After possibly one of the greatest album rollouts of all time, Kanye West just released his 27-song project titled Donda, named after his late mother. He has been teasing this album for a while, and now that it’s finally out, we take a look at a few songs that stood out to us.
The beat was made by legendary Canadian producer Boi-1da, and Kanye’s melodic flow perfectly rides the marching 808 drums. Over the years, Kanye has really embraced the ‘less is more’ concept of minimalistic sounds, and this another example of that. The sweeping pad and the drums combined with Kanye’s vocals gets the job done and makes this an instant classic.
“Keep My Spirit Alive“
The drum pattern and echoey rimshot resembles Kanye’s classic song “Good Morning” from his Graduation album. It feels like it could be a sequel to that track. He also continues his trend of using minimalistic instrumentation with just a pad and drums. This song should appease the people who claim they “miss the old Kanye.”
This song opens with an uplifting organ and Roddy Rich’s vocals. When the banging 808 drums and clap come in, you can’t help but feel spiritual. Both Kanye and Roddy Rich really take us to church on this song. The song’s outro also features guest vocals from Jamaican-singer Shenseea.
It’s fair to say that Donda doesn’t quite live up the hype that surrounded it. However, it feels like listening to it on speakers or headphones doesn’t serve the album justice. When creating the album, Kanye built a recording studio inside Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta. This could give a little insight into Kanye’s creative process behind the album. It seems like his intent is for this to be heard in a large venue with live instrumentation and a full choir, much like his Sunday Service sermons. It may not be what fans expected or wanted, but overall, the album has some bright spots worth celebrating.
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