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  • Summary: The debut full-length studio release for the Chicago rapper features guest appearances from Taylor Bennett, Francis And The Lights, Ben Gibbard, Gucci Mane, John Legend, Megan Thee Stallion, Shawn Mendes, Nicki Minaj, Smino and Justin Veron.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Jul 29, 2019
    100
    The Big Day is a rare bouquet on full display; a stunningly realized array of color, sound, and sensation that swallows the room. Any structure at risk of pop cliché finds new life through Chance, whose mastery of composition creates spins on existing musical archetypes like new synaptic grooves being carved out for the very first time.
  2. Jul 29, 2019
    90
    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. (Independent)
  3. Aug 6, 2019
    80
    TBD, on the other hand, wrangles with value-laden mindlessness in a manner that is both fun and endearing. TBD succeeds, in other words, on the merit of its recontextualisation of current trends into a project that is equal parts soapbox and sellable product.
  4. Aug 1, 2019
    68
    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. The Big Day is one neverending dad joke.
  5. Jul 31, 2019
    60
    The Big Day contains about as much tonal variation as a leather-bound wedding photo album. Chance is more interested in celebrating the miracle of love than examining love’s warts, or the labor required to build and sustain a lasting marriage.
  6. Jul 29, 2019
    60
    With 22 tracks over 80 minutes (including a few skits you’ll skip after the first listen), it’s way too long. It’s themed around Chance’s wedding to his longtime partner, Kristen Corley – a rite of passage that mirrors the “big day” of his debut album release. And like a wedding in which the priest’s sermon is getting in the way of the dinner buffet, you can really feel it drag.
  7. Jul 29, 2019
    46
    The fact that it’s 22 songs only highlights how disorganized the project is. There are some tracks that I actually like scattered throughout, but none that really compare to the best from his previous projects. His two mixtapes were also similarly eclectic, but these collaborations feel less exciting and more calculated. ... The Big Day will go down as one of the biggest disappointments in rap in recent memory, in no small part because Coloring Book was so great.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 84
  2. Negative: 37 out of 84
  1. Jul 27, 2019
    10
    just an overall slapper. chance doesn't try and do too much outside of what he already done, but thats saying a lot considering he hasjust an overall slapper. chance doesn't try and do too much outside of what he already done, but thats saying a lot considering he has expanded the genre past its limitations. his music is an artform; the type that may be seen as odd or unorthodox. but its these characteristics of his music, and more specifically this album, that allow for such an enjoyable listen.

    the "preachyness" of his music is what makes it unique. and in an era where hip-hop consists of an unhealthy amount of mumble rappers that drone on and on about the same things, that use the most basic of trap beats, and die out in less than a year (Lil Pump, Blueface, etc.) this album is both refreshing and joyful.
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  2. Jul 26, 2019
    9
    An well produced album with memoraboe bars, beats, and vocals. Though the order of songs may seem off you must remember chance was influencedAn well produced album with memoraboe bars, beats, and vocals. Though the order of songs may seem off you must remember chance was influenced by the music from his wedding, which is clearly seen once a second listening has been completed. This album leaves you wanting to hear what comes next from the artist while also leaving you nostalgic for his past projects that led him to this point in his career. Just like what a marriage makes you feel at the wedding day Expand
  3. Aug 7, 2019
    8
    This definitely not the type chance project that everyone has been accustomed to in the past... but I’m not shocked. Listen the words in “AllThis definitely not the type chance project that everyone has been accustomed to in the past... but I’m not shocked. Listen the words in “All Day Long.” This is a Chance thing to do. Sentimental about the important experiences in his life and what more sentimental than his relationship with his wife. He’s off the drugs, God fearing, and mature af. Once you get past this fact you realize this is 1000% still the same dude. Not something to bump to all the time but something to appreciate! Expand
  4. Jul 27, 2019
    4
    This album has good songs few and far between, but is mostly just a drawn out boastful album that didn't need to happen. DisappointingThis album has good songs few and far between, but is mostly just a drawn out boastful album that didn't need to happen. Disappointing considering his previous mixtapes. Expand
  5. Jul 31, 2019
    3
    Unfocused, overstuffed and undercooked record with way too many components going to make a cohesive record. From hip house to trap to 90s R&BUnfocused, overstuffed and undercooked record with way too many components going to make a cohesive record. From hip house to trap to 90s R&B chance tries it all with a heavy dose of insecure and marriage relating subject matter which can leave the listener feeling tiresome. Expand
  6. Jul 28, 2019
    1
    An absolute chore to get through, it's not apparent if this album is as long as it is to maximize streaming revenues, or because ChanceAn absolute chore to get through, it's not apparent if this album is as long as it is to maximize streaming revenues, or because Chance himself is pretentious enough to believe that you should sit through 77 minutes of this. Expand
  7. Aug 11, 2019
    0
    I don’t think a spoiler alert is even necessary, I wish I had that atrocity of an album spoiled for me. I wish that somebody told me how badI don’t think a spoiler alert is even necessary, I wish I had that atrocity of an album spoiled for me. I wish that somebody told me how bad it was so I wouldn’t have to wait AN HOUR+ of my life. It’s an objectively horrible album. The bars on this “album” were some of the worst I’ve ever heard, I mean it’s like he didn’t even try. I have yet to hear, in person, a good thing about this tragedy. I paid good money to see Chance live 3 years ago because I thought so highly of his music. Now he’s in an almost permanent time-out mode. Additionally, the sound was god awful. The concept was stupid. There was a SHAWN MENDES feature. I rest my case. Expand

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