By Hayden Wright
Beyoncé has released her new album Lemonade. If you missed her ambitious, cinematic HBO special, the whole album can be streamed on Tidal. Wondering where to start? Some of Lemonade’s most memorable moments are its most experimental—from a megawatt collaboration to a country departure. Check out our favorite tracks below.
“6 Inch” (Featuring The Weeknd)
Beyoncé’s album is light on collaborations, but this one can’t be missed—the brooding track picks up steam with torrid dance beats. The Weeknd’s signature after-hours RnB style meets Beyoncé at her edgiest and most fierce.
This will be heralded as Beyoncé’s first country song, and what a place to start. Bey dropped some of Lemonade‘s most confessional lyrics (about her troubled relationship with father and former manager Matthew Knowles) in this jangly, up-tempo western ride.
“Freedom” (featuring Kendrick Lamar)
Beyoncé created this retro spiritual with special emphasis on our troubled times. It holds up as a throwback specifically because the lyrics address contemporary injustice.
Beyoncé immortalized “to the left, to the left” as a classic send-off, but “Sorry” provides a more sophisticated take on rejection: “middle fingers up, I ain’t thinkin’ ’bout you.” The track’s surprising jubilance merges electronic influences with Beyoncé bravado.
Beyoncé mines Motown for inspiration with some of her best vocals: Think of Amy Winehouse reinterpreted for 2016, with lively brass, gospel choir and a cheeky reconciliation hook. Sexual healing for the Snapchat generation.