Now you know we’ve waited entirely too long for this project to NOT review it track by track! Wait, we have to thank the Queen for finally pouring down her vocal blessings upon us …
Now here’s the deal. Apparently life has given Bey a few lemons, she’s made some lemonade, made some songs about it, like to hear it? Here it GO!
1. PRAY YOU CATCH ME
“You can taste the dishonesty, it’s all over your breath …” Oh?
Fans of the #BrownMagic that is Jay-Z & Beyonce will not be ready nor prepared for this melodic threat from Beyonce to a seemingly cheating somebody … But who?
You’ll keep listening as it is a pleasant masterpieces to the ears. But your mind will get the best of you on this brilliant opening to a great body of work.
2. HOLD UP
Enters the Summer’s banger (All Summer 16). “Hold Up, They don’t love you like I love you …”
With a smooth reggae melody and Bey’s southern Texas register this one is sure to get you moving as Bey reminds her lover that know one will love him like her.
What’s worse, looking jealous or crazy?
Well, your both if you don’t love this song.
3. DON’T HURT YOURSELF (FEATURING JACK WHITE)
At this point we are still trying to figure out who Bey is angry at … But this unlikely rock collaboration rocks us into a trance that makes us glad it’s not us.
“You ain’t trying hard enough, you ain’t loving hard enough…”
Ever wanted to smoothly and nonchalantly tell that unworthy man in your life, #BoyBye? Well not to worry, Bey just helped you out.
“Middle fingers up, put them hands high, wave it in his face, tell him, Boy Bye!”
She’s fed up, and she’s not sorry, and we love it. Sorry Boy.
“He Better call Becky with the good hair.”
Did we mention Serena Williams is twerkin’ in the video?
5. 6 INCH (FEATURING THE WEEKND)
Enters The Weekend.
And you know I’m (Rae speaking) rolling my eyes in the back of my head.
We’re sure the ratchets will love this one, as Beyonce croons about hard-working women in six inch heels stacking money and drinking Hennessy. The Weekend joins her with his ever amazing “vocal” abilities in this club cut that could easily be the closing song to a steamy episode of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.
6. DADDY LESSONS
Maybe we are way to into WGN’s “Underground” But the opening of this song reminds me of Sunday night’s on the plantation. Not that we know what that feels like, but this infectious vibe gives us all kinds of knee-slapping, toe wapping, Milly Rockin’ goodness.
Did we mention it’s an amazing country single? CMA’s here Bey comes!
Bey’s Daddy issues take center issue as she belts out a hot 16 over Brass Horns in thee most perfect way imaginable.
Wait! But … the lyrics!
My daddy warned me about men like you// He said baby girl he’s playing you// My daddy warned me about men like you// He said baby girl he’s playing you// He’s playing you// Cause when trouble comes in town// And men like me come around// Oh, my daddy said shoot// Oh, my daddy said shoot//
What could be more perfect? Blue Ivy saying “Good Job Bey” at the closing of the track.
7. LOVE DROUGHT
We got our Love song! So clearly Bey had to get through the hurt of the first couple of singles to get to her signature vocals over a smooth beat.
Worth the wait?
Wait! Another one? Every album Bey feels the need to let us know that she REALLY can sing. And this is the ONE, as Bey has never sounded better. The raw emotion she belts out on this track is just so emotionally beautiful it hurts. Just like pretty.
Beyonce + A Piano = Greatness
9. FORWARD (FEATURING JAMES BLAKE)
First of all Bey, you tried it by making this song all of one minute! I mean, the minute I heard James Blake‘s voice, I melted. Sam Smith is cool, but James Blake is the real deal across that pond. And then just like that, it was over.
10. FREEDOM (FEATURING KENDRICK LAMAR)
Now HERE WE GO!
We’ve been itching for a Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce collaboration since the two artists decisively and powerfully spelled out powerful message of blackness to America in the same week. Beyonce, during her 2016 Superbowl performance and Kendrick, during his 2016 Grammy performance.
The results? Freedom, a hard hitting motivational testimony that could have easily been the star in a trailer for Selma or the highly anticipated, The Birth Of A Nation.
We are here for it.
11. ALL NIGHT
In the spirit of XO and I was there, Bey has to bring it home in a magical closing credits type of way. Enters; All Night.
Beyonce ballad perfection.