Album Reviews

Beyoncé gets back to the dancefloor on album number seven

The R&B superstar’s latest offering is more liberationist pop than an overt political statement

Beyoncé: Renaissance has a warm confessional tone that flirts and a subtext that really gets to the point

Pop: Beyoncé, Renaissance (Parkwood/Columbia)

Beyoncé may not, at this juncture, have had the same career longevity of once similarly progressive pop stars such as Michael Jackson and Madonna. But has any singer/songwriter delivered anything as culturally inspiring as Lemonade, her 2016 “visual album” that is now recognised as a significant addition to black contemporary art?

Renaissance might not have as much cultural clout, but if you’re looking for dance-friendly songs that include 1980s club, deeper-than-deep ...