Over five installments of this Top 5, our music writer breaks down their top five albums of 2018 so far.
2. The Carters’ “Everything Is Love”
Leave it to Beyoncé and Jay-Z, billed collectively as The Carters, to drop a smash hit surprise album (one more time).
This album serves as a satisfying conclusion to a trilogy that started with Beyonce’s Lemonade and Jay-Z’s 4:44. In this album, Beyoncé and Jay-Z explore their fame and wealth, pay homage to their upbringings, and discuss love and forgiveness.
Jay-Z is just as great as he always is. The unique and fiery way he starts his verses provides much-needed energy to the songs.
However, Beyoncé easily steals the show as she steps out of her comfort zone and ventures into hip-hop. What’s great about the album is how it transitions smoothly between bangers and slow songs, and then ends on a lovely note.
Much like everything else The Carters do, Everything Is Love feels like an event and a work of art rather than a mere album. It’s a very powerful and incredibly coherent record that tells stories and makes countless historical references as it keeps running.
The end result is a pleasing and beautifully put together work that serves as a perfect addition to the artists’ extensive discography.