Sunday, May 19, 2024

(Listen) Kanye West’s “Jesus is Coming” is Here, With Kenny G, and Chick-Fil-A, and It Was Worth Waiting For After All


Here it is…”Jesus is Coming.” After weeks of delays and then an overnight of delays. And I ‘ve got to say I’m pleasantly surprised. Kanye is not a singer, musician, or preacher. But when he’s in the zone, he’s an excellent producer and impresario. I’m not particularly interested in modern Christian gospel but Kanye has managed to mix and arrange a kind of gospel scrapbook.

Ye’s also very talented at finding samples, and there are plenty in “Jesus is Coming.” They fit together like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. So the late great James Cleveland has been repurposed for a new version of his own “God Is.” Yoko Ono finds her way into “Water.” An old record called “Can You Lose By Following God” by Whole Truth is the foundation of “Follow God.” And “Use This Gospel” features Kenny G, of all people, perfectly deployed. For what it is, “Jesus is King” should get an A. Plus we get this terrific singer, Ant Clemons.

But why is Chick-Fil-A plugged so much? Even if it is tongue in cheek. No curse words, either. So “Jesus is Coming” at least can be played without flinching.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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