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Everything Is Love

The Carters

Everything Is Love

First full-length collaborative between Beyonce and Jay-Z featuring guest appearances from Migos, Offset, Quavo and Ty Dolla $ign

ADM rating[?]

7.4

Label
Parkwood / Sony
UK Release date
16/06/2018
US Release date
16/06/2018
  1. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Nothing is off limits, and their chemistry on wax continues to be just as powerful as it is in real life. It's not only a top-to-bottom banger, but it's also relationship goals
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  2. 9.0 |   All Music

    A timely document that shows even the most powerful couple in hip-hop can still endure the most trying and human of challenges
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  3. 8.5 |   Gig Soup

    Although not as strong a project as either ‘Lemonade’ or ‘4:44’, The Carters’ first joint LP still succeeds in defying the attempts to diminish negative portrayals of their relationship and black achievement
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  4. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    It’s a pop fairy tale just real enough to believe in. It also feels incomplete and far from over, which is probably the most moving thing about it
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  5. 8.2 |   Pitchfork

    The Carters round out a trilogy of confrontational albums about their marriage with something lighter but no less resonant. It is a celebration of resilient black love and proud black extravagance
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  6. 8.0 |   NME

    ‘Everything is Love’ may lack the immediate impact of Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s respective solo latest records, but it’s still interesting to see two of the biggest stars in the world relax
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  7. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    A powerful celebration of love, family and legacy
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  8. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Closing with “LOVEHAPPY”, Beyonce and Hov are at their most transparent about the moment that almost broke their marriage
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  9. 8.0 |   Crack

    It’s an astonishing expression of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s joint identity as both African American icons and complex married couple, and could only work if both parties had already climbed to the very top of their respective games
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  10. 8.0 |   NOW

    They sound both aware of and immersed in the culture surrounding them while fully settled into their own reality as billionaires. In essence, they are Black, rich and famous, in that order
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  11. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    It’s a weird, woozy listen – if there’s one thing more uncomfortable than being in the crossfire of a rowing couple, it’s hanging around for the inevitable soppy make-up afterwards, which is essentially what we’re expected to endure here
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  12. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Beyoncé and Jay-Z collaborative album Everything Is Love stands as a monumental testament to keeping it real
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  13. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Born out of therapy-like recording sessions, it marks the pair’s first full-length collaboration, but listeners hoping for detail on their reconciliation might be disappointed: this is curated veneer, not ugly exposition
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  14. 7.5 |   The 405

    This isn’t an album of ‘Crazy In Love’ or ‘Drunk In Love’ successors. It’s an album of love, and all the forms it can take in and outside of you.
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  15. 7.0 |   music OMH

    It isn’t always the most substantial record, flexing and braggadocio abound, but it’s an enjoyable collection of tracks from the power couple
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  16. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    There’s a sense of immediacy and even unpredictability in the most restless moments on Everything In Love, which saves the album from being a rather static and defiant contemplation of The Carters’ victories
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  17. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A triumphant, albeit compromising, capstone to the superstars’ reconciliation saga
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  18. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    The duo’s surprise release, rooted far more in hip-hop than R&B, embraces their romantic bliss and phenomenal wealth as well as highlighting racism in the US
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  19. 5.2 |   Earbuddy

    This album is really just a fart that smells like dingy dollar bills
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  20. 3.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    This album plays less like an artwork and more like an advertisement for the lives of its creators and the world they live in
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