BEYONCÉ - act i RENAISSANCE + "MY HOUSE"

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I love how the NYT review highlights the humor on this album - it sets it apart from the rest of her discography and her peers' recent output. Between the lyrics, her vocal affectations, and the endless samples, there's an abundance of hilarious moments, both intentional and unintentional.
 
I love how the NYT review highlights the humor on this album - it sets it apart from the rest of her discography and her peers' recent output. Between the lyrics, her vocal affectations, and the endless samples, there's an abundance of hilarious moments, both intentional and unintentional.

I thought that was a lone highlight of an awful review. They said a possible weakness was that the album doesn’t highlight social issues which firstly is a stupid critique for an album anyway and secondly the whole album being a love letter to some of the most marginalised intersections of society. It’s like they barely listen to it.
 

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I thought that was a lone highlight of an awful review. They said a possible weakness was that the album doesn’t highlight social issues which firstly is a stupid critique for an album anyway and secondly the whole album being a love letter to some of the most marginalised intersections of society. It’s like they barely listen to it.
That’s one of my many irritations from a bunch of reviewers, even from other Black people that think she’s “appropriating” Black queer culture without realizing that she’s paying homage to her own specific experiences with it. Like shit, being Black is political. Being queer is political. Existing at the axis of both poles…and having the world’s biggest popstar highlight that existence?

They clearly don’t want her to win. They were mad at “Formation” and now they mad again. Now wonder “Cozy” exists. Fuck them all!
 
That’s one of my many irritations from a bunch of reviewers, even from other Black people that think she’s “appropriating” Black queer culture without realizing that she’s paying homage to her own specific experiences with it. Like shit, being Black is political. Being queer is political. Existing at the axis of both poles…and having the world’s biggest popstar highlight that existence?

They clearly don’t want her to win. They were mad at “Formation” and now they mad again. Now wonder “Cozy” exists. Fuck them all!

"Cozy" is a wonderful song. The struggle to feel enough, both to the world nonetheless yourself, when you've spent a lifetime constructing an image of self-sufficiency is disturbingly relatable.

I find her facility in balancing that thread through the inner and outer universes of colorism, identity, healing, comradery and family, and acceptance remarkable. It's a deceptively simple lyric that unpacks huge concepts, and heaves a breadth of strength and vulnerability. And the section with the flag's rainbow's multitudes of meaning is also smartly used, whereas in less capable hands, would've fallen to something a bit tacky.

Perhaps we take it for granted because her intent and heart as an artist seem so clear to us, especially in this album with a context of following a childhood career to a woman who still continues a quest to discover what it means to human.

But yeah, it's incredibly disappointing that the (what should be obvious) political aspects of existing and revelling in the joy and hurt of life, painted throughout the album with perhaps the widest use of vocal inflection and lilt she's ever painted with, would be lost on so many high profile reviewers who perhaps should have taken an additional second to reflect below the superficial (pressure to publish on deadline be damned).
 
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Today is all about the way my soul transcends time and space when Plastic Off The Sofa seamlessly morphs into Virgo’s Groove.
 
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