Like everyone else on the face of earth who wasn't involved with making this album, I was not ready for it. Mostly because I wasn't ready for another album that I was going to be captivated by. And definitely not this late in the year. Not a week before Christmas.
But let's get to the good stuff...
"Perfection is a disease of a nation.....It's the soul that needs surgery."
So many levels of truth. Which is showed through the different levels and analogies about how we see beauty in America. What we define perfection. How we see ourselves. It's one of my favorites on the album just because it calls out the corporations and magazines that thrive on people, women in particular, not believing they're pretty enough. Makes just want to embrace all those little/not so little girls wishing to just be pretty enough the way they are....and tell them that they're beyond what society tells them they have to be.
"I sneezed on the beat and the beat got sicker. Yoncé all on his mouf’ like liquor."
Bye y'all. My body was not ready for any of these songs. I thought I was. But I was quickly proven wrong. The raw sexiness and grown woman game gets real and serious in these songs. I'm pretty sure her and Jay one night were like, "Let's make a sex tape....nah let's just make songs for others to make a sex tape to." Beyonce´ definitely wanted those that were questioning her sex appeal and strength and femininity to get smacked in the face with all of it. Smacked in the face by the words, harmonies and the fact that the birth rate is probably going escalate pretty quickly. There are going to be a lot of babies born in September 2014.
The return of Sasha Fierce and her sassy anger. Very reminiscent of If I Were A Boy, but very different. If I Were A Boy was all about the conversation between Yonce´ and neglectful boy. Jealous is the mashup of that and Rihanna's Take A Bow. She's seeing your problematic selfish ways and she's having none of it.
"I’ll search through the crowd. Your face is all that I see. I’ll give you everything. Baby love me lights out"
A sweet love song. I can definitely see those couples who are in the early days of love in that super cheesy honeymoon phase, getting down to this. It's a song about being happy about making that mutual commitment to love another person. Loving love and being happy about it. Not a seductive overly sexy song. Very fun. Very flirty. But it's essentially sweet and about being lost in love with another person.
"I woke up like this..."
The title sums up how I feel about this song and this entire album. Tech-pop dirty beat. Takes that raw anger about the negative and wrong perceptions people might have about anyone. You know what I'm talking about. Those people who assume and just tells the whole world they know about who you are and what the world should expect when you walk in the door. Well, yeah. It takes those people and knocks them down a notch…or twelve. She has the call out bridge aka where Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is calling out…every…thing…wrong…with society and how it views women. Then she it turns around and makes sure you understand that she's always been the talented woman that she is and she'll always be that every morning she wakes up. It has that verbal attitude that just says, "I wish you would try to tell me otherwise." She knows she's fly and she's just waiting on you to catch up.
Truly nothing but emotional love ballads. Personal and emotional love ballads. These two were definitely two songs that came straight out of Beyonce´s diary/heart/soul. I honestly got emotional listening and watching these videos because I could feel the heartache and the love in these words. I could feel the strength and growth that she's gone through within these tracks. I could feel the evolution of Yonce´. I could see how far she's come. And that current product? Overwhelmingly beautiful.
So there you have it. I only covered a few of the songs from the album. Not because they weren't quality. But just because I'm still overwhelmed with how much I love this surprise album. I'm still getting through them all. I'm still trying to decipher every line and note of BEYONCE´.
The sex. The beats. The love. The lyrics. The truth. The concept.
The street. The class. The fashion. The people. The message.
Queen B, or Queen Yonce´as she has now been entitled in my mind, has brought it all.
I've never been so unexpectedly impressed by something from her.
This is the best she's been vocally. This is actually the best she's been, period. Some people have been up in arms about this album and this new edgier Beyonce´. They've said that this "new" Beyonce´ is against feminism and that we should turn it away.
If you haven't gotten the album yet then you're missing out. Go get it. Embrace the new definition and expression of feminism, power, and beauty.