AOTY 2019

Everything's Fine

Jean Grae & Quelle Chris - Everything's Fine
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #146 / 736
User Score
Based on 311 ratings
2018 Ratings: #117
March 30, 2018 / Release Date
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Mello Music Group / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

84
Pitchfork

Part biting satire, part cognitive behavioral therapy, their new collaborative album, Everything’s Fine, is a gorgeous consideration of how simply existing can beat the “fine” out of us.

84
Sputnikmusic
Integrating a spectrum of differing perspectives into their technically adroit verses, these two rappers end up with something like a masterwork, straddled between polyphony and unity with no sense of labor in how the disorienting specifics are filled in.
80
The 405

Everything’s Fine lays bold claim to being one of the most unique rap albums in recent memory. It cuts through the repetitive commercialism of the modern experience with dryly comedic lyrics over a vast collection of beats influenced by decades of hip-hop, r’n’b and jazz.

80
The Needle Drop

Jean Grae and Quelle Chris have a yin and yang chemistry on Everything's Fine, one of the smartest, funniest, and most eclectic hip hop albums I've heard this year.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes
This is a pairing unlike other rapping duos out there, simply because of how well they work together to construct cohesive, captivating musical passages. A radically life-affirming breed of pedagogy is therefore created.
80
HipHopDX

Despite the duo’s general dismay for what’s going on in the world, there is a sense of hope on Everything’s Fine.

80
AllMusic

On Everything's Fine, rappers Jean Grae and Quelle Chris reflect on what it takes to stay normal and sane while dealing with intense personal issues and living in an increasingly corrupt, crazy world that constantly seems on the brink of destruction.

75
A.V. Club

It’s a sprawling and intentionally distancing record, but never less than fascinating.

70
Spectrum Culture

A dose of hip-hop escapism that knows how far it can go before it needs to reel itself back in.

BuffaloStaple
85
No other rap album so far this year brims with this much character and personality, it's wittiness and uncompromisingly charming sense of humour give it a flair that truly sets it apart. My only issues with this album lie in some of the hook/beat choices, but generally I think the instrumentals here are really daring & eclectic, and whilst the production on this album is consistently very quirky, unpredictable & eccentric, it's the undeniably strong chemistry between Quelle Chris & ... read more
itsyahboinoah
90
This album is a grower.

Also, the ending track "River"" arguably the best song for me thus far.

Edit Redux: This album is so amazing from start to finish, the production on here is so off-kilter that matches their amazing content on here, the wordplay, flow and bars on here are dope as hell. Can't believe I slept this album a lot last year, been on heavy repeat these past few weeks.
Doofly
80
“Everything’s Fine” more like everything really good
chairycherry
NR
This is probably the best thing Jean Grae has done yet. Ever since I heard "The Prestige" on Quelle's last project, I felt these two would meld together greatly, and they do here. Probably the most notable thing about this album is it's cohesion and themes. This in my opinion is even more cohesive than "Being You Is Great...", with there being a consistent, lingering existential dread/distraught floating around this project relating to the album's title, and I feel it's ... read more
charlie17
76
i heard this and i like this
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#198/Pitchfork (2010s)

Track List

  1. Everything's Fine
  2. My Contribution to This Scam
  3. Ohsh (feat. Hannibal Buress)
  4. House Call (feat. Big Tone, Anna Wise & Jonathan Hoard)
  5. Don't Worry It's Fine (feat. John Hodgman & Michael Che)
  6. Gold Purple Orange (feat. Dane Orr)
  7. Peacock (feat. Dane Orr)
  8. Doing Better Than Ever (feat. Ashok "Dap" Kondabolu)
  9. The Smoking Man (feat. Denmark Vessey)
  10. Breakfast of Champions
  11. Scoop of Dirt (feat. Your Old Droog)
  12. Zero
  13. Everything's Still Fine (feat. Nick Offerman)
  14. Waiting for the Moon (feat. Mosel & Anna Wise)
  15. River (feat. Anna Wise)
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