By now, any living human with access to TV or any form of social media would know Beyonce released a series of 12 new tracks for a movie and album entitled “Lemonade”. This is Beyoncé’s sixth studio album, 12 tracks, accompanied by an hour-long film, which premiered in the United States on Saturday on HBO. It is available only on the streaming service Tidal or for purchase through iTunes.
You most likely have heard that this album is about infidelity, with Beyonce walking down the street demolishing parked cars with a baseball bat, to the track “Don’t Hurt Yourself”, where she throws her wedding ring at the camera while snarling a final warning; “If you try that shit again, you’re going to lose your wife”.
Once “Lemonade” dropped it immediately sparked connections between the alleged cheating rumors by husband Jay-Z, and of course was this what that infamous elevator fight between Solange and Jay-z was all about. There are so many questions, but has this album given us the answers? Or has it just sparked more questions like who is ‘Becky’ with the good hair? With all the gossip set aside, “Lemonade” is already looming to debut at number 1 on the billboard charts. On April 27th, sources from Billboard said that this album was on track to sell around 550,000 copies in the first week alone. This album contains more of a hard hip hop edge to accompany it’s strong lyrical content, and makes the companionship work like magic.
In order to get her story out Beyonce used the talents of songwriters like James Blake, Jack White and Kevin Cossom to help her write it. Like always Bey had complete control of this album in both writing and productions, and she manages to explore every instrumental genre including referencing brass band, stomping blues-rock, ultraslow R&B and hip hop.
“Lemonade” has been described as not just a mere grab for popular music dominance, rather it is a retrospective that allows the listener to explore Beyoncé’s personal circumstances, and watch female empowerment over come adversity. Online music analyzer Metacritic scored the album an incredible 93 out of 100, with Rolling Stone magazine giving it 5 stars. Praise must be given to Bey, who has shown so much courage to talk about so many personal subjects that have affected not only her but so many of her fans.
This whole “Lemonade” project can almost be described as a masterpiece the way it has been delivered. Lyrically like most Beyonce albums, it’s almost impossible to fault. But production wise for me, is where the album lacked. I would of liked to have seen a repeat of her album “I Am…Sasha Fierce”, which start to finish was brilliant. I think the lack of talent she brought in to her help produce this album was her let down. Although she had some known names like Diplo and Mike WILL made it, for me they failed to take this album from good to great.
Rating 2.5 out of 5
Tracklisting and credits:
- Pray You Catch Me (Beyonce/Kevin Garrett/James Blake)
- Hold Up (Beyonce/Diplo/Joshua Tillman/Antonio Randolph)
- Don’t Hurt Yourself (feat. Jack White) (Beyonce/Jack White/Diana Gordon/James Page)
- Sorry (Beyonce/Gordon/Rhoden/Melo-X)
- 6 Inch (feat. The Weekend) (Beyonce/Danny Schofield/Terius Nash/Noah Lennox)
- Daddy Lessons (Beyonce/Kevin Cossom)
- Love Drought (Beyonce/Mike Dean/Ingrid Burley)
- Sandcastles (Beyonce/Vincent Berry II/Malik Yusef)
- Forward (feat. James Blake) (Beyonce/Blake)
- Freedom (feat. Kendrick Lamar) (Beyonce/Coffer/Just Blaze)
- All Night (Beyonce/Diplo)
- Formation (Beyonce/Khalif Brown/Jordan Frost/Mike WILL Made It)
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