Beyoncé’s new ‘visual album’ Lemonade and its accompanying Tidal stream have already been hailed as a career high-point for a woman whose career has essentially only been high points.
It’s been heralded as searingly political while deeply personal, touching on themes of oppression and infidelity. It’s been seen as a bloody proud statement of femininity, but more than that, proud black femininity.
Oh, throw in a healthy mix of references to her family, forgiveness, anger and a very healthy dose of listenable tunes, and you’ve got yourself a piece of work that’s probably gonna cop a lot of shine.
It’s been a pretty big day for anyone who has come into contact with it. If you’re still processing the magnitude of the whole deal, you might be comforted by the fact these fine humans (and collaborators) are feeling the same way:
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) April 24, 2016
10 mins into #LEMONADE.. This shit is so twisted and dark so far and I fucking LOVE IT… Wow
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) April 24, 2016
I was served lemons but I made #Lemonade. Just tears, so many tears.
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) April 24, 2016
I feel changed. How was that THAT good?? HOW??? #LEMONADE
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) April 24, 2016
Lemonade is amAZING . I need to repent. This is sooooo good omg. EXACTLY WHAT pop culture needed
— AZEALIABANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) April 24, 2016
While the thing is more or less locked to Jay Z’s personal streaming service, and the visual album is confined to HBO’s online offerings, we’ll have to wait with bated breath for the whole package to land here, ready for some serious Bey-nalysis.
‘Til then, just appreciate the fact it’s 2016, and we’ve been hit with a hydrogen bomb of a pop-culture perfection.