This is not a think piece, this is a fangirl piece.
Beyonce dropped her visual album on HBO on April 23rd and the world collectively lost its mind. I actually didn’t lose my mind until April 24th because I refuse to hop on the Tidal train. So on Aril 24th there I sat for about an hour and got taken on a ride of a lifetime.
Before we get into the visual album I would like to ask the public to officially stop calling Beyonce a performer. Though she slays on any stage that she steps on; she is not only a performer, she is also a well-rounded artist who just bared her soul to the world.
Heartache often forces beautiful art out of us but it is up to us whether we make something out of it or not. This visual album is a combination of music, spoken word and visual metaphors that you might miss if you blink too fast. After watching the entire thing (twice), it took me about ten seconds to confidently proclaim that this is the best album that Beyonce has released. My intention is not to take away from her previous work; but this album is raw, honest and vocally strong. It combines music genres (rock, country, R&B, etc.) and it is storytelling at its absolute finest.
If we are taking this album as an honest piece of work, then we are lead to believe that Jay-Z (stupidly and cowardly) made the decision to cheat on Beyonce. This album is the story of betrayal, of heartache, of the need to seek revenge, of acceptance, of forgiveness, of love, of strength and of understanding. This album is the declaration of the power that black-girl-magic holds, it is unapologetic in the delivery of its message and it takes a stand against anyone that ever told a black woman that she is not worth it.
My favorite song?
Freedom! Freedom! I can’t move
Freedom, cut me loose!
Yeah, freedom! Freedom! Where are you?
Cause I need freedom too!
I break chains all by myself
Won’t let my freedom rot in hell
Hey! I’ma keep running
Cause a winner don’t quit on themselves
Though the entire album showcases her vocals beautiful this song is an immediate stand out; it begins A capella and then launches into a drum heavy beat. The song is full of emotion and tells a story worth listening to.
So, I can sit here and tell you every little thing that you need to know about Lemonade but this is something that you must experience yourself. Even if you don’t like Beyonce, which if that is the case I say to you: “How dare you?” This is an experience worth having, this is not only coming from the fangirl in me; this comes from the lover of music in me, the love of music, the lover of art.
But really, Beyonce I am trying to give you my money, please make this available on iTunes.
Did you see/listen to Lemonade? What were your thoughts?