A lot of feelings getting hurt in here on both sides
Is it a great album? I don't think so. Some of the songs have definitely grown on me though. I know one guy in here was wildin out with the "you need to listen to it 13 times in a gondola in the canals of Venice or else you can't appreciate it" but to be honest there is something to be said for growing to appreciate or enjoy things over time. There are COUNTLESS songs/artists who my friends or parents listened to that I couldn't stand or wasn't feeling the first few times I heard them, and years later they are some of my favorite songs. Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, even Andrea Bocelli and Yanni. I used to hate onions and green peppers, now I put them on everything. Point being, you don't have to like something on first listen "(or maybe On Sight, *rimshot*) or you'll never like it at all. That doesn't mean everyone should force themselves to spin it til they like it, but just because the album grows on you doesn't make you a stan.
While I think its less enjoyable of a listen than anything besides 808's I've still been listening to the songs I like. I Am a God is a dope song to workout to, and running late last night to the swirling guitars in Hold My Liquor was
Its not the most listenable record and I dont think anyone's crazy for hating it, but its still got some redeeming value to me. Ultimately I would have been a lot happier of he made a record full of songs like White Dress, Eyes Closed etc (which shows he can still make great songs on that vein if he wanted) but I'm not gonna dismiss the whole record just cus he didn't give me what I wanted.