, the 19-track album is accessible enough from a craft and sanctified standpoint. Whether it's for interpolations of Kanye tracks like "Fade," with "Follow Me – Faith" — itself a gospelized riff off the classic house track by Aly-Us — or for a new take on "Ultralight Beam," off 2016's The Life of Pablo, there's a lot here to vibe off of.
  4. Jan 2, 2020
    70
    Jesus Is Born - as a stand-alone album - is pretty neat.
  5. Jan 2, 2020
    60
    A pretty well-executed genre album. Just don’t compare it to the rest of his mighty oeuvre. Should Kanye’s interest in gospel music prove temporary, this is likely to be remembered as an oddity rather than a baptism.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
  1. Jan 5, 2020
    7
    Pretty sweet pure gospel record. I think people are forgetting that this is not exactly a Kanye album, more of a choral album from his choir.
  2. Jan 4, 2020
    9
    The album has a lot of emotion and it's a great piece of gospel music, great for beginners.
  3. Jan 4, 2020
    8
    Great album, gospel production is awesome on here. Just suffers from being too lengthy and a lack of vocals from West, with those additions IGreat album, gospel production is awesome on here. Just suffers from being too lengthy and a lack of vocals from West, with those additions I may very well give this a 10!!! Full Review »