After nearly three weeks of Lucinda Williams’ slow delta blues, I’ll kick start things and close out the week with a little Beyoncé.
The record was Beyoncé’s second solo effort and, looking back now, it’s a charming glimpse at the R&B diva before she took over the world.
Recently, I happened upon a couple of musical performances by women on my laminated freebie list. Fans of the classic sitcom Friends will recall that a “freebie list” names the five celebrities you can take to bed without repercussions from your spouse.
Queen B, joined by Ed Sheeran and Gary Clark, Jr., tore through ‘Fingertips,’ ‘Master Blaster’ (Jammin’)’ and ‘Higher Ground’ in front of an enthusiastic crowd.
It feels more like a holiday season cash-grab than an extension of the very personal and artistic statement she made with the first record.
#10 – Beyoncé – Beyoncé
I can name a few reasons why Beyoncé’s self-titled December 2013 release belongs on this list.
First is the industry-rattling manner in which it was released — as a complete surprise, with no advance publicity and no online leaks (of its very existence, let alone the music). Nobody imagined such a thing was possible in this era of transparency, let alone by the most visible star in the musical universe.