Beyonce’s fifth solo album was released in 2013. It was interesting because she was able to make the entire album including the visuals, in secret. However, this time there were more hints leading up to her newest album.
Recently she teased something with the title “Lemonade” on the social network Instagram. There was also a short trailer that aired on HBO that stated that the past and present met at one juncture. They were uncertain what the event was going to be. However, they knew it was on the way.
“Lemonade” aired recently on HBO. It was actually a visual album. It’s now available on Tidal. The visual album includes music videos with chapter titles. They’re connected by Beyonce reading poems written by Warsan Shire.
The album traces a story of both infidelity as well as reconciliation. It begins with the artist questioning a relationship she’s in. She first asks the viewer if he’s cheating on her. When she learns that the partner has been doing that, she starts to protest. She then makes a threat towards the other woman involved. She then seems to be freed from a partner who can’t be trusted. The relationship then sends to end in a reunion. The end of the hour ends with pictures of happy couples and an argument that the heroine will move on with her life. She explains that her partner and her will heal and start over again.
Beyonce also tells about her experience of being a black woman. It includes a clip of a speech by Malcolm X. It states that the most disrespected, unprotected, and neglected person in America is the black woman. There are almost no women in the film. Instead, there are many images of large groups of women. This shows that they’re unified.
In terms of visuals, “Lemonade” includes many settings. Most of them are in the South. They include plantation houses, New Orleans, and others. The motif of fire also occurs many times. They include a wall of fire, and an explosion that happens behind her.
Another common motif is tunnels. One song she sings at a long brick passageway’s end. In addition, the camera often moves down hallways, buildings, etc.
Next, in terms of guests, there were many celebrities who helped with “Lemonade.” They include tennis star Serena Williams, some young actresses, Jay Z, and Blue Ivy. There are also some guests who are heard but don’t appear on the album. They include samples of Isaac Hayes, The Weekend, and James Blake. The singer Nina Simone is also included on the album. Kendrick Lamar is also featured on the new album. However, he didn’t rap in the visual presentation.
Meanwhile, the music includes piano ballads, with mostly keyboard/layered vocals. One of the songs is like a country blues tune, with a part by a brass brand. There’s also some rock gospel and funk in the songs. Meanwhile, when Beyonce is showing her anger, the soundtrack is like a bar band cover.
Recently, a Chick-fil-A location made a joke that referenced Beyonce’s new visual album. It posted a sign claiming that its lemonade is fresher than Beyonce’s. Meanwhile, another store in another location argued that its lemon drink was better than the singers.