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Lemonade

Beyonce

Lemonade

Sixth solo album from the R'n'B / pop superstar released initially online through Tidal, includes guest vocals from James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd and Jack White

ADM rating[?]

8.7

Label
Parkwood
UK Release date
06/05/2016
US Release date
06/05/2016
  1. 10.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The queen, in middle-fingers-up mode, makes her most powerful, ambitious statement yet
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  2. 10.0 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    It’s a rare album that sounds this warm, this easy, this melodic, this fierce, this startling, this unforgettable
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  3. 10.0 |   Time Out

    ‘Lemonade’ feels like an album only Beyoncé could make
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  4. 10.0 |   The Music

    Lemonade gives us an experimental, thought-provoking, invigorating, cinematic masterpiece that gives voices to minorities
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  5. 10.0 |   The Independent

    Lemonade is fiery, insurgent, fiercely proud, sprawling and sharply focused in its dissatisfaction
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  6. 10.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    With her latest album, she has given us perhaps her greatest gift yet: herself, raw yet polished, beautiful yet ugly
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  7. 10.0 |   The FT

    Whatever its personal motivations, Lemonade is a dazzling work of drama
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  8. 10.0 |   The Observer

    Cynics will cry foul, that Beyoncé remains an entitled superstar, raging at a paper tiger. Those cynics will be ignoring one of this year’s finest albums
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  9. 10.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    For all the scorn and fireworks, LEMONADE is maybe most remarkable for its capacity for healing
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  10. 9.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    This is Beyoncé’s best album yet and one of the most compelling cases ever made for the pop album as confessional art form
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  11. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    All over Lemonade, Beyoncé is describing her own personal reality, on her terms and informed by her worldview. That the album simultaneously pushes mainstream music into smarter, deeper places is simply a reminder of why she remains pop’s queen
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  12. 9.0 |   Clash

    ‘Lemonade’ is Beyoncé at her most benevolent, and her most unadulterated. Treating her blackness not as an affliction but a celebratory beacon, ‘Lemonade’ is a long overdue, cathartic retribution
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  13. 9.0 |   FasterLouder

    Her best album and her most musically diverse
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  14. 9.0 |   Earbuddy

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  15. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    It sees Beyoncé back on top of the pop world ready to slay like only she can
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  16. 9.0 |   Uncut

    Never short on vocal confidence, here, she trades divadom for arresting, unconventional shapes. Print edition only

  17. 9.0 |   Crack

    Lemonade is, intellectually, a reflective piece of work connecting the historical past and present with personal, emotional scars
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  18. 9.0 |   Spin

    In her mastery of carnal and esoteric mysteries, Queen Bey raises the spirits, sizzles the flesh, and rallies her troop
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  19. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    An album in which millions will find their own struggles reflected back to them, as therapeutic as it is utterly dazzling
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  20. 8.5 |   Pitchfork

    The run from “Hold Up” to “6 Inch” contains some of Beyoncé’s strongest work—ever, period
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  21. 8.5 |   AU Review

    This is Beyoncé’s best and most arresting personal statement to date
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  22. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    On Freedom, and indeed for much of Lemonade, Beyonce sounds genuinely imperious
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  23. 8.0 |   Digital Spy

    Personal, political, powerful – hell hath no fury like Beyoncé scorned
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  24. 8.0 |   The 405

    She finds 'Freedom' alongside Kendrick Lamar on the album's personal and political pinnacle - a triumphant reclamation of acceptance and the autonomy accessed through it
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  25. 8.0 |   NME

    Like some of the most anticipated albums of the year so far – Rihanna’s ‘Anti’ and Kanye West’s ‘The Life Of Pablo’ – ‘Lemonade’ is strikingly varied
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  26. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    That rare work where you will remember exactly where you were and exactly who you were with the first time you hear it
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  27. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Lemonade is Beyoncé’s most engaging and consistent record to date, rarely faltering in its vision and proving that the Texan singer isn’t to be messed with
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  28. 8.0 |   Gig Soup

    Beyoncé could have dropped an album of anything and it would have sold well, but she chose to release ‘Lemonade’ - a project that speaks of infidelity, power, retribution, and black womanhood with incredible force and lucidity
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  29. 8.0 |   DIY

    Far from just being an oh-no-he-didn’t tour de force, ‘Lemonade’ matches context with real substance
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  30. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    There is less of the classic R&B sound and more conceptual pop with a frighteningly rough edge
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  31. 8.0 |   Q

    The personal meets the political on pop queen's potent "visual" album. Print edition only

  32. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A cohesive, masterfully crafted project that resists the ephemerality and disposability of the pop song format
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  33. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Lemonade is a dazzling example of pooled talent coalescing around an iconic doyenne. There can be little doubt on whose head Prince’s crown should now sit
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  34. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Cinematic in scope, with gaudy production and high profile features, but it’s also deeply, and often uncomfortably, personal
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  35. 7.0 |   Beardfood

    Lyrically she’s entered the realm of the heavy-hitters, weaving dense metaphoric storylines with the spine of the record
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  36. 7.0 |   All Music

    The cathartic and wounded moments here resonate in a manner matched by few, if any, of Beyoncé's contemporaries
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  37. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Whether the album's lyrics are pure autobiography, or merely a snapshot of true events interwoven with the stories of countless other women, poetic license never sounded so personal
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