A new Beyonce album has finally arrived! In classic Queen B fashion, the singer dropped ‘Lemonade’ following her HBO special on April 23, and Bey may have just given fans her most dramatic album ever. Keep reading to find out why — and what we think about it!
It may seem like Beyonce‘s newest album, Lemonade, has a rather odd name, but once you give it a listen, you’ll realize it’s actually quite the flawless metaphor. Lemonade is perhaps the 34-year-old’s most real record to date, as Bey seemingly uses her lyrics to open up about her marital struggles with Jay Z. Turning a tough topic into some killer songs, Beyonce put a new twist on the old “when life gives you lemons” phrase: When your marriage gives you trouble, you make a stellar new album!
Between the surprise release, the impressive tracks, and the visual album to go with the CD, Lemonade reminds us a lot of Bey’s 2013 self-titled release. But while there’s plenty of fierceness in the record in tracks like “Hold Up,” “6 Inch,” and the first single, “Formation,” what is more prevalent in this album is emotion. That’s not to say Beyonce has never inserted feeling into her songs in the past, but something feels different with this record — and it’s pretty evident that Yonce’s alleged marriage problems are behind it.
Starting with the opening song,”Pray You Catch Me,” a slow, haunting tune, the lyrics immediately tell the story of a woman who has been cheated on. “You can taste the dishonesty/It’s all over your breath as you pass it off so cavalier,” Beyonce sings. Considering this is literally the first line fans hear from Lemonade, there’s no denying the album is incredibly personal. (And if you don’t believe us, take a listen to “Sandcastles” or “Sorry.”)
It’s not just the hold-nothing-back lyrics that make Lemonade a masterpiece, though. Beyonce doesn’t only take risks in her songwriting, but her song styling as well. Creative collaborations with the likes of Jack White (“Don’t Hurt Yourself“), The Weeknd (“6 Inch“), James Blake (“Forward“), and Kendrick Lamar (“Freedom“), are enough to show her fearlessness as an artist, yet there’s still some tracks of her own to show that as well.
For example, who would’ve thought Beyonce would ever try country or big band brass? We sure didn’t, but after hearing “Daddy Lessons,” we’re convinced that she can do just about anything musically…even when it involves exposing her personal life.
In fact, that’s how Lemonade makes us feel as a whole, with the every tune on the 12-song track list giving fans variety as well as realness — something artists aren’t always so vulnerable to do. Even if Beyonce’s heartfelt lyrics aren’t solely taken from personal experience, she makes it feel that way with her emotional vocals. And if the songs are directly related to Bey’s private life, Lemonade certainly delivers some dramatic happenings in one heck of a genius way.
What do you think of Lemonade, HollywoodLifers? Is this your favorite Beyonce album ever? Tell us below!