Beyoncé Officially Releases New Album Renaissance And We’re Obsessed
Okay, y'all. It's time for an obligatory WORLD STOP moment: Beyoncé. Is. Back.
B's new album officially dropped after a premature leak that had the Bey-Hive venomously defending the integrity of its release date. Now that it’s actually here as scheduled and we’ve taken a proper listen, it was definitely worth the wait. Boasting a masterful musical cacophony, the sequencing is serving our ears with a contagious tracklist that is both an escape and a return — specifically a return to our bodies via the non-stop dance beats. What a time to be alive!
Aptly titled Renaissance, the album is a melodic signpost of the times. Recorded when we were bound to inside-isms with no end in sight, Renaissance is pulsing with vibrations and syncopations that will inevitably be etched in our minds as the soundtrack for our collective revival.
Beyoncé Renaissance Album Tracklist
I'M THAT GIRL
BREAK MY SOUL
PLASTIC OFF THE SOFA
ALL UP IN YOUR MIND
AMERICA HAS A PROBLEM
"This three-act project was recorded over three years during the pandemic. A time to be still, but also a time I found to be the most creative," Beyoncé explained in a message on her website. "Creating this album allowed me a place to dream and to find escape during a scary time for the world. It allowed me to feel free and adventurous in a time when little else was moving. My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgment. A place to be free of perfectionism and overthinking. A place to scream, release, feel freedom. It was a beautiful journey of exploration."
And what a journey it is. The record's lead single, Break My Soul, broke the internet upon its release late last month. The unapologetic anthem promised to make "The Great Resignation" great again and our feeds were flooded with an infectious rallying cry to release ourselves from what's been plaguing us since the early days of the pandemmy: our jobs, our fears, our inhibitions, our woes... all set to a funky beat that made us groove our troubles away.
Ever the master of reinvention, the totality of Beyoncé's Renaissance is no exception. With it, Queen B returns to our playlists with an updated sound that reflects both old and new school influences, marrying '90s diva house, bounce, and trap — setting the tone and vibes for what is perhaps our most coveted summer season yet.
I’ve had “Cozy” on repeat — it’s moody, bold, and the perfect song to gas me up and keep me going when I’m in the gym or getting ready to hit the streets for a night out.
So, ready your pool floats and SPF 50, because we're about to get our lives back. And we're doing it to the sweet sounds of Beyoncé. Keep scrolling for our favorite Twitter reactions capturing our big mood to B's timely comeback.
The Best Twitter Reactions To Beyoncé's New Album Renaissance
BEYONCÉ TOLD US TO RELEASE OUR JOBS AND IS KEEPIN US UP ALL NIGHT DANCING SO WE HAVE TO
— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) July 29, 2022
Me saying goodbye to the world we currently live in before Beyoncé resets everything tonight #RENAISSANCE pic.twitter.com/qSyfMS13KC
— RENAISSANCE Updates (@B7Album) July 28, 2022
Beyonce said it’s 3 parts to this project #Beyonce #RENAISSANCE pic.twitter.com/CKpXirqbJB
— An angel amongst demons (@amourLAUREN) July 29, 2022
Summer Renaissance 😫😫😫😫😫😫😫😫 #renaissance pic.twitter.com/K6AU9HxW41
— Alexandro (@KidAndTheCity) July 29, 2022
If this what Beyoncé was doing in the house the whole quarantine, LOCK US BACK UP!!!!!!
— Urethra Franklin III (@SpideRhon) July 29, 2022
idk what i've been listening to the last few years but that couldn't have been music bc THIS is real music!! had me on the verge of tears bc it was *too* good #RENAISSANCE pic.twitter.com/76h6hnB2kc
— mrs. eren yeager (@zxratv) July 29, 2022
Off to somebody’s club to dance #RENAISSANCE pic.twitter.com/QiIFNoWxsx
— ⭐️ with a Y ⭐️ ☮️ (@wyntermitchell) July 29, 2022
What it feels like to listen to Renaissance pic.twitter.com/W6zbxXLejP
— Netflix (@netflix) July 29, 2022
these transitions between every song #RENAISSANCE pic.twitter.com/z21zkKPhcw
— justin • renaissance day (@justinzdomain) July 29, 2022
"When the queen come thru part like the red sea"
I whined my waistline IMMEDIATELY!!! This is a whole vibe. #Beyonce #renaissance pic.twitter.com/ZvOIgWjiyp
— I Said What I Said 🤷🏾♀️ (@Ikyfllina93) July 29, 2022
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