Before even talking about Beyoncé, I think that we all need to come to terms with the fact that Beyoncé is a goddess. From the way she belts out those incredible notes, to her crazy dance moves, Beyoncé has inspired millions of people all over the world ever since she released her very first album, “Dangerously In Love.” But have her new changes in style, both musically and stylistically, really benefited her after all?
I, for one, am a die-hard fan. However, after hearing her new album entitled, “Beyoncé,” I am just not so sure. The main thing that stood out to me in this record was the style change. The whole mood in general felt a bit slower and less energetic than usual. Maybe it’s just me, but I miss the old Beyoncé, full of light and power.
The main thing that I loved about Beyoncé was that all of her songs were so vocally driven. As I listened to this new album, I felt that the background music almost completely covered her gorgeous voice, especially in the song “Haunted.” It seemed to me that they put her behind a huge glass panel, with the mic on the other side, and said, “Just sing through this! As long as we can vaguely hear a voice, we’re good!” And on another note, I am a bit disappointed with all of the sexual references through out the songs. It amazed me to see how much dirtier she has gotten, especially because she has so many young fans!
But even though I don’t love all of the music, that doesn’t mean that the lyrics are bad! In fact, I found the lyrics in the song “Pretty Hurts” and “No Angel” to be absolutely beautiful. It talks about all of the pressure that parents, TV, and magazines can put on people to be the “perfect” girl, or guy. The song hit home for me, because, being a teen, I feel the weight of expectations, and desire to be “beautiful.” But what really defines beauty, anyway? I think that that is what the song brings up.
All in all, I felt that Beyoncé’s new album, “Beyoncé,” had its ups and downs. I didn’t like that her voice seemed secondary in the songs, but I did like the points that she made about human imperfection and desire. But don’t get me wrong: I will always love my Queen B!
High schooler, AJ Bishop is a singer/songwriter living in Portland, Oregon. When she's not making music, she loves to dance, perform, run, ski and be with friends. Follow her on Twitter@AnnaJaneBishop & check out her music on Facebook, Youtube or Revernation!