This weekend was supposed to be about getting things done and being productive however, like most people, this weekend was dominated by one thing and one thing only; lemonade. Beyoncé has once again released a surprise album and I woke up on Sunday morning and listened/ watched it on a loop. As I spent my entire weekend waiting for the album/ listening to it, I thought I might as well write a blog post about it because as I listened to it, there were so many emotions and thoughts that I had about the album. So where to start, first of all the album was amazing, it was beautiful and I was so amazed by every song and I’m not just saying that because I am a huge Beyoncé fan. To be honest, up until her album 4, I never really understood the hype around Beyoncé, I was never really a fan and I never really understood her as an artist but I think she has evolved into this incredible artist that makes incredible empowering music. So onto the album at hand, Lemonade, I am not going to go into a lengthy review. I am just going to list some things that I discovered and noticed whilst listening to the album.
- The album was released with an hour long video/ documentary (I remember when Kanye released My Dark Twisted Fantasy with a 30 minute video, I mentioned to someone that this would become the norm for album releases in the future). The album is seemingly about a a woman who is dealing with her husbands infidelity, whether this is about her personal life or an exploration of women’s experiences, we will never know but please keep the theories coming, they are highly entertaining to read.
- The album is as described by Tidal “every woman’s journey of self knowledge and healing” and this is a prominent recurring theme throughout the film, there are multiple themes and emotions expressed through out the film such as Intuition, Denial, Anger, Apathy, Emptiness, Accountability, Reformation, Forgiveness, Resurrection, Hope, Redemption.
- My favourite song is still formation, I have never seen Beyoncé release a song/ video so politically charged and it was done in such an incredible way and raised so many questions and conversations. I also loved Sorry, an unapologetic anthem with Serena Williams featuring in the video. Hold-up was another favourite, I am still swooning over that yellow Roberto Cavalli dress.
- The words of Warsan Shire, a 27 year old Somali-British poet, are recited throughout the album, although I was not familiar with her work before this album, I am definitely looking forward to her work that will be released later this year.