Happy Tuesday, everyone! This is our second week in a row updating this playlist, so I think it’s safe to say that we’re officially back in action.
Since we so scarcely did this over the summer, my half of this week’s playlist has a bunch of songs I enjoyed over the past couple months. Be ready to hear both some new and old artists through 10 recent releases.
The playlist this week sees selections from Everything Everything, Local Natives, Saint Motel, and Beyoncé.
“I was served lemons, but I made lemonade.” A statement made by Jay Z’s grandmother Hattie White at the end of “Freedom,” the 10th track off Beyoncé’s sixth album, Lemonade, proves to be a poignant theme for the superstar’s latest effort. After the astronomical success of her previous self-titled visual album, Beyoncé has followed up with an album that is far more cohesive and immersive than any of her previous efforts.
Lemonade is as somber as it is aggressive. The album tackles personal matters in a way never before seen on a Beyoncé record, dealing with themes such as heartbreak, infidelity, and empowerment. The opening track, “Pray You Catch Me,” sets the tone for the album. The song broods with heartache as Beyoncé copes with questions about her husband’s faithfulness. This begs the question — what exactly is Jay Z doing?