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'Lemonade' Hailed As Beyonce's Most Important Release Yet

The release this weekend of Beyonce’s sixth studio album, “Lemonade,” and accompanying hour-long movie – which is as much a part of the release as the audio album – is being hailed by reviewers as her most accomplished work yet.

The album has been called complicated, eclectic, powerful and edgy, and boasts an impressive list of collaborators, including Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd and Diplo.

The musical styles in “Lemonade” are also diverse, spanning pop, blues and even a foray into country. As for themes, Beyonce’s new work touches on faith, black identity, sisterhood, marital fidelity and more.

The album was available exclusively through Tidal over the weekend, but begins a broader release Monday on iTunes. Tidal is her husband Jay Z’s subscription-based music streaming service.

Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti talks with Danielle Belton, associate editor of The Root. She also pens the award-winning blog, “The Black Snob.”


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