Lemonade Analysis II (Links)

So, Lemonade has been on continuous play on my hard drive.I have a serious Bey addiction, right now (along with Prince and a couple of rappers, tho’.)

 

Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’: A Visual Tale of Grief, Resurrection, and Black Female Empowerment

 

In my ongoing quest to annoy as many readers as possible with continuing coverage of what people are saying about Beyonce’s new album here are more links!

Actually I’m fascinated by various peoples interpretations of what the album means to them and what meanings they’ve derived from the music video. Some women felt empowered by it, some women were saddened and triggered by it, and some women had both reactions simultaneously. Keep in mind guys, this is as big a thing for us as the release of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video, only more girly.

 

This is a personal analysis from Floppynugget on Tumblr:

My Rant on Lemonade: Intuition, Denial,  Anger, Apathy, Emptiness,  Accountability, Reformation,  Forgiveness, Resurrection, Hope, Redemption

So, I don’t really know how to express my thoughts on Beyonce’s visual album, Lemonade without breaking it down through each song. But what I can most definitely say is my favorite part of this film were the interludes in between each song. Each one is visually and aesthetically beautiful, her narration the same.

Catch Me if You Can – The intro and this song captivated me completely into this film (not including the fact that it’s a new visual album from Queen Bey). The cinematography is stunning and the visuals instantly give you the feel that Bey knows something’s up. I love the shots of all the beautiful, black woman staring into the camera and off into the distance, and her monologue complements these shots so well. I particularly loved the shot where she fell from the building into the water the most, to symbolize her drowning in her relationship, as she strips away all the black clothing she is wearing from earlier. I also love the spoken word during this interlude as well. When she steps out of this room, she is a completely different woman than the person she was in the intro song as she “parts the seas” as she exits.

Hold Up – Watching this music video simply makes me happy. This is the warning song for what is to come later on. Bey is angry, even though she has her huge smile throughout the song. Everyone is watching her and doesn’t stop her. One thing I noticed immediately was that the bat had “hot sauce” written on the bat, completely changing what she meant in Formation when she says she has hot sauce in her bag, which I also loved. She’s wearing a flowy feminine bright yellow dress, which is the opposite to how dark and angry she is feeling.

Don’t Hurt Yourself – one of my favorite songs off the album (the whole album is my favorite but still). Gender is completely reversed in this song and it’s so beautifully done. There’s a small speech in between about the “black woman” which flows so perfectly with the feel of the song. (I know I’m sitting her saying this is my favorite song but I don’t have much to say, but we’ll just keep going down the list)

Sorry – More gender reversal, which is everything. I love how Serena Williams is in this song to help add on to the gender reversal. Serena Williams is often joked about as being a “man” on the courts, and seeing her twerk and thrust her hip (which is more of a feminine dance) adds on to the whole gender reversal stuff she has going on. In this music video, Bey doesn’t care, nor has any interest into Jay anymore.

6 Inch Heels – I don’t really have much to say about this song. Don’t get me wrong it’s still amazing and the lyrics and visuals are very dark and eerie, but it isn’t one of my favorites. Bey feels empty after the anger has settled and she is processing her true feelings and goes into a dark period of time in her life.

Daddy Lessons – I love the old fashioned shots, clothing, and settings of this music video. I think this song was added to take away from the whole Bey and Jay-Z controversy, but none the less this song and the shots change the dark feelings of anger from the previous songs and visuals. I think this song was also added to show that her father is responsible as to how she is in her current relationship.

Love Drought – I have re-watched this one way too many times. I love the beautiful lades in formation walking by the water, all in perfect synchronization. It seems like her and the woman are trying to become one with the sea. This is her reformation to the hurt she experienced earlier. Turning the negative towards a positive, even. I also love the breakdown at the end of the song with the white make up that look like tears on her face.

Sandcastles – makes me cry whenever I listen to it (mainly because it reminds me of a past experience). Her vocals are raw and flawless, the visuals of Blue’s drawing just give you so many of the feels, and seeing Jay-Z in this film shows that he is aware of the pain he has caused.

Forward – at this point, I’m already bawling my eyes out from sandcastles and then Bey drops this song along with the haunting visuals. It’s only about a minute and 30 seconds, but it is another one of my favorites off the album.

Freedom – also makes me cry, and also another one of my favorites. Bey starts off singing it to the families seen in Forward. This music video symbolizes hope for what’s to come. She is hoping for freedom, referencing both the movement, Black Lives Matter, and freedom from her relationship as well.

All Night – this song is redemption from her past. it’s adorable, and cute, and we get to see the happy sides to her and Jay’s relationship. We see same sex couples, interracial couples, Bey pregnant, etc. and it’s just a good feel type of song/music video. I may be wrong but it looks as if Beyonce may be in the same field she was in in the first song in some shots, but she is in a much happier place, now that the darkness has been stripped away.

Overall, I am completely obsessed with this visual album, and we all know Becky with the good hair is Rachel Roy kbye

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