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Music Review: The Carters - Everything is Love


The essential message of this surprise album by Beyoncé and Jay-Z can be found on the closing track “Lovehappy.” “We broke up and got back together,” raps Jay-Z. “Now we’re happy in love,” replies Beyoncé. The husband-and-wife superstars, who 15 years ago famously proclaimed to be “crazy in love,” have weathered their share of marital discord, as revealed on their Lemonade and 4:44 albums. But Bey and Jay, who was born Shawn Carter, have clearly worked out their problems and these nine tracks celebrate the reconciliation. On “713,” the area code for Beyoncé’s hometown of Houston, her husband calls his wife a “black queen” and raps “you rescued us.” Queen Bey raps more than she sings, shining strongly on “Boss” and “Friends.” The couple’s most explicitly romantic number is “Summer.” “Let’s make love in the summertime, Beyoncé sings over a cool soul groove, “make plans to be in each other’s arms.” Happiness suits pop’s number one power couple.

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