Album Review: ‘Lemonade’ – Beyonce

Yonce is serving no tea, no shade but a whole lot of lemonades.

Now that the initial craziness has died down after Beyonce flashed-released her album after her one hour special shown in HBO, we can now look at the songs in her latest release Lemonade.

This album is both a story of woman scorned by her husband and the trials and tribulations of women everywhere, most especially the African-American women. If Beyonce’s last album talked about the bliss of being married , the sex, and the highs, the songs in Lemonade clearly tells a different story, especially if you’re using Bey as the reference. Sonically diverse, the album encompasses different genre and has Beyonce teaming up with a lot of collaborators and writers. Even her the visuals on her album has strangeness to it that was not seen in her previous work.

Opening with the song “Pray Can You Hear Me”, she begins to the tell the story of a woman undergoing an emotional upheaval as she finds out that her husband is cheating on her. With the line “you can taste the dishonesty; it’s all over your breath” it’s evident that Beyonce is starting to unravel a woman calling out her husband for having side chicks. This serves as a jumping point for her next songs like “Hold Up”, where she talks about how she’s the only one who can love her man like that; in “Don’t’ Hurt Yourself” she issues a warning to leave her husband if he doesn’t stop his extra-marital activities; “6 Inch” tells us how she works hard and keeps it professional even with all these infidelity issues hounding her. The song “Daddy Lessons” talks more about Beyonce’s father and how he made a soldier out of her daughter.

And then it all starts to transform. Gradually. Where the first half was angry, sad, and even despondent, the second half of the album feels and sounds like a resilient woman who in the midst of her anger at her cheating partner still acknowledges that the love is still there and is willing to work it out like in the song “Love Drought.” Beyonce’s rawest recorded vocals is on “Sandcastles” as she sings about building it all back up. “Forward” and “Freedom” sounds like a socio-political song but it’s a personal account of woman moving forward and reconciling with her partner and finding freedom in the act of making up and staying by her man. “All Night” is admittedly the and-they-lived-happily-ever-after song. For now at least. The last song on the album, “Formation” may seem like a sore thumb in the album’s theme but it drives the brand that is Beyonce: women empowerment. She sings to women everywhere that even with all these adversities you can still be a black Bill Gates in the making.


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Author: Miguel Antonio Laruesta

Freelance writer who listens to hipster music non-stop