Nobody expected it, and nobody saw it coming. On an ordinary Saturday night, Beyonce, as she is colloquially known surprised the world with a shock release of her sixth solo album, and iconically named it “Lemonade”. The strong persistent Bey launched the 12 track album on her co-owned streaming service Tidal and the hungry fans quickly ran in to download it.
The album premiered on Home Box Office, featuring as an hour long documentary ahead of the launch of the new “Game of Thrones”.
Having been in the media for a purported marital struggle, Beyonce released tracks that many believe were spurred by her family strife. In that line, a number of critics say this could have been the diva’s most personal work, yet still having a sound of professionalism to it.
The album has titles like “Don’t Hurt Yourself” and “Daddy Lessons” in which she uses punch lines like “Are you cheating on me?” and “Big Homie grow up” which have illustrated to many that there is a possible frustration in the Jay-Bey fairytale.
It features some top notch contributions from “Beauty Behind the Madness” star The Weeknd, Penta- Grammy award winner Kendrick Lamar, Jack White and James Blake.
The song “Sorry” has already been claimed as the sound of summer while “Sandcastles” is to some the best song she could have produced so far.
Most of the songs are inspired by life events like racism and discrimination of women. Some videos like “6 Inch” have the mothers of shot teens like Eric Garner lamenting the deaths of their sons.
Beyonce made it clear: if life gives you sour lemons, use them to make sweet ‘Lemonade.’