Beyoncé – RENAISSANCE (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:02:21 minutes | 726 MB | Genre: Pop, R&B
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia Records
Unique, strong, and sexy—that’s how Beyoncé wants you to feel while listening to RENAISSANCE. Crafted during the grips of the pandemic, her seventh solo album is a celebration of freedom and a complete immersion into house and dance that serves as the perfect sound bed for themes of liberation, release, self-assuredness, and unfiltered confidence across its 16 tracks. RENAISSANCE is playful and energetic in a way that captures that Friday-night, just-got-paid, anything-can-happen feeling, underscored by reiterated appeals to unyoke yourself from the weight of others’ expectations and revel in the totality of who you are.
From the classic four-on-the-floor house moods of the Robin S.- and Big Freedia-sampling lead single “BREAK MY SOUL” to the Afro-tech of the Grace Jones- and Tems-assisted “MOVE” and the funky, rollerskating disco feeling of “CUFF IT,” this is a massive yet elegantly composed buffet of sound, richly packed with anthemic morsels that pull you in.
There are soft moments here, too: “I know you can’t help but to be yourself around me,” she coos on “PLASTIC OFF THE SOFA,” the kind of warm, whispers-in-the-ear love song you’d expect to hear at a summer cookout—complete with an intricate interplay between vocals and guitar that gives Beyoncé a chance to showcase some incredible vocal dexterity. “CHURCH GIRL” fuses R&B, gospel, and hip-hop to tell a survivor’s story: “I’m finally on the other side/I finally found the extra smiles/Swimming through the oceans of tears we cried.”
An explicit celebration of Blackness, “COZY” is the mantra of a woman who has nothing to prove to anyone—“Comfortable in my skin/Cozy with who I am,” ” Beyoncé muses on the chorus. And on “PURE/HONEY,” Beyoncé immerses herself in ballroom culture, incorporating drag performance chants and a Kevin Aviance sample on the first half that give way to the disco-drenched second half, cementing the song as an immediate dance-floor favorite. It’s the perfect lead-in to the album closer “SUMMER RENAISSANCE,” which propels the dreamy escapist disco of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” even further into the future.
the 8/02 update includes the new versions of “ENERGY” and “HEATED”.
1-01. Beyoncé – I’M THAT GIRL (03:28)
1-02. Beyoncé – COZY (03:30)
1-03. Beyoncé – ALIEN SUPERSTAR (03:35)
1-04. Beyoncé – CUFF IT (03:45)
1-05. Beyoncé – ENERGY (01:56)
1-06. Beyoncé – BREAK MY SOUL (04:38)
1-07. Beyoncé – CHURCH GIRL (03:44)
1-08. Beyoncé – PLASTIC OFF THE SOFA (04:14)
1-09. Beyoncé – VIRGO’S GROOVE (06:08)
1-10. Beyoncé – MOVE (03:23)
1-11. Beyoncé – HEATED (04:20)
1-12. Beyoncé – THIQUE (04:04)
1-13. Beyoncé – ALL UP IN YOUR MIND (02:49)
1-14. Beyoncé – AMERICA HAS A PROBLEM (03:18)
1-15. Beyoncé – PURE/HONEY (04:48)
1-16. Beyoncé – SUMMER RENAISSANCE (04:33)