Appearing overnight on iTunes with no advance notice or advertisement, this surprise studio album by the superstar performer is the kind of reinvigorating departure that can redefine a career. From beginning to end, Beyonce experiments with different vocal and musical styles that show a new, exciting side to the performer, and while the album has no obvious monster smashes it has a more consistent and thrilling feel than her previous albums. Songs like “Drunk in Love,” “Pretty Hurts,” “Haunted” and, especially, “Flawless” are modern pop masterpieces that will likely stand the test of time.
Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)
You can watch the video for “Drunk in Love” here: