So what did you do on Saturday night?
Drinks with friends? Dinner and a movie? Netflix and chill?
Well superstar Beyonce released her long-anticipated album Lemonade on the streaming service Tidal (owned in part by husband Jay Z) which was complete with an hour-long video component that aired on HBO (and just maybe trumped Game of Thrones as the most talked about content on this network this weekend).
Tidal described the 12-track album as “conceptual project based on every woman’s journey of self-knowledge and healing.” Collaborators on the album include Jack White, The Weeknd, James Blake and Kendrick Lamar. And the sound crosses over a number styles and genres.
Fans took to social media extolling the HBO special’s powerful visuals and the music’s raw emotional edge that lays bare all of Beyonce’s many facets. She salutes strong black women backed by imagery of the mothers of Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin, among others. Another song seems to confirm and call out Jay Z’s rumored dalliances with other women. Yet another has a country feel to it.
This album and special are sure dissected further in the days and weeks to come as fans and pundits alike absorb this dense and deeply personal album.