I am not a Beyoncé fan. I recognize that she is talented but I’m just not into her genre of music. Sure I like some of her popular releases that got radio play, but even some of those didn’t please my ears. But that’s just because I have a different taste in music. No big deal. So, of course, I had no clue that a new album was to be released this year. I did find the secret link to the song Formation which I repeated watched because I found it visually stunning. I learned about the “visual album” when my Twitter feed blew up while the rest of the world watched it. I cut the cable cord a little over a year ago and since I don’t watch Game of Thrones I have no reason to have HBO. I really wanted to watch Lemonade so I did what anyone would do these days: I asked around to borrow someone’s Tidal account. Turns out, I don’t know anyone with a Tidal account. So, a couple weeks ago, I bought the album from iTunes.
I listened to Lemonade twice and then watched the album once, so far. I know there’s a lot of big messages in the album but I’m going to leave those for others to discuss as they aren’t about me. This is a time for the me’s of the world to just listen and take notes. Nod every now and then when you learn something you didn’t know before. I have to say that I like the visual album best. Not just because the visuals and editing are amazing but it includes poems by Warsan Shire.
If you haven’t heard, Lemonadereceived acclaim for its visuals, production, and vocals upon release. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and she became the first artist in the chart’s history to have their first six studio albums debut at number one. She, also, became the first female artist to chart 12 or more songs on the US Billboard Hot 100 at the same time (every song on the album charted). Lemonade became the most streamed album in a single week by a female artist. Basically, it smashed some records and sold like crazy.
I do like the album. I’ll probably replay the film more than just listen to it but there’s a few songs that will grace my head phones without the accompanying video. Right now, I gotta get to work. Enjoy your 4th of July weekend.