Beyonce Knowles (or Carter, if you prefer) took the world by surprise last week when her new album dropped without a single word of promotion or hype. What the album lacked in preparation it made up for in post-release press; the album sold over 400,000 copies in the first day of sales, topping this year’s hits from Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, and One Direction.
The album itself – titled BEYONCE – has lots of strong, danceable tracks, some of the smooth R&B that Beyonce is known for, and a strong feminist sentiment throughout. But some tracks have hit home more than others – here’s the most memorable tracks from the new album.
Complete with a sample from African feminist speaker Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi on the state of marriage, this song is a lively celebration of women and girls – “I woke up like this/Flawless” is definitely going to be a self-esteem boosting phrase for young women for the next several years.
- Blue featuring Blue Ivy Carter
This track is heartfelt and sweet, full of sincere crooning and a laid-back beat. But what makes it really memorable is the appearance of Blue Ivy Carter, Beyonce and Jay-Z’s toddler. That kid isn’t even five yet and she’s already got two album credits – some of us had better step up our game, it’s embarrassing to be stunted on by a baby.
- Drunk In Love
With songs like Blurred Lines and Little White Lies making it their goal to blur the lines of consent in sex, it’s refreshing to hear a song that celebrates sex as a consensual act, even when alcohol is involved.
Another huge plus about this new album is that although Bey has always been incredibly sexy, it seems to me like she’s pushing the envelope further this time, and is asserting her sex appeal more than she ever has. I thus conclude this post with a few Beyonce sexy gifs. You’re welcome.