MUSIC: Lemon Zest

It's Margarita Monday. Try your $3 Margarita with lemon today. :-)

We finally know what Beyonce's mysterious Lemonade actually is.

Using spoken word, fashion and lots of lyrics about relationships, infidelity, empowerment and love, the singer presented her new music Saturday night in a serious of stylized music videos on HBO. She told the story of a woman not to be trifled with. The "visual album" offered something the music world has never seen before. The internet responded accordingly.

According to the New York Times:

Marital strife smolders, explodes and uneasily subsides on “Lemonade”, the album Beyoncé flash-released on Saturday night. “You can taste the dishonesty/It’s all over your breath” are the first words she sings in “Pray You Catch Me,” and that’s just the beginning of an album that probes betrayal, jealousy, revenge and rage before dutifully willing itself toward reconciliation at the end. Many of the accusations are aimed specifically and recognizably at her husband, Shawn Carter, the rapper Jay Z. “Tonight I regret the night I put that ring on,” she talk-sings in “Sorry,” a twitchy, flippant song that’s by no means an apology. It’s a combative, unglossy track on an album full of them.

    News media outlets are gushing. It seems that no one dislikes the album. One reviewer called the weakest song (the lemon of the bunch) on the album the fifth track, "Six Inch," where, before listening, we thought she'd be dissing her husband's prowess, or maybe a veiled attempt to dig the knife in deeper to Jared of Subway, but that theory collapses with the first line of the song, "Six inch heels she walked in the club like nobody's business…" The song is a collaboration with The Weeknd.

    "Beyoncé is the greatest artist of all time!" claim many fans. And, while we still believe she's a great artist/performer and provocateur, we have proof that (unlike the musician Beck, for instance, who writes his own music and plays all the instruments on his albums — sorry, Kanye) she's an artist who gets lots of help. The credits on the song, "Hold Up" read as follows: Written by Nick Zinner, Karen O, Brian Chase , Soulja Boy, Kevin McConnell, Antonio Randolph, Mort Schuman, Emile Haynie, Doc Pomus, MeLo-X, MNEK, Ezra Koenig, Beyoncé, Father John Misty, and Diplo.

    That's FIFTEEN writers for a song whose zesty lyrics include:

    I don't wanna lose my pride, but I'ma fuck me up a bitch
    Know that I kept it sexy and know I kept it fun
    Something that I'm missing might be my head for once

    They say this song will be the hit of the summer!
    Start memorizing now…

    We've downloaded Lemonade, the video and the songs. We'll be playing them for you today (and probably all week and bey-ond…).