OK LADIES NOW LET’S GET IN FORMATION. BEYONCE IS BACK BITCHES, AND AGAIN EVERYONE’S GOING CRAZY.
So, she’s basically released a new album, with a similar approach to the last album ‘BEYONCE,’ back in 2013. It was kind of expected after the ‘release’ of ‘Formation’ a few months back, but it was just a simple question as to when. Ask no more has Queen B’s sixth studio album ‘Lemonade’ is now out there on the worldwide web.
Now, the word is, is that the album is half talking about her marriage to JAY Z, and half anti-racism, and the visuals certainly don’t disprove with what’s being said. Again, Beyoncé is causing controversy, but hey, she’s Beyoncé! She can do whatever she wants to do, because everyone’s going to bow down at some point right?
The album premiered on HBO along with an hour long visual, in which was then available for streaming on TIDAL for 48 hours, before the being released on iTunes.
1. Pray You Catch Me
The opening song to ‘Lemonade’ really invites you in to a new world of Beyoncé. It’s dull beginning seems to be representative of her struggling and/or being fed up, and then just releasing all the emotions with her vocals which are being carried along by the heavenly strings of the violins. It’s a very hopeful intro.
Rate /10: 6
2. Hold Up
Diplo and Bey are literally a music match made in heaven. ‘Hold Up’ is a first glimpse into the Bey’s relationship situation with the whole ‘cheating’ thing, and it’s actually a very lovely song in comparison to other songs about cheating. Beyoncé isn’t talking about packing his bags and kicking him out the door, instead she’s using a very laidback reggae guitar, with a sick bass, to help her convey the point that her husband doesn’t need anyone else, as no one else is going to love him like she does. If I were him, I’d take very concentrated notes. This lemonade isn’t going to be so sweet.
Rate /10: 8
3. Don’t Hurt Yourself (feat. Jack White)
I literally have no words. I am slayed. So this was co-written, co-produced AND features the amazing specimen of masculinity himself, Mr. Jack White. If you don’t know who Jack White is, then he’s the lead vocalist of The White Stripes, and if you don’t know who they are, then you were clearly born after ‘Seven Nation Army’ but anywho, this piece of art came crashing. Just when you thought that Bey gave JAY Z a small warning with the previous track, here she comes to make sure you don’t go back to the dirty habits. I knew this lemonade was going to be bitter, and I that’s just how I like it. The power and the emotion of this song is just phenomenal. It really makes me want to find the person who broke my heart (this isn’t realism, I’m just talking generally here) and break all his shit. Bad ass. The guitars shout with desperation complimenting the anger with Bey’s voice, and Jack really adds to the vibe. It’s a very juxtaposed collaboration, but I am so here for it. Amazing.
Rate /10: 8
He better call Becky with the good hair. Undoubtedly, one of the most controversial songs of the album. Everyone just wants to know who Becky is! I guess we will never know. Will we? It’s a very contemporary R&B/Hip-Hop beat, very simple, and it just adds those extra sprinkles onto the ice cream of the ideology of Jay making sure he doesn’t fuck it up again. Bey isn’t sorry.
Rate/ 10: 6
5. 6 Inch (feat. The Weeknd)
Beyoncé is killing it with these bad-ass feeling songs. This one, she invites along everyone’s favourite Abel, The Weeknd! It only seems like a matter of 30 seconds that he’s actually in the song, but he seems to own the verse that he sings. By my understanding, it’s about a female stripper, and it definitely makes you feel very sexy and daring. It could be mistaken for an identity description of Lady Gaga as the lyrics “6-inch heels, she walked in the club like nobody’s business, god-damn, she murdered everybody and I was her witness” and the ‘Telephone’ video back in 2010, it’s a very fitting pair, but I think 6-inch would have to chance to 10-inch. Back to the point, Beyoncé, The Weeknd, great song.
