Beyonce coyly dropped Beyonce: The Visual Album today and December 13, 2013 will forever be remembered as Bey Day. Have you watched it yet?! YOU HAVE TO. I’m in tears T_T. I’m crying it’s so good. Beyonce is pretty hit or miss for me, mostly miss but this album is so good. I would say this is her best yet. The videos are absolutely stunning, creative and—dare I say it—artistic. I am usually not impressed with Beyonce’s actual content. Her dancing, hell yes that is impressive. Her singing ability and vocal control, yes that is absolutely impressive. Yet, creatively she has always felt a little mediocre, there were a few songs that became serious jams (“Diva” “Why Don’t You Love Me?” ) for me but I never understood what she was trying to say artistically or what her vision is. Yes, I get that she says she is strong, sexy and a feminist but those ideas were usually messily executed in her songs and often negated by other ones. Beyonce almost always felt too polite, too perfect, not edgy enough or challenging enough. To my previous thoughts and to Beyonce, I say, touche. You got me, Bey. What can only be described as an ambitious project has been divinely executed.
Beyonce gets all kinds of exposed as she declares Jay Z has “Monica Lewinsky’ed” on her dress. She samples Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s incredible feminist speech, “We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller
We say to girls, ‘You can have ambition but not too much. You should aim to be successful but not too successful otherwise you will threaten the man.'” She discusses her marital troubles with Jay and even reveals the possibility of infidelity, separation and divorce.
Beyonce achieves everything her pop counterparts couldn’t. Lady Gaga wanted to combine art and pop but commercially and critically flopped. Britney Spears said she released her most “personal album yet ;) but instead released her worst and most placid album yet. Katy Perry’s attempt at being “dark” was just another album full of bland power ballads and songs that sounded like other songs. Not to mention Miley Cyrus’ attempts at being effortlessly sexy only to seem desperate, put on and contrived. Beyonce manages to be revealing, image and thought provoking and the edgiest she has ever been.
This album is the first challenging Beyonce album because it challenges how we see Beyonce. We already know that she is flawless, that she is technically skilled but we’ve never seen her navigate such troubling, bold waters before. It just feels more raw than she has ever been.
With that said here all the GIFs I could find to illustrate how perfect Beyonce: The Visual Album is.