This is her best release by a wide margin and I wish I'd had the space to delve more fully into the production side of things, because I think a lot of it is really interesting and complements what's happening lyrically extemely well. Oh well. Come for the vocals, stay for 'em I suppose.
Also, no, "womanist" is not a typo or some kind of mistake. It's a school of thought which charges feminism with racist undertones, some of which are the acceptance of white beauty standards as the universal norm and they're tackled (effectively if predictably) on "Pretty Hurts," and elsewhere.
I have to say, the production on this album is some of my favorite for a pop release this year. It's sooooooo....crisp I guess the word is? Also, I'm so happy that Bey was able to provide an non-compromised vision for this project. It's seriously amazing.
What are your views on the videos btw? She makes a point that the album is supposed to be an "experience", and the videos are a part of that experience.
I actually haven't watched all of them. I've seen the Drunk in love video but unfortunately I haven't made the leap to buy the iTunes album so I have to wait until they're all on YouTube.
LOVE this album. I wished you had gone into the production side of things, because I really loved the work Boots did on songs like "Haunted" and "Blue." I've always wanted to hear Beyonce over music like that, which was kind of hinted at on "4" ("I Miss You" being an example), but I'm glad it was maximized on this record. She sounds great.
Yeah I'm extremely interested to see what boots does in the future - the production is very "of the moment" but it sounds much better executed than all but the highest quality releases of recent years. boots actually made a rap genius account and has been making a lot of annotations to the album...it's interesting to see what his thoughts are.
im really into a few tracks but as a whole it hasn't really kept my attention as much as i would have hoped. hopefully it'll grow on me, i plan to spend some time with it after this hectic finals week is over
the more time i spent with it the more i liked it. it went from a 7ish on initial listen, with some reservations, to being pretty unabashed devotion (obviously) by the time i'd sunk into the review
Yeah, very "808' and Heartbreak"-informed Alt-R'n'B (is that still a thing?), but I think the production hinted at things that will allow the music to age gracefully. Do you know if Boots has worked with any artists worth noting?
It's certainly another entry in that category of vaguely similar "dark" r&b. as far as i know, this is the first anyone has heard of Boots.