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  • Summary: The debut full-length studio release for the Chicago rapper features guest appearances from Taylor Bennett, Francis And The Lights, Ben Gibbard, Gucci Mane, John Legend, Megan Thee Stallion, Shawn Mendes, Nicki Minaj, Smino and Justin Veron.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jul 29, 2019
    100
    The Big Day is a rare bouquet on full display; a stunningly realized array of color, sound, and sensation that swallows the room. Any structure at risk of pop cliché finds new life through Chance, whose mastery of composition creates spins on existing musical archetypes like new synaptic grooves being carved out for the very first time.
  2. Jul 29, 2019
    90
    The Big Day has enough ideas, sounds and flows to justify its vast breath. What's more: it finally gives us a glimpse at Chance's multitudes, letting us accompany him to the altar and the confessional, instead of restricting him to the pulpit. (Independent)
  3. Aug 6, 2019
    80
    TBD, on the other hand, wrangles with value-laden mindlessness in a manner that is both fun and endearing. TBD succeeds, in other words, on the merit of its recontextualisation of current trends into a project that is equal parts soapbox and sellable product.
  4. Aug 1, 2019
    68
    Even with all its bright spots—sunshine and Shawn Mendes and summers that “last forever”—The Big Day still doesn’t do all that much, especially in the shadow of classics like Acid Rap and Coloring Book. The Big Day is one neverending dad joke.
  5. Jul 31, 2019
    60
    The Big Day contains about as much tonal variation as a leather-bound wedding photo album. Chance is more interested in celebrating the miracle of love than examining love’s warts, or the labor required to build and sustain a lasting marriage.
  6. Jul 29, 2019
    60
    With 22 tracks over 80 minutes (including a few skits you’ll skip after the first listen), it’s way too long. It’s themed around Chance’s wedding to his longtime partner, Kristen Corley – a rite of passage that mirrors the “big day” of his debut album release. And like a wedding in which the priest’s sermon is getting in the way of the dinner buffet, you can really feel it drag.
  7. Jul 29, 2019
    46
    The fact that it’s 22 songs only highlights how disorganized the project is. There are some tracks that I actually like scattered throughout, but none that really compare to the best from his previous projects. His two mixtapes were also similarly eclectic, but these collaborations feel less exciting and more calculated. ... The Big Day will go down as one of the biggest disappointments in rap in recent memory, in no small part because Coloring Book was so great.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 99
  2. Negative: 48 out of 99
  1. Jul 27, 2019
    10
    just an overall slapper. chance doesn't try and do too much outside of what he already done, but thats saying a lot considering he hasjust an overall slapper. chance doesn't try and do too much outside of what he already done, but thats saying a lot considering he has expanded the genre past its limitations. his music is an artform; the type that may be seen as odd or unorthodox. but its these characteristics of his music, and more specifically this album, that allow for such an enjoyable listen.

    the "preachyness" of his music is what makes it unique. and in an era where hip-hop consists of an unhealthy amount of mumble rappers that drone on and on about the same things, that use the most basic of trap beats, and die out in less than a year (Lil Pump, Blueface, etc.) this album is both refreshing and joyful.
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  2. Aug 10, 2019
    9
    Every Chance project reflects where he is at in his life and this project is no different. I think the tracklist as well as a few unorthodoxEvery Chance project reflects where he is at in his life and this project is no different. I think the tracklist as well as a few unorthodox genre placements have activated the collective internet's negative hivemind, but if we're being honest, this album is sonically more appealing across the board than colouring book, Infact id put only Acid Rap ahead of 10 day. Chance has evolved as an artist and unfortunately his fanbase has not but there is no denying that there is something for everyone on this sprawling masterpiece in which chano has invited us to be a part of. Expand
  3. Aug 3, 2019
    8
    Not without its kinks; How Shower is more silly than terrible, but it is also completely out of place - an afterthought-worthy song plugged inNot without its kinks; How Shower is more silly than terrible, but it is also completely out of place - an afterthought-worthy song plugged in after a strong front trio to open the album. Nonetheless, Chance clearly still has a mind for clever-to-charmingly cheesy bars. The depth of previous releases is a bit absent, but it’s still a quality release at its core. Expand
  4. Jul 2, 2020
    4
    Coming off of 2 brilliant releases, Chance drops a dud. Overfilled with tracks, features, and at times extremely corny lyricism, this albumComing off of 2 brilliant releases, Chance drops a dud. Overfilled with tracks, features, and at times extremely corny lyricism, this album does nearly nothing for the listener. Chance really had something to say in his previous 2 projects, in this one it seems he would rather have a popular TikTok dance craze.
    Best Tracks: zzzzzzzzzz
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  5. Jul 28, 2019
    3
    Very Disappointing debut album. Seems to have gone and try to fit in with trends, like songs Hot shower. No song stands out and all seem to beVery Disappointing debut album. Seems to have gone and try to fit in with trends, like songs Hot shower. No song stands out and all seem to be unmemorable. Expand
  6. Jul 28, 2019
    1
    An absolute chore to get through, it's not apparent if this album is as long as it is to maximize streaming revenues, or because ChanceAn absolute chore to get through, it's not apparent if this album is as long as it is to maximize streaming revenues, or because Chance himself is pretentious enough to believe that you should sit through 77 minutes of this. Expand
  7. Aug 26, 2019
    0
    One of the worst albums I have ever heard. It took everything in me to even finish the record. Not sure what happened. Was his music alwaysOne of the worst albums I have ever heard. It took everything in me to even finish the record. Not sure what happened. Was his music always bad? Or was I just young and dumb with his previous projects? Save yourself some time and skip over this album. Not worth a listen. Expand

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