Beyoncé Quenches The Thirst Of A Sad World With ‘Lemonade’ | Gradient

Beyoncé Quenches the Thirst of a Sad World with ‘Lemonade’

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As you have no doubt heard, Beyoncé is back with Lemonade, a brand new album that debuted on HBO as a “visual album” which is now streaming exclusively on Tidal. The album features work from Jack White, James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, and the Weeknd. Ezra Koenig, Diplo, Boots and others get production credits too. If you’ve got a Tidal subscription, you can check it out here. If not, well, you’d better get a Tidal subscription.

There’s going to be a lot to say about Lemonade in the coming weeks. The first half of it sounds like a ferocious screed against a wayward husband and you know that’s the sort of news that gets Twitter talking. “Sorry” is about as perfect a middle finger to cheaters as pop music is likely to produce.

But as the album progresses, its observations grow more universal in nature, appearing to be speaking more broadly to Beyoncé’s experience as a black woman in America. And then, the video for “Sandcastles” features a very affectionate cameo from Jay Z, and the video for “All Night” has the entire Carter Knowles family shimmering in ethereal domestic bliss, so it’s hard to say what’s autobiographic and what isn’t. We’re left with an album that feels personal and universal, focused and idiosyncratic. The narrative arc is confounding in the specifics, but deeply affecting in its emotions. In other words, this is one of the half dozen or so most famous people in the world taking a creative swing for the fences and completely nailing it.

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If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.

To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit

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