By Nicholas Jennings on Monday, 09 May 2016
Category: Blog Posts

Music Review: Beyoncé - Lemonade

It’s easy to see Beyoncé’s new album as an angry response to a broken marriage. Some songs seem to confirm rumors of alleged infidelities and an impending split with rapper husband Jay-Z. “We built sand castles that washed away,” Beyoncé sings wistfully, before venting “What a wicked way to treat the girl that loves you.” Anger is most visceral on “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” a raw number featuring Jack White’s bluesy guitar. But the album also explores themes of hope, forgiveness and redemption and includes “Freedom,” her Black Lives Matter anthem with Kendrick Lamar. “It’s time to listen, it’s time to fight,” Beyoncé sings on “Forward,” a duet with James Blake. By the time she confesses, “How I missed you, my love” on the ballad “All Night,” it’s clear reconciliation is at hand. With songs about family ties, racial pride and female strength, Beyoncé has produced a powerful statement that’s both deeply personal and profound.