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Renaissance reviews round-up: Critics celebrate Beyonce’s unqualified liberation in latest album

The highly anticipated album from Beyoncé Renaissance was released today (July 29) to overwhelming praise from critics, who say its danceable, soulful beats hint at a “proud comeback”.

The new LP is the 40-year-old singer’s seventh studio album. It contains 16 tracks including the lead single “Break My Soul”.

This album is the first part of a “three act project” and features contributions from Jay-Z, 070 Shake, Drake, Tems and more.

Renaissance is Beyoncé’s first solo studio album since 2016 lemonadein which she addressed issues such as infidelity, black femininity and forgiveness.

However where Lemonade “spoke to her broken mindset after discovering the existence of Becky with the Good Hair, the title and sleeve of her seventh album. RenaissanceShe hints at a proud comeback for the empress of self-worth,” she said that of the independent Markus Beaumont.

“That there’s filler material in the first hour of Beyoncé’s new trilogy suggests we’re being lenient,” he added. “But there are bangers and lemonade-like genre leaps also bode well for Beyonce’s defiant emotional renaissance.”

USAToday Melissa Ruggieri agreed, adding, “Beyoncé knows there’s no need to apologize. Not that she’s ever felt that way, but now she’s totally free.”

Beyoncé in the artwork of her new album “Renaissance”

(Mason Poole)

Similar, NMEs Kyann-Sian Williams felt that Renaissance “marks the sound of a refreshed artist”.

“It positions Beyoncé as a diva stepping into her Whitney Greatest Hits era,” wrote pitchfork Julianne Escobedo Shepherd. “Having conquered virtually every other genre, it’s high time for body music.”

“Touted as Act I of a confirmed trilogy, Renaissance is not Beyoncé’s best full-length album, but it still fulfills her liberation goals,” she argued The Guardians Tara Joshi. “Your sense of freedom is palpable everywhere and an infectious spur to action.”

Meanwhile, fans have praised it Renaissance as Beyoncé’s “Album of the Damn Year”.

Read that of the independent Full four star review here.

Renaissance is now available to stream.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/beyonce-renaissance-critics-review-roundup-b2134105.html Renaissance reviews round-up: Critics celebrate Beyonce’s unqualified liberation in latest album

JOE HERNANDEZ

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