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The musical trilogy that Beyonce and Jay-Z (aka The Carters) have gifted us with has apparently ended with their most recent joint album which dropped on Saturday called Everything is Love. This series started back in 2016 with Beyonce’s highly-successful Lemonade, in which she talked about her husband’s infidelity. It then continued with Jay-Z’s own album called 4:44, which he released last summer and in which he reveals his side of the story. One thing is clear. This long-anticipated joint album coming from the music industry’s most powerful couple speaks of love, redemption, equality, forgiveness and marriage.
It’s very interesting that the album is credited as “The Carters”, which could mean that the two also refer to their children, who get numerous mentions throughout the album. Between some tracks, their eldest Blue Ivy shouts out to her younger siblings, twins Rumi and Sir. In fact, the concept of familial parity is present throughout the entire album. The twins are part of the album’s visuals, the first video off the album, Apeshit, and even of the vocals. But still, is Everything is Love a good album overall?
Beyonce and Jay-Z drop album as The Carters
According to industry experts, Everything is Love is a qualitative album overall, but not the best one from either Bey or Jay-Z. It’s no secret that both of them, as artists, have very high standards. This means that both melodically and lyrically, the album doesn’t disappoint. They collaborated with both familiar names, like Pharrell, and newcomers, like Vory.
And if Jay-Z’s rapping is an already-established standard, Beyonce tries a lot of new things on this album. She raps a lot more than ever before, and even singing with autotune to alter her voice and offer a different vibe to certain songs. All in all, there are a lot of styles on this album which will certainly please a wide range of people and tastes. However, this doesn’t make it one of the best albums of all time.
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