Beyonce has made a career with surprise album releases, which are still a shock because no hints arrive prior. This time, she’s bringing her husband Jay-Z along since Everything Is Love dropped over the past weekend while the couple was performing on their current tour, On The Run. The pair didn’t release their new work under either name, but instead as The Carters, which was exclusively on Tidal in the beginning. As the weekend passed, music lovers were able to find the album on Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play, which is how I was able to write a review of their joint efforts in both music and shock.
Once I finally tracked down Everything is Love, I listened to the whole thing right away, even Tweeting my reactions as the album played through. Beyonce and Jay-Z, or the Carters, have come full circle with this new venture into both their careers and marriage. Jay-Z and Beyonce have both released albums surrounding the details of the marriage, including the struggles that go along with being a husband or wife, but this is their proclamation of being past all of it. Look at my breakdown of most of the album.
"SUMMER" - The album begins with a light track about making love in the summertime. It’s the new "Drunk in Love" but better. Beyonce showcases her classic vocals over a slick beat before Jay-Z enters for the rap.
"APESHIT" - Everything Is Love sails on to the second song which changes direction dramatically from the first. "Apeshit" is wild, fun, and filled with hooks and melodies guaranteed to stay with you long after the listen is over.
"BOSS" - On this one, Beyonce sends us back to "Sorry" from Lemonade. She and Jay-Z are owning everything in their path on this beat while entertaining us and having fun. Each song moves to a different vibe, with no consistency, but like their last few albums, there’s a story.
"NICE" - The sound on this one isn’t as fun as the others but the lyrics are filled with sass, and you’ll be singing along in no time.
"713" - Think of "7/11" turned up to 11. This song is fun bringing the energy back up after the previous track.
"FRIENDS" - Another slower jam but with a hypnotic sound that hooks you. This is an ode to those who are real with you, not the fakes. “Them pull me up and never let me down.”
"LOVEHAPPY" - This is the final track and it’s happy, filled with joy, and a bop. This is where everything really comes full circle and we get to be in on the celebration.
Beyonce and Jay-Z have another outstanding hit on their hands, which is no surprise to me or anyone else. I didn’t want to jump in on the hype for their new tracks, released out of nowhere again, but Bey has me, and I was rewarded because it’s a work of epic proportions.