HAPPY BIRTHDAY QUEEN B!

Here on FreshAir.org.uk, the music team celebrates by remembering our favourite tracks on Beyoncé’s visual album, Lemonade!

PRAY YOU CATCH ME

RACHEL ALICE JOHNSON “I love pray you catch me. Overall i think her last visual album was sonically better, I feel like it had more great songs, but her directing in Lemonade is so good it’s more of an art piece.”

HOLD UP

PATRICK CARTLIDGE “Hold up just has such a badass vibe even though it’s so subdued and laid-back from a production stand-point…you can hear the ezra koening influence on the track, like the hook is almost a vampire weekend chorus…and the souljaboy verse at the end is just an awesome touch which was so unexpected but works so well.”

DON’T HURT YOURSELF

LORNA TREEN “I think Don’t Hurt Yourself is my fave because it’s just raw and not trying to be anything it’s not, it’s really stripped back and precise and jack white is really dirty throated but she completely carries it.Up the women!

EILIDH HOLLOW “When you hurt me, you hurt yourself. When you diss me, you diss yourself” All I can say is that this song is about knowing your inner power. It’s the ultimate ‘don’t bite the hand that feeds you’ anthem. I love the anger, I love the bravado and I love the confidence Beyoncé brings to the vocal hook. It’s raw and powerful and when I first heard it, I was like ‘Damn, she angry!’ And then, ‘God damn, now I’m angry!’

SORRY

CAROLINE ELMS “What’s my favourite track on Lemonade? Oh my god that is such a hard question D: At the moment, Sorry! It starts off anthemic and so uplifting and the lyrics are fucking great. Then it twists towards the end and gets suddenly very sad. I also can’t get over Don’t Hurt Yourself - the rage in that song is really powerful. The whole album is a dream!”

[sidenote from Mia: I also have this theory that Becky IS Beyoncé, just a younger version]

6 INCH

DANI HALL

LOVE DROUGHT

SAM PRANCE “I love the whole album tbh. I mean. Love Drought gets me in all the feels.”

FREEDOM

THOMAS ROBINSON “Freedom is dead rousing at the end of the album after a wee slow lull and I love how political and empowering it is.”

ALL NIGHT

MIA ABEYAWARDENE “This one contrasts with the raw energy and anger of the earlier tracks (You ain’t married to no average b*tch boy), as Bey shows a more nostalgic and hopeful side of the relationship that turned sour. Totally worth the Tidal free trial. I also love the Outkast sample which she used previously in an extended version of 7/11 that featured Nicki Minaj.”

FORMATION

BRIAN POKORA “I see Formation as sort of an appendice which would mean either Sorry or Six Inch. I’ll need a proper think but 6 Inch is just a banger with a really good hook from the weekend and as much as it starts identically to Hell Of A Life it goes off in a totally different direction.”

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