The Beyonce New Album 2022 is currently available for streaming and downloading.
The 40-year-old American singer-songwriter has released Renaissance, her seventh studio album, which features collaborations with Tems, Grace Jones, and Beam.
Since Beyonce deleted her profile photo from all of her social media accounts on June 7, 2022, the album, which is the follow-up to 2016’s Lemonade, has been teased.
Beyoncé revealed in a statement on her website after Renaissance’s release that it is the first act of a three-act project that she has been working on throughout the pandemic’s three-year period of recording.
She added that the album is dedicated to her husband, kids, and uncle Jonny, a gay man who struggled with HIV and who she credits with being “the first person to expose [her] to a lot of the music and culture that serve as inspiration for this album.”
In a letter to her fanbase, Beyoncé also addresses the Renaissance album leak.
- “So, the album leaked, and you all actually waited until the proper release time so you can enjoy it together.
- I’ve never seen anything like it. I can’t thank y’all enough for your love and protection,” she wrote.
Beyoncé wants you to feel special, powerful, and seductive when listening to RENAISSANCE. Her seventh studio album, which was created while the pandemic was still in full swing, is a celebration of freedom and a total immersion in house and dance. Its 16 tracks feature themes of liberation, release, self-assuredness, and unfiltered confidence and serve as the ideal sound bed for them.
With repeated exhortations to free yourself from the burden of others’ expectations and delight in the entirety of who you are, RENAISSANCE is lighthearted and energizing in a way that evokes that Friday-night, just-got-paid, anything-can-happen vibe.
This is a huge yet elegantly composed buffet of sound, richly packed with anthemic morsels that draw you in. It ranges from the classic four-on-the-floor house moods of the lead single “BREAK MY SOUL,” which features Robin S. and Big Freedia, to the Afro-tech of the Grace Jones and Tems-assisted “MOVE,” and the funky, roller-skating disco feeling of “CUFF IT.”
There are tender moments on this album as well: “I know you can’t help but to be yourself around me,” she croons on “PLASTIC OFF THE SOFA,” a warm, whisper-in-your-ear love song you might hear at a summer cookout. It features a complex interplay between the vocals and guitar that allows Beyoncé to display some incredible vocal dexterity. With the lyrics “I’m finally on the other side/I finally found the extra smiles/Swimming through the oceans of tears we cried,” the R&B, gospel, and hip-hop song “CHURCH GIRL” tells the story of a survivor.
“Comfortable in my skin/Cozy with who I am,” Beyoncé muses on the chorus of “COZY,” an unambiguous celebration of Blackness, is the motto of a lady who has nothing to prove to anyone. And on “PURE/HONEY,” Beyoncé fully embraces ballroom culture by including drag performance chants and a Kevin Aviance sample on the first half, which give way to the second half’s disco-infused third and make the song an instant hit on the dance floor. It’s the ideal prelude to the album’s finale, “SUMMER RENAISSANCE,” which furthers the future-forward escapist disco of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love.”
You can stream Beyonce’s new album below and download it from iTunes here.