ALBUM TITLE : LEMONADE
ARTIST : BEYONCE
GENRE : R AND B / POP
DATE RELEASED : 2015
There are those who said that Beyonce is an overrated artist. There might be some hint of truth as she yet to deliver an album that will really destined to rank up there in the greatest album of all time. Another reason of course for her being overrated is that there is a certain kind of maneuver in her to achieve that kind of polished album worthy of undivided attention. However, Beyonce album tend to have short attention span from listeners. Yes, she had songs with good hooks, catchy melodies, and fiery vocal performance but that’s just it.
Here is a video discussion of “Formation” video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3C0U81zGWo
In this album, Beyonce perhaps is trying to deliver that ultimate album coming from her and this time she delved into more personal things even revealing what is wrong with her marriage and her unrequited attention to it. From the first song alone, you can already conclude where the album is leading. Like in “Till Do Death Do Us Part” by Madonna, “Pray If You Catch Me” it will make you develop a paparazzi attitude inside in you and will try to follow and decipher more messages in other songs in this album.
Here’s a video that explained supposedly what “Pray If You Catch Me” song all about https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD47qqzOZC0
Indeed, you won’t be wrong as the second assumption, you can imagine her thinking about her husband while he out of bed and figuring if he is calling someone else in the song “Hold Up.” She proceeded with reminding herself about being hurt in “Don’t Hurt Yourself” but after listening this track, you know very well that it is warning to a philandering husband.
You can say that “Sorry” is a break up song. The song 6 inch is not about a husband’s penis but rather it is an encouragement for women that in order to have a say in your marriage or a relationship, you have to remain independent and have a work of your own. Women cannot get out of an abusive relationship if she is dependent on the male partner financially, emotionally, and socially.
Here’s a lyric video of “Sorry” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-pUvFAV4qE
There is that lingering feeling that Beyonce is comparing her husband Jay Z with her father. You must remember that she fired her father as her manager after his infidelity towards her mother was discovered. An interesting aspect of this song is that the song a more a country than R and B and pop. Perhaps she is reminding people about her Texas roots.
“Love Drought” tells us that she is still giving the relationship a chance. “Sandcastle” probably is one way of telling us that it takes a strong woman with deep conviction can really make marriage survive. The retrospection continues in “Forward” but this time around, Beyonce is no longer angry. Based on her vocal performance with “Freedom,” you can say that this is a celebration song. It is like she finally see the light and move away from the dark side of her marriage. And she finally closes her ordeal with the negative side of her marriage in the song “All Night.”
Here’s a video of “Freedom” performed during the 2016 Supwerbowl in Miami https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ALQ4t8D7TA
The only fly in the ointment in this album is the inclusion of “Formation.” Yes, it is an excellent song but somehow it feels like a misfit in this album the way “Vogue” by Madonna was in her I’M BREATHLESS album. As a whole, LEMONADE will give Adele a stiff competition come Grammy Night next year. Like Adele’s album, this is already a shoo in for Album of The Year Category.
I rate this record 4.5 star as finally, I can say that Beyonce has an album that I can say not overrated.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it