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Every Track Ranked – Billboard

After six excruciating weeks, Beyoncé Renaissance has finally come to the fore. His first solo studio album since 2016’s Lemonade, Renaissance Boasts collaborations with Grace Jones and Thames, lifts and seismic lead single “Break My Soul” from Donna Summer and Tina Marie.

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Since its release, “Breaky My Soul” have been greeted “The Great Regeneration” as the unofficial anthem and spent four weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 7. “Soul”, which takes inspiration from Robin S.’s seminal “Show Me Love”. Set the tone for what would become Beyoncé’s most danceable album of all time. each song Renaissance Beyoncé flows seamlessly into the next, reclaiming her bliss through a bewildering combination of gospel, bounce, house, afrobeats, funk, and more.

Inspired by the most subtle singing performances of his career so far, Renaissance Superstar’s new Sonic impresses with the dazzling blasts of 2006 Birthday, The Grammy-winning seventh LP feels like an endless club night—a night that is, in Beyoncé’s own words, “unique, strong and sexy.” Renaissance Beyoncé is like we’ve never heard her before, yet references to her previous albums make her latest offering rooted in a sense of familiarity. Innovation is always the name of the game when it comes to Beyoncé, and Renaissance May be his strongest example ever.

With fifteen new songs in addition to “Break My Soul”, Queen Bey has gifted us a plethora of new music to soundtrack in our near future. From unapologetic odes to black queer southern culture to relentlessly carnal slow jam, Renaissance Cleverly transitions through different moods and energies without losing a single beat.

below, Board Ranks every track on Beyoncé’s new album.

16. “Thick”

Brooding synths and must-see bass bookmark “thick.” One of the songs that appears on the back of the album, “Thick” finds Beyoncé and her collaborators tormenting through songs that wouldn’t be out of place on the Chloe single. “Thick” moves in the spirit of “Bootylicious” and Beyoncé’s lush vocals contrast well with the sleek production. This song will inspire you to get up and strut and dance, but even better things are in store Renaissance,

15. “Energy”

one of two non-solo tracks RenaissanceOf course, “Energy” is a stargazing collaboration with none other than Jamaican-American singer-rapper Beam. “Energy,” with its brutal drum and cutting vocal delivery, provides a unique bridge between “Cuff It” and “Break My Soul.” “Because Those Karen Just Turned Terrorists,” is sure to be one of the most talked-about songs on the album, but it’s a testament to Beyoncé’s ability to weld different thoughts and moods into one unique track. ability. “Energy” acts well as an interval; It’s (appropriately) a backing beam for Neighbors songs, and is still a grand ole time in its own right.

14. “I’m That Girl”

No stranger to impressive album openers like 2016’s “Pray You Catch Me,” Beyoncé overcomes the expected pressures of an album opener with “I’m That Girl.” Instead, “Beyoncé” offers an ever-evolving manifesto of self-worth. From moments anchored by the hypnotic rap refrain to the punchy “Please, motherf-curse can’t stop me,” “I’m that girl” confirms that Beyoncé is indeed that girl—as do us. Another reminder is needed.

13. “Casual”

Beyoncé rarely expects that. With “Cozy,” she breathes new life into the standard self-love dance anthem by weaving her lyrics around thumping bass hits through ballroom-inspired vocal delivery. as she does elsewhere Renaissance, Beyonce leans into the Ballroom Emmys’ commanding presence and nimble musicality. There are thematic echoes of 2019 The Lion King: The GiftBut the near-constant resizing of “cozy” keeps it within the confines of the persistence Renaissance,

12. “America Has a Problem”

When Beyoncé Initially Revealed the Tracklist for It Renaissance, some fans expressed fears that the song would continue Queen Bey’s open political path, charted with “Formation” and “Black Parade”. In case it hasn’t been clear by now, Beyoncé will always do what you don’t expect her to do: On this track, He America’s problem is because it is perfectly fine to take over the country. skittish track uses the sample Kylo Ali’s “Cocaine” to provide a canvas for some of the best rapping of Beyoncé’s career; It is an ambitious song that reveals new rewards with every listen.

11. “Everything on Your Mind”

Virtually no one could see it coming. Beyoncé is far from the first name most likely to enter the vast universe of hyperpop when thinking of mainstream artists, but she feels right at home on the ethereal “All Up in Your Mind” — which includes the genre. The legendary AG Cook as a writer and producer. easily one of the more eclectic songs Renaissance, “All Up in Your Mind” contains arguably the most subtly daring vocal performance of Beyoncé’s career. Her voice flutters throughout the track with equal parts vulnerability and control—a hard-earned balance that feels comfortable coming from Queen Bey.

10. “Break My Soul”

In many ways, the thesis of “Break My Soul” is Renaissance, From a structural and musical point of view, it is easily the most traditional and accessible song on the album. Nevertheless, its traditionalism should not be mistaken for obscurity. “Break My Soul” is an anthem of salvation; Beyoncé is regaining her happiness and inner peace. freedom and fearlessness that ensure the existence of Renaissance “Break my soul” are impossible without a “new foundation” established through. Somehow, in terms of the album as a whole, the free choir sound of four-on-the-floor beats and background vocalists is even better than it was in the past five weeks.

