Is Renaissance Beyonce’s Best Album?

It’s time to talk about Beyonce now that I have had time to reflect. One of her most dynamic, exciting, and interesting works, check out my thoughts below.

The Transitions

Before anything else is discussed, we have to talk about the transitions on this project. The first time I heard Energy I thought I was still listening to Cuff It, that’s how smooth it was. This album demands to be streamed in its entirety because of how interconnected and continuous it sounds.

The Themes

The message of Cozy is so empowering, especially when you remember this album is dedicated to her Uncle Johnny. The lyrics of this song even describe the Progress Pride flag while proclaiming messages of self-love. While this project began during the early days of the pandemic, it feels even more timely in this aspect given conversations about the status of protections and rights for the LGBTQIA community in the US.

The storytelling of Plastic Off the Sofa is so refreshing. I personally feel like we’ve been lacking love songs in mainstream music (I don’t want to have to seek it out) and this one is immaculate.

Church Girl is another song that had a strong effect on me. As a girl raised by a Deacon, this song that turns Black Christian normativity and respectability on its head is as freeing as it is, is danceable, and fun.

The Standouts

Cuff It

This track just makes you want to dance around your house, it’s just pure fun and joy.

Alien Superstar

Another song that will pull you to the dance floor and have you shouting “UNIQUE” at the most random points in the day. You’ll also probably want to do your best strut to this one.

America Has a Problem

Clearly, I’m obsessed with the dance tracks on Renaissance, this one took me by the most surprise. You’ll just have to experience it for yourself to understand.

Pure/Honey

This one is such a love letter to queer culture and all I see is Leoimy working this one out at a ball, or in the music video Beyonce please I’m begging you. The end of this song (and the end of Heated) is on a near-constant loop in the back of my head.

Overall Rating: 9.5/10

This album is among Beyonce’s best and I can’t stop returning to it. What do you think of this album? What’s your favorite song? Let me know in the comments!

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