Beyonce and Jay-Z put their personal lives under the spotlight on ‘EVERYTHING IS LOVE’, an enjoyable if somewhat flawed trap-influenced album.
Shawn Carter’s elder statesman role in hip-hop is long since secured, but ‘4:44’ doesn’t particularly add to his legacy, failing to make its desired social commentary stick in the mind.
To adapt that famous misquotation attributed to Mark Twain, reports of the album’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Ever since the turn of the millennium, conventional wisdom has had it that the traditional long-player is on its way out, an arcane format out of time with the digital world that will cede inexorably to a future of singles and playlists. But while many artists have experimented with what an album