9. “Hot”

star-studded list of credits for Renaissance There’s an Avengers-level ensemble of who’s who in the music industry, so seeing Drake’s name in the credits for “Heated” might actually be one of the less surprising things about Bey’s new album. While Drake’s shadow weighs heavily on the first half of the song, some of the most important moments happen in the explosive back half. Renaissance, Beyoncé nails the tongue-in-cheek bragdochio of the ballroom scene with this celebratory song for her late Uncle Johnny. At the end of her most animated vocal performance, she says, “Uncle Johnny made my costume / That cheap spandex, she looks like a mess.”

8. “Foreign Superstar”

When a track opens with an announcement requesting that we “don’t try to leave the dancefloor,” you know you’re along for the ride. Only Beyoncé could unionize warring synths, an intergalactic backing choir, and (another!) “I’m So Sexy” Approval very nice sound. “Break My Soul,” from “Alien Superstar” has an arguably 180 total renaissance A prime example of the glorious freedom of unconventional song structures. Whether she’s raising her vocals to heavenly heights or talking her way through the verses, Queen Bey is truly having the time of her life on this track.

7. “Summer Renaissance”

There was no better way to conclude Renaissance using track one who projects Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love.” In 2003, Beyoncé earned one of her first solo hits with “Naughty Girl” – a track that borrowed a starting hook From “Love to Love You Baby” by Donna Summer. Nearly two decades later, Queen Bey closed her most experimental album with a song that cleverly incorporates her samples into a soundscape that’s poised to showcase her otherworldly vocal acrobatics. Beyoncé’s voice has gotten deeper and deeper over the years, but it’s never sounded this rich before. sometimes.

6. “pure/honey”

If 2013’s historically titled Surprise album taught us anything, it’s that Beyoncé loves when her songs sound like two or three songs in one. After teasing us throughout the album, Bey goes full ball emcee on “Pure”. Her cavalier delivery is one for the books, but it’s “Honey” that will go down as an overall career highlight. Rafael Sadiq’s soulful brass-laced production is the perfect complement to Bey’s funky, sultry vocal performance.

5. “Move”

It might be too early to call, but Beyonce, Grace Jones, and Thames seem like the best trio of all-time contenders with “Move.” A mind-boggling fusion of hip house, dancehall, Afrobeats, and rap, “Move” unites three generations of black female artists for an incomparably infectious dance track that drips with sensuality and ego. There’s an undercurrent of leverage that adds more nuance to the track by brightening up the deep percussion nature of the production.

4. “Church Girl”

Only Beyoncé can get away with transforming A Clark Sisters Evangelical Standard In a twerk anthem. Expressly dedicated to the children of evangelists, who start their weekends at a club and end their weekends at a church, “Church Girl” is the kind of uber-specific celebration of black music that really strikes astonishment. inspires. Beyoncé uses gospel music to bridge the album’s sweeping house and boom influences. If you’ve ever wondered what a Sunday morning intersection is and “Chopa Style” It seems, look no further than “Church Girl”—an instant standout in Queen Bey’s discography.

3. “Virgo Groove”

Renaissance The album is the ultimate testament to Beyoncé’s talent in sequencing, sample reinvention, and style innovation—but, ultimately, the album’s success is dependent on her sound. The longest song on the album, “Virgo’s Groove”, credits her sensuous sonic escapism to Beyoncé’s expert vocal production; She deftly moves her range throughout the song. Within the same breath, the luscious loss is transformed into a piercing falsetto. Still, it’s Beyoncé’s manipulation of her tone that really impresses. across Renaissance, You’ll Hear Her Self-titled Album, Gritty Funk Juice 4 And Birthdayand bright bubbly dangerously in Love. You get every color of Beyoncé’s voice in a single song from the aptly titled “Virgo’s Groove.” What more could you ask for?

2. “Plastic from the sofa”

“Break My Soul” all but guaranteed an uptempo dance album, so the existence and function of the slower tracks remained a question mark until the night of the album’s release. With “Plastic Off the Sofa,” Beyonce enlisted the likes of Sabrina Claudio and Sid to help create a blistering slow jam. On this track, Beyoncé, for lack of better phrases, is covering her face. Her tantalizing vocals pairs perfectly with the seductive bass guitar, “It’s the way you hear when I’m crying’, you lean me in / That’s how you want another kiss.” When you said you were Levin.” Is anyone else starting to feel a little hot?

1. “Cuff IT”

Looks like a new quintessential Beyoncé classic has arrived in town. “Cuff It,” the aptly named fourth track Renaissance, combines all the hallmarks of Beyoncé’s artistry into one stunning display of excellence. Queen Bey boasts huge background vocal piles, a soaring hook, all the horns she can handle, her trademark rap-sung rhythm, and an overall cinematic groove that begs for both simultaneous video and eye-popping choreography. Funk and soul flow through Beyoncé’s veins, and there’s a remarkable through-line that runs from “Work It Out” to “Cuff It.” a Renaissance It is not possible without studying the past. “Cuff It,” and . Feather Renaissance As a whole, Beyoncé goes back not only to her roots, but also to the roots of black music, to create an absolutely stunning body of work, and “Cuff It” is the best representative of that.

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