19 Songs, 1 Hour 23 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With the release of Jesus Is King, Kanye West emerged reborn, having found new creative inspiration and more personal fulfillment. Presented two months later on Christmas Day as a companion album to that Christian rap career-pivot piece, Jesus Is Born shifts the attention away from himself and instead shines the spotlight on the choir that featured both on that prior album and in his Sunday Service live events. A far cry from the sacrilegious bars of Yeezus, this nearly 90-minute vocal and piano set from the Los Angeles-based group seeks to bring home the African American gospel church experience that has informed the rapper’s pop-up revivals. As those who’ve attended these events would attest, the song selections can surprise—and here they do so with reimaginings of West’s oeuvre like “Ultralight Beam” and clever interpolations of R&B favorites like the Ginuwine-derived rework “Souls Anchored.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

With the release of Jesus Is King, Kanye West emerged reborn, having found new creative inspiration and more personal fulfillment. Presented two months later on Christmas Day as a companion album to that Christian rap career-pivot piece, Jesus Is Born shifts the attention away from himself and instead shines the spotlight on the choir that featured both on that prior album and in his Sunday Service live events. A far cry from the sacrilegious bars of Yeezus, this nearly 90-minute vocal and piano set from the Los Angeles-based group seeks to bring home the African American gospel church experience that has informed the rapper’s pop-up revivals. As those who’ve attended these events would attest, the song selections can surprise—and here they do so with reimaginings of West’s oeuvre like “Ultralight Beam” and clever interpolations of R&B favorites like the Ginuwine-derived rework “Souls Anchored.”

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Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
339 Ratings

339 Ratings

jamesbondjr. ,

I Miss The Old Kanye

This is trash.

Digger00 ,

Huh?

Ya’ll are high. This is bad.

Buffalo ,

Why Doesn’t Jason (Choir Director) Shut Up?

I often watch the Sunday Service performances online and the SSC (Sunday Service Collective) is amazing. It is also important to note that so are the musicians.

Three main issues with this album:

1. I wish these songs had been recorded in a studio; enhancing the quality and sound of the vocals. The choir sounds far away, almost like they did not have enough mics or did not properly insulate the singing area.

2. Why is Jason’s voice (choir director) in almost every song? Why isn’t the choir allowed to simply sing without his vocal intrusions? In that way, he made the vocals all about him. It’s infuriating. I would use Garage Band to cut him out, but his “talky talky” voice in all over the place. I wish they could re-do this without him saying one word!

3. Where are the same musicians that perform during the Sunday Service performances? I hear piano and an organ. I may not purchase this album because of the Jason issue, but having the full band on this album would have been amazing.