Beyoncé has been reborn once more; This time on a shimmering dance floor.
But on her seventh studio album, “Renaissance,” she turned the public perception of her hit history. Six years since she won the “Lemonade” Grammy, people expect Beyoncé to keep performing. But she doesn’t allow herself to be constrained by consistency, perfectionism, and pop/R&B genres. She’s confident in “Cozy,” that she “feels comfortable in my skin.” . Cozy with who I am,” and that shows in this hour-long 16-song album.
Her vocals glide with ease and ease on this dance-bound album influenced by Black artists such as disco queen Diana Ross and Donna Summer (“Summer Renaissance”, sampling” I Feel Love” by Summer, Afrobeats (“Move”) and, most surprisingly, twinges of Generation Z’s favorite fast-paced super-popular (“All Up In Your Mind”).
Each song is an experimental, adventurous journey into the pandemic soul of Beyonce. In the album announcement posted on her Instagram, she said that creating the album has allowed her to “dream and find a way out in a scary time for the world.”
Beyoncé builds a wild, fun, out-of-body and almost extraterrestrial world filled with love, joy, and friendship in “Renaissance.” It’s a world without the intensity of the political, social and environmental challenges she’s raising in 2022.
Talking about an extraterrestrial world, “Alien Superstar,” sampling Right Said’s 90s hit “I’m Too Sexy,” pays homage to dance culture. The singer boldly declared against the pounding and pounding beats, that she was “too classy for this world, forever, I’m that girl.”
The album’s high point is due to the seamless transitions in songs like “Cuff It” and “Energy.” “Cuff It” started out as a summertime disco/R&B mash-up when Beyoncé stated that she felt in love with the drink in hand. “Cuff It” turns to “Energy”, starting with Jamaican-American rapper BEAM.
Featured are “Virgo’s Groove” and “Heated,” co-written by Drake, who released his own dance-inspired album earlier this summer. In both songs, Beyoncé is enjoying a summer filled with partying, dancing, and narcissistic yet equally romantic love, singing that her partner’s love keeps her alive in “Virgo’s Groove.” .
The long-awaited album of the female singer is a successful reformation of the dance music genre. She emphasizes the need to be outgoing and creates a circle of love where people can venture out onto the dance floor without hesitation, without judgment – just dance.