9 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Some couples repair rifts in their relationships with expensive therapy. Beyoncé and JAY-Z tour stadiums together and surprise-release collaborative albums that mine their self-mythologized personal drama for big-ticket entertainment. Sonically closer to Beyoncé’s 2016 high-art airing of dirty laundry Lemonade than Jay’s 2017 response 4:44, this isn’t just rubbernecking at the doings inside America’s royal family—it’s a challenging, tense, and thoroughly catchy summertime romp in its own right. When Beyoncé sings, “I can’t believe we made it,” in the appropriately aggressive “APES**T,” she might be referring to the détente in their high-profile marriage; she might mean this very album. The fun is in decoding—but it’s hardly the only fun.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Some couples repair rifts in their relationships with expensive therapy. Beyoncé and JAY-Z tour stadiums together and surprise-release collaborative albums that mine their self-mythologized personal drama for big-ticket entertainment. Sonically closer to Beyoncé’s 2016 high-art airing of dirty laundry Lemonade than Jay’s 2017 response 4:44, this isn’t just rubbernecking at the doings inside America’s royal family—it’s a challenging, tense, and thoroughly catchy summertime romp in its own right. When Beyoncé sings, “I can’t believe we made it,” in the appropriately aggressive “APES**T,” she might be referring to the détente in their high-profile marriage; she might mean this very album. The fun is in decoding—but it’s hardly the only fun.

Clean Lyrics Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
111 Ratings

111 Ratings

Kelola17 ,

mmmm yea

I expected way more from these two. Just an okay album. Starting to sound too much like whats already on the radio.

JordanJFisher ,

Reconciliation is Here!

This album is a highly anticipated musical reconciliation of two mega artists marital strife. Lemonade and 4:44 told their individual stories, but this album brings it all together to tell one.

It’s a good body of work with sickening flows, catchy hooks, and mind blowing confessions. However, there doesn’t seem to be any songs other than “APESH*T” & “SALUD!” that’ll have the strength to stand the test of the billboard charts. The album is quite over produced, so it’s hard imagine it getting any heavy radio rotation either. It will without a doubt go number though!

The Carters are artists of a particular caliber that can afford to gamble on their work and try something different, but Beyoncé looks to have taken the biggest risk of all with this project. She raps surprisingly more than she sings. It’s refreshing to hear Queen Bey expand her artistic range, but some BEYHIVE fans may be disappointed.

If you were for waiting for an upbeat summer jam, heartfelt ballad, or even another “Crazy In Love” and “Holy Grail” moment then this is not the album for you.

- @iamjordanlive

TylerDurdensays ,

Meh

Mediocre album