Rate /10: 7
6. Daddy Lessons
Texas. Who knew Bey good sing country? I guess being queen Bey you can do anything, and it looks like she’s showing her roots. After paying homage to her mother in her previous self-titled album, it seems this time Beyoncé is giving credits to her father. Although Bey and her father haven’t had the best relationship, you can still tell that she adores her father and always will. This song really unveils the roller-coaster relationship they have, and in terms of realism, it’s actually a very lovely song because a lot of other girls. and even guys around the world have the same rocky relationship with their fathers so it’s actually a very relatable song. Good job Bey.
Rate /10: 7
7. Love Drought
So, as you can tell from the title, it’s almost, kind-of obvious who and what the song is about. Beyoncé isn’t feeling the love. Basically she’s thirsty to feel loved again, and who wouldn’t be after being supposedly cheated on? Unfortunately, this isn’t exactly the best song on the album. I don’t want to say it’s bad, because it’s not, it’s just not the best so far. It just doesn’t scream ‘wow’. I think I also just experienced a mini love drought.
Rate /10: 5
Beautiful. Sometimes, all you need is a good piano ballad with raw vocals. With this song, this is what you get. Bey really tears into this one with emotion, and you can hear her changing through the motions as the song plays. First upset, then disappointment, then anger, then confused. The heart break. It’s a really heart touching song, and literally grabs the most vulnerable area’s of the situation. It’s a good kick up the ass for someone who’s literally about to lose everything they ever wanted, without realising it.
Rate /10: 8
9. Forward (feat. James Blake)
97% James Blake, 3% Beyoncé. It’s a one minute-ish break aside of the album, that I literally just think means forward to the next song, or to the next agenda, or forward, as in moving forward. Who knows.
Rate /10: 5
10. Freedom (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
What a song, what a message. Racism is still happening, and I’m so glad that the two of the biggest black artists alive right now have collaborated on such a real passionate song. Kendrick Lamar gave an incredible GRAMMY performance, and after the release of the video for ‘Formation’ it’s amazing to see two icons performing together with their voices and their sound to carry out the message of millions of other voices. The song is a triumph, and I hope it gets a lot more attention for the right reasons, and makes an impact. The sound goes together so well with Kendrick, and Bey, and the lyrics really get you thinking.
Rate /10: 9
11. All Night
This sounds like a conclusion to the situation between Bey and JAY, and it sounds also like she’s concluded and moved on to a stronger part of their relationship. She’s had her say, they’ve got through it, she’s warned him, she’s closed that chapter off, and rightly so! I think this is a beautiful ending to her rage, and the way she’s dealt with it, and the way she’s spoken about it, isn’t necessarily for the public’s interest, it’s actually very personal, and I think the reason why she’s sung about it, and put it on an album is because, again, it’s a real thing, it does happen, and it’s an insight to see how women feel when put in these situations, so from a man’s point of view, it’s seeing what you have before you go ahead and lose it, and for women, it’s a very supportive ‘you can do this.’ This song really closes that part of the book for good, and does so every so gracefully.
Rate /10: 7
So, yes, I did a write-up on ‘Formation’ a few months ago claiming I didn’t know what to make of it, and since then, I have grown to love it. I think, at the time, it was such a different move from Beyoncé and so unexpected at the time that it was all just a big shock of ‘what’s actually going on?’ but now my brain has sorted itself out, of course ‘Formation’ is now just one big slay, and what better song to end the album off too!
Rate /10: 8
After listening to ‘Lemonade’, I do feel that this is the most genuine album Beyoncé has ever released. It’s personal on so many different levels, that so many people can relate to. It’s addressed relationship issues in marriage and family, and she’s addressed the racism issue. I think the album title goes perfectly too because ‘Lemonade’ is bitter, and that’s how life is, bitter, yet so many people enjoy it. She turnt a few things in her life, and made a project so important which I believe will help so many others, in different communities and backgrounds to do good. She literally got the lemons that life gave her, and turnt it into lemonade. The truth. It’s an incredible triumph and it only extends the title of ‘legend’ to her name even more. Thank you Beyoncé for this phenomenal project.
Album percentage – 70%
Is it worth buying? Well, duh
Favourite song? Freedom
Album cover /10: 7
#1 Album? Obviously!
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