Queen Bey just broke the music entertainment industry again as she surprised the world with her new album "Lemonade" yesterday 23rd April, 2016. Before now we were teased with a trailer video for the HBO premiere of a short film based on this album. Well the one hour long video was shown on HBO channel (for free) after which the album was made available exclusively on Tidal.
Lemonade, Beyoncé's sixth solo album describes the tribulations of Beyoncé herself as a scorned lover. According to Tidal, it's based on every woman's journey of self knowledge and healing. The album isn't up for sale yet and can only be streamed via Tidal.
The album’s 12 tracks feature contributions from the Weeknd, James Blake, Jack White and Kendrick Lamar; the songs sample or draw on a varied slate of artists including Led Zeppelin, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Soulja Boy and Animal Collective, with production from Just Blaze, Diplo and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend.
The HBO special, which was shot primarily in New Orleans, featured cameos from Serena Williams and Jay Z, with spoken-word interludes from Beyoncé, local residents and others. The videos were directed by Kahlil Joseph, Melina Matsoukas, Todd Tourso, Dikayl Rimmasch, Jonas Akerlund, Mark Romanek and Beyoncé. In one section, Malcolm X intones: “The most disrespected woman in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman.” Elsewhere, the mothers of black men killed by police, including Michael Brown and Eric Garner, appear on screen holding photos of their loved ones.
“Lemonade” was put up on HBO Saturday night special for free on a weekend that also features the season premiere of its signature show, “Game of Thrones.” Beyoncé worked with the network previously on the documentary “Life Is But a Dream” in 2013, and again the next year, when HBO aired a concert special based on her “On the Run” tour with Jay Z.
The album which features songs titled “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” “Daddy Lessons” and “Love Drought,” may also be Beyoncé’s most outwardly personal work to date. The videos, heavy on Southern gothic imagery, are broken up with title cards that play on the Kübler-Ross model of grief — intuition, denial, anger, apathy, emptiness, accountability, reformation — as Beyoncé addresses years of tabloid speculation about her marriage head-on.
“I tried to make a home out of you, but doors lead to trap doors,” she says. Other times, the references to infidelity are less abstract: “Are you cheating on me?” Beyoncé asks. “Big Homie better grow up,” she adds at one point, using a nickname used in the past by Jay Z.
There is, however, a happy ending. In addition to having made the album a Tidal exclusive, Beyoncé concludes the “Lemonade” film with a love song featuring footage of the happy couple with their young daughter, Blue Ivy. “My grandma said nothing real can be threatened,” Beyoncé says in a voice-over. “True love brought salvation back into me. With every tear came redemption and my torturer became my remedy. So we’re gonna heal.”
This is definitely her best album yet!!!
Source: New York Times