Let's get this out of the way, right at the top: Beyoncé's Beyoncé album is extremely good. I won't lie and say that I'm a massive fan, but this blows the Lady Gaga album, and every Madonna album from the last ten years out of the water. There is no filler. This is the album equivalent of a big, healthy meal and a bowl of ice cream after a long hike.
It's really good. It's stupidly good. It's positively shocking that an album this good wasn't leaked before its release. It's mindblowing that an album this good wasn't announced before midnight last night. It's almost comedic.
Beyoncé is singular in that she's probably the only artist who can completely eschew the hype machine, the teasing, the