by Shelt Garner
The last album I listened to that was as creative and musically stimulating as Beyonce’s Renaissance was the OutKast double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.
There’s something about the syncopation of much of Renaissance that is so unexpected that it makes you sit up and take notice. It’s really interesting to listen to.
It’s so good, in fact, that I am probably going to listen to the album obsessively for a few days (weeks?) until I get tired of it. It’s just so different than most of the crap being produced these days that it’s very emotionally and intellectually stimulating.
I have to note, as an aside, that it would be interesting if Beyonce did a throwback album that was literally like the Motown sound of the 60s. Or, even more interesting, if she did a straight pop-rock album in the style of Garbage. She’s such a versitle artist and that I doubt if her fanbase would get too upset if she did something like that out in left field.
I don’t get why The Atlantic labeled it a “big, gay mess.” I didn’t discern that from it. It just seemed really creative and interesting to me.
Anyway, Renaissance is a great, great album.