By Charlie Dowd
Believe the hype. Somehow, Beyoncé has managed to top her self-titled album. I don't know how she did it, but with sixth album Lemonade, she has. Lemonade premiered on HBO through a stunning, hour-long film that was as much a visual album as it was artistic couples therapy. The film is a celebration of black culture, women, sexuality and raises awareness to incredibly important - and topical - subjects such as #BlackLivesMatter.
However, what has proved to be the most newsworthy take away from the album is the confessional lyrics surrounding the Queen B's marriage to Jay-Z. With rumours of infidelity on his part, and that fight in the elevator, it's tough not to jump to that conclusion. Lemonade is a break up album, without the break up. I'm struggling to sum it up in a few words, so here are some shining moments that'll make you shout YAS.
1. "Don't Hurt Yourself"
where Bey throws her wedding ring at the screen whilst proclaiming "you know I give you life, if you try this shit again you gonna lose your wife." It is chilling and intense, way over the top in classic B style.
2. "Hold Up"
This was the first point during the film where I lost my shit, like really lost it. Yes, it may have been 2AM and I was dying to sleep, but this brought me back to life. The YeahYeahYeah's sample and pyromania completed the experience for me.
3. "6 Inch" (Feat. The Weeknd)
This song is a JAM. The build up feels like the beginning of an episode of American Horror Story, the chorus feels like a throwback to the self-titled. "Six inch heels, she walked in the club like nobody's business. Damn, she murdered everybody and I was her witness." Slé.
4. "Love Drought"
This shot. It's a beautiful way of summing up the feeling of emptiness Bey is trying to convey, the song itself is an emotional, frustrated cry of "what did I do wrong?"
5. "All Night"
What should really have been the closing track of the album, instead of "Formation." It's a celebratory, emotionally-charged promise to her beau that although they've been on a tumultuous ride, they can still be in love "all night." In a strange way, it feels like a call back to the infamous "Drunk In Love".
Lemonade is Beyoncé at her personal best. It's honest to the point of being too much, but feels like a unique insight beyond the iron curtain and PR machine that usually protects her privacy. It's heartbreakingly fragile, yet terrifyingly fierce, the woman is a force to be reckoned with. Now, let's get in formation. (Cos we slay, no less.)