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The Magic of Lemonade

Updated on July 19, 2016
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'You can taste the dishonesty' Beyonce coos over the lead track 'Pray You'll Catch Me.' It's an arresting first line which sets the tone for her most markedly personal album yet.

The album takes listeners on a roller coaster of a rocky relationship. Her tone is angry and defiant on 'Don't Hurt Yourself' and 'Sorry' and softens on ballads 'Sandcastles' and 'All Night'.

Beyonce is notoriously guarded in interviews, with this album she has given fans a rare insight into her life and relationship with Jay Z. (She really goes there: 'If you try this shit again, you gonna lose your wife.')

It's this raw honesty that has made Lemonade resonate with so many listeners. Even perfect Beyonce is prepared to admit her relationship is flawed.

The striking lyrics are teamed with experimental production styles, for the first time Beyonce has collaborated with Kendrick Lamar and Jack White and has succeeded in producing an album which sounds fresh and innovative.

Four months on Lemonade seems to be living up to its hype. As always, eyes are on Beyonce's next move.

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