Queen Bey has done it again, surprising us all with another visual album Lemonade. Following on from her previous self titled album Beyoncé, the new album (available on Tidal) takes on a deeper and more grungy feel, with the lyrics sparking rumours of infidelity between her and husband Jay-Z.
The album features the hit Formation which addresses issues of race inequality and serves to empower black women with lyrics such as: ‘I like my baby heir with baby hair and afros,
I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils.’ Beyonce is renowned for her music providing support and empowerment to all women and men, promoting feminism and equality. However, this album reaches into deeper issues and talks about personal troubles in her life, issues that are relatable to many.
The album features various big names from the music industry, including: James Blake, The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar and Jack White. Yet unlike her previous albums including the hit singles Drunk In Love and Crazy In Love, the Houston, Texas singer hasn’t collaborated with her husband this time around. In fact, the 34 year old singer and producer has collaborated with these artists for the first time on this album.
The track that took many by surprise was Daddy Lessons as it takes on a country style, one that hasn’t been done before by Beyonce. The track was faced with criticism for not being ‘Nashville enough’ and was argued as not sounding country, however the harmonicas and cowboy-esque vibes to the song say otherwise. Produced by Beyoncé and written by Wynter Gordon, Beyoncé, Kevin Cossom and Alex Delicata, the track is looking to be a hit single in the near future.
The track Forward heavily featuring James Blake adopts the recognisable sound of his own album Overgrown. This differs from a typical feature song as James Blake takes the lead for the song with Beyonce providing the supporting vocals. However, it remains one of the most angelic and serene songs to grace the album.
Once again, Beyonce hasn’t failed in putting together a killer album, and whether or not the theories of a cheating being used as a publicity stunt are true or not, the album is very much worth buying.