Apr 24, 2016

Beyonce Reigns Supreme With Lemonade

All hail to Beyonce she has done it yet again. 
“Lemonade,” the singer’s sixth solo album, arrived on Saturday night after the HBO premiere of an hourlong, conceptual short film based around the music. “Lemonade” is “based on every woman’s journey of self-knowledge and healing. 

In the one-hour short film, the song lyrics in the new material initially takes viewers on a journey through the mind of a devoted wife who is fed up with her husband’s indiscretions and frustrated after doing everything she can to get through their issues to no avail. Each song captures s different feeling. Beyoncé’s sixth solo album touches on a lot of potent topics. Quite aside from the presence of her much-discussed single Formation, a meditation on race that originally appeared in the middle of Black History Month, there are lyrical references to slavery, rioting and Malcolm X and a ferocious guest appearance by Kendrick Lamar.

The album’s 12 tracks feature contributions from the Weeknd, James Blake, Jack White and Kendrick Lamar; the songs sample or draw on a varied slate of artists including Led Zeppelin, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Soulja Boy and Animal Collective, with production from Just Blaze, Diplo and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend. The HBO special, which was shot primarily in New Orleans, featured cameos from Serena Williams and Jay Z, with spoken-word interludes from Beyoncé, local residents and others. The videos were directed by Kahlil Joseph, Melina Matsoukas, Todd Tourso, Dikayl Rimmasch, Jonas Akerlund, Mark Romanek and Beyoncé. A beautiful album and I so appreciate Beyonce for really opening up and letting everything go. A masterpiece and oh what at a perfect time.

As this realization is made, there's a scene in film that features Jay Z’s grandmother Hattie as she addresses partygoers at her 90th birthday. She recites the quote "I was served lemons, but I made lemonade," thus bringing the album title's meaning to life.

Listen to LEMONADE now on Tidal.


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