Beyoncé: New album 'Renaissance' is out

July 30, 2022

Beyoncé releases her new album 'Renaissance' and opens the first chapter of a trilogy that has a lot to offer.

At first glance, the title of "Renaissance" could be interpreted as a rebirth of Beyoncé herself. However, the renaissance taking place is the revival of disco and house on Queen's first album in six years.

"Renaissance", is carefully designed in terms of the choice of samples and participations to offer a new interpretation and redefine the ideas of disco and house.

The album possesses a significant sense of freedom, which is clearly reflected in the people Beyoncé works with.

In addition to Pharrell Williams and The-Dream, who are part of her usual group of collaborators, representatives of alt-pop such as AG Cook and BloodPop are also involved.

Beyoncé also highlights often-maligned black female dance music pioneers like Honey Dijon and Grace Jones and seamlessly transitions from Nile Rogers' disco groovy music to Skrillex's electronic production.

Beyoncé's selections translate perfectly into musical snapshots of the year and honor every 'Renaissance' influence under one big roof.

The first single from "Renaissance" was the liberating "Break My Soul", featuring Big Freddia, which became the twentieth song of Beyoncé's solo career to appear in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.

Beyoncé posted a message on her official website explaining the inspiration and concept behind the album, while also revealing that 'Renaissance' is the first chapter of a trilogy.

“This three-part project was recorded over three years during the pandemic. a time when I had to be inactive, but also a time that I considered to be the most creative.

Making this album allowed me to find a place to dream and find a way out during a scary time for the world. It allowed me to feel free and adventurous at a time when little else was moving.

My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgment. A place to be free from perfectionism and overthinking. A place to shout, to release, to feel freedom. It was a beautiful exploration experience.

I want to give special thanks to Rumi, Sir and Blue for allowing me the space, creativity and inspiration.

And a special thanks to my handsome husband and muse, who supported me during those late nights in the studio. A big thank you to my Uncle Johnny. She was my godmother and the first person to introduce me to much of the music and culture that inspired this album.

I thank all the pioneers who birthed the culture, all the fallen angels whose contributions have gone unrecognized for far too long. This is a celebration for you. Thanks to my team at Parkwood, Dream, and all the talented producers involved. Mom, I love you.

To my father, my original, my first teacher: You inspire me in every move I make. I love you.

To all my fans: I hope you find joy in this music. I hope it inspires you to break free. Ha! And feel as unique, strong and sexy as you are,” wrote Beyoncé.
"Renaissance" is based on the idea of ​​progressive and unruled music, with Beyoncé reinventing the old and reinventing the new.

Whether it's the progressive R&B of 'Thique', the succinct Afrobeat-influenced moments, or the abstract production style of A.G. Cook on 'All up In Your Mind', Beyoncé takes the rule book and the it flies out the window, opting instead for music that travels from one idea to another.

The rhythm of the album is like a DJ playing songs over and over in a club and the end result is like a glamorous night out. In a similar vein, Beyoncé plays with structure and form throughout "Renaissance" and makes the listener question why these structures exist in the first place.

Thematically, "Renaissance" has a carefree, nocturnal vibe with allusions to sex, self-affirmation and anti-capitalism.

'Renaissance' is one of Beyoncé's best albums to date. It doesn't follow in the footsteps of her previous work, but instead forges its own path, going places we didn't think Beyoncé would go.

The six years since her last album were truly worth the wait.