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Life Gives Beyonce Lemons, She Makes Lemonade
   2017-02-17 10:48:09    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Wang Ling



Anchor: Hello and welcome to another edition of Music+, where we explore music and more. I'm Wang Ling. On today's show, we will take a closer look at the album of Lemonade, which is the sixth studio album by American singer and songwriter Beyonce. The record is Beyonce's second "visual album", following her eponymous 2013 record, and a concept album as described "based on every woman's journey of self knowledge and healing".

The album is opened with deep synth, and choral harmonies sung by Beyonce. The 34-year-old's artist seethes on "Pray You Catch Me", and sings "You can taste the dishonesty, it's all over your breath as you pass it off so cavalier".

What we just heard is Pray You Catch Me from Beyonce's sixth studio album, Lemonade. For the 59th Grammy Awards, the album was nominated for nine awards, winning for Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Music Video.
Apparently, what unfolds in the album is a marriage in crisis -- the initial sting of an affair, the lingering threat of divorce and, ultimately, forgiveness and reconciliation. Each song acts as a step in the evolution of this narrative of grief. "Don't Hurt Yourself", the third track stands as the emotional crux of the project where the songstress is at the peak of her anger. Co-working with Jack White on this raucous rock track, Beyonce goes full-on rock-queen.

The song we just heard is Don't Hurt Yourself from Beyonce's Grammy-winning album, Lemonade. Primarily an R&B album, Lemonade encompasses a variety of genres including pop, reggae, blues, rock, hip hop, soul, funk, country, gospel, and electronic. It features guest vocals from James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, and Jack White.
Featuring The Weeknd, 6 Inch is Beyonce's ode to hard-working women as she sings "She's stacking money, money everywhere she goes".

That was 6 Inch, a duet between Beyonce and The Weekend, off the diva's sixth studio album, Lemonade.

The album received widespread acclaim from critics. AllMusic writer Andy Kellman said in his review that "the cathartic and wounded moments here resonate in a manner matched by few, if any, of Beyonce's contemporaries."
The Daily Telegraph writer Jonathan Bernstein felt it was her strongest work to date and "proves there's a thin line between love and hate." Writing for The New York Times, Jon Pareles praised Beyonce's vocals and her courage to talk about subjects that affect so many people, and noted that "the album is not beholden to radio formats or presold by a single".

Shahzaib Hussain, writing for Clash, stated: "Lemonade is Beyonce at her most benevolent, and her most unadulterated. Treating her blackness not as an affliction but a celebratory beacon, Lemonade is a long overdue, cathartic retribution."
"Daddy Lessons" is one such track that finds the superstar tapping into the rich musical heritage of the South. Clappy, whoopy, telling the story of how her father and his mistakes have helped shape her own parenting style, it is Beyonce' first country song where she takes to bluegrass like she was born to it.

What we just heard is Daddy Lessons from Beyonce's award-winning album, Lemonade. Taken literally, the album is about ripping open the secrets we keep hidden, and finding healing, and purpose. It's actually an ode to the transformative power of pain. A testament to the strength derived from surviving trauma with your sense of self intact. As the old saying goes, when life gives you lemons, make Lemonade.
We hear this most strongly on "Freedom", which also provides the explanation for the title of the record with a clip of a speech from superstar's grandmother-in-law, Hattie White at her 90th birthday celebration: "I had my ups and downs, but I always had the inner strength to pull myself up," she says, "I was served lemons, but I made lemonade."

The song we are hearing is Freedom from Beyonce's Grammy-winning album, Lemonade. After the rollercoaster of emotions, from heartbreak to anger to forgiveness, we arrive at the closing track "Formation", a song that reclaims the power of the black woman and praises all parts of her, from her "negro nose" to her Southern roots. There's no better placement for the track than at the album's coda, ending a record that traces the arc of a relationship with a definitive statement of self.

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