So I love the fact that the title of this blogpost is just Beyoncé's name doubled. Man, she is is #BASEDGODDESS.
Beyoncé caused the world to go into frenzy last night when she dropped her eponymous album without any warning. This album will have a visual component as well because you know, who the EFF wouldn't love to see beautifully shot footage of Beyoncé being awesome and different and cool?
I acquired the album this morning and gave it a full listen through on my way to work. I haven't been able to find a full/reliable stream but below will just have to do. I think the set will be updated with all the tracks slowly.
Songs that jumped out to me: Drunk in Love (ft. Jay-Z), Mine (ft. Drake), Blue (ft. Blue Ivy), Heaven, Superpower (ft. Frank Ocean), ***Flawless (ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche.)
"***Flawless" (previously known as "Bow Down/I Been On") goes pretty H.A.M., beginning with a soundbite from when the Queen B was in Girls Tyme as a child and competing on Stars Search. The public is a huge fan of B as a strong feminist role model in the entertainment industry, and while I still find some aspects of her image/actions problematic or inconsistent with feminism, the inclusion of Nigerian writer Adiche's quote is pretty powerful. Overall, this track is pretty empowering in a I-am-a-woman-and-I-am-free-to-be-whoever-I-want-and-look-however-I-want so I can appreciate it. Plus it's a SICK SONG.
"Heaven" is a beautiful and spiritual track, really stripped down and highlights the softer notes of B's range.
"Mine" features softcore rapper Drake and brings out the Alicia Keys side of B. The transitions are ethereal and Sampha has to be involved in this song somehow. The jump from the intro to the first verse sounds just like him. I think this is gonna be a personal fave.
"Drunk in Love" has Jay- Z on it. It has Beyoncé on it. It's a club-related sexually tense song. It's defacto awesome. 'We woke up in the kitchen saying how the hell did this shit happen..oh baby," is a line from the song. Only B can get away with shit like that. And this has the perfect amount of 'trappness.' Chilling.
"Blue" has the same reasoning of greatness as "Drunk In Love." It features Blue Ivy godamnit! It's a song about how much she loves her baby. The baby the world adores. The baby that will probably be the first female Black president (Blue Ivy 2052!) and will always be cooler than your baby. Anyways, this is just a really sweet song and has this 50's swing vibe to it.
"Superpower" drips through your ears like caramel and you can feel it moving through your body and Frank Ocean's contributions are like the little crackles of salt that make the entire listening experience feel all umami -- that's right, I just said listening to a song was like tasting umami. The doo-doo's remind me of The Platters, and the chorus is so harmonious and perfect.
Well, y'all should go find the album and give it an actual listen. It's pretty refreshing and amazing.
Stream was removed. Only thing I could find was to listen to it here.