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Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’: A Sonic Masterpiece

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Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’: A Sonic Masterpiece

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Chad Lyle, Reporter

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Beyonce has always been an innovator, but her latest release, the genre-bending, elusively-titled Lemonade, is a triumphant work of sonic genius. In all seriousness, Lemonade might just be the album of the year. Or decade. Here’s why:

While every song on the record is a start-to-finish masterpiece, the first track that stood out on a different plane was “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” a gritty rock duet featuring Jack White. If the prior two songs were suggestive in their convictions, “Don’t Hurt Yourself” doesn’t shy away from the topic at hand: a glaring reminder that (presumably Jay Z’s) cheating will not be tolerated by Queen Bey.

Skipping down a couple titles, the next song of unprecedented musical prowess is “Daddy Lessons”. Playing into her Texas roots, Beyonce smoothly dips into country influences and Southern discourse, with lines such as “with his gun / with his head held high” and “with his right on his rifle / he swore it on the bible”. The lyrics blend well with the raw steel-string guitar and New Orlean’s style brass intro.

Again, while every song on Lemonade is worth multiple listens, if you only have time for one more, “Freedom”, a blazing, emotion-filled Kendrick Lamar collaboration is a must-listen.

In sum, what makes Lemonade ground-breaking is that it proves Beyonce’s capability to step out of the Hip-hop/R&B territory she ruled over for so long. Boldly incorporating elements of Reggae (“All Night”), Country (“Daddy Lessons”) and Rock (“Don’t Hurt Yourself”), the record holds nothing back lyrically, and features some of the industry’s most prolific artists and producers.

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Chad Lyle, Senior Writing Editor

Chad Lyle is a senior at Argyle High School, and an Editor for The Talon News. He has been on staff since his sophomore year. Chad is the Senior Writing...

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Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’: A Sonic Masterpiece