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The Big Day

Chance The Rapper

The Big Day

First self-released full-length album from the Chicago rapper

ADM rating[?]

6.8

Label
Self-released
UK Release date
26/07/2019
US Release date
26/07/2019
  1. 10.0 |   A.V. Club

    By any measure, The Big Day is a watershed moment—not just because Chance has so adeptly turned an industry on its head, but because it’s the zenith of an entire career spent demonstrating that when Chance raps, he raps from the heart
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  2. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    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
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  3. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Elements of dance, gospel and soul are visible across the record, belying a lightness and effortlessness that compliment the rapper’s delivery
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  4. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The Grammy-winning darling of the US rap scene finally releases his debut album: a candid, cutesy concept album based around his wedding
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  5. 8.0 |   All Music

    Occasional nearsighted lyrical perspectives and three or four excellent but inessential tracks keep The Big Day from quite reaching masterpiece status, but it's still the most grown up (and the most polished) rendering of Chance's eternally bright spirit in his catalog
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  6. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Not quite a classic, it’s nonetheless a welcome statement from one of the decade’s most important hip-hop artists
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  7. 7.4 |   Gig Soup

    The sprawling 77 minutes is the canvas he spills this all on, for better or for worse. It’s inconsistent and far from the perfection Chance probably has in him, and which the world somewhat unfairly expected from a first album
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  8. 6.9 |   Pitchfork

    Chance’s sprawling, 77-minute “debut” is an exuberant and often wonderful celebration of love and family that struggles to bring depth to his newlywed dad-raps
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  9. 6.8 |   Paste Magazine

    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
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  10. 6.5 |   Northern Transmission

    As a casual observer wanting to check out what the fuss is about you may be left a bit wondering what the big deal is but will definitely find some enjoyment along the way
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  11. 6.0 |   NME

    Stuffed with superfluous features, the Chicago rapper's 22-track debut studio album sags somewhat, but is almost saved by his infectiously optimistic outlook
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  12. 6.0 |   NOW

    It’s Chance’s big day, but Nicki makes the most memorable speech
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  13. 6.0 |   Clash

    There are strong highlights across the set, despite this, the failure to be concise forms part of the force's biggest downfalls
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  14. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Some of the album’s most memorable moments occur when he steps outside of his nuclear family circle
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  15. 6.0 |   The Independent

    The Big Day is like a lot of weddings: too long and occasionally a little dull – with one or two unforgettable moments
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  16. 5.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    In addition to the album’s subjects being alienating, it also just ends up feeling resoundingly empty
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  17. 4.8 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    It's not 22 tracks of straight garbage, but the idea that Chance had three very viable debut album candidates but chose this as his big day would be funny if it wasn't so deeply frustrating
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  18. 4.8 |   Earbuddy

    I think this album would have landed better with audiences if Chance took the time to chop out some songs and rearrange the tracklisting. Also, the skits are horrendous
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