Open Thread: Beyocalypsé Now

By Arturo R. García

While we were sleeping, Beyoncé was not. Gaga may have Artpop, but B just made an art of the drop.

In case you missed it or just checked your Twitter feed, Beyoncé released an entire album out of the blue (Ivy), though it’s only available on iTunes until Dec. 21.

But the self-titled album was also accompanied by a “visual album” — basically, she went out and shot videos for every track and released snippets of those on YouTube. For my money, “Pretty Hurts” is already the best dramatic trailer we’re not going to see in theaters this Christmas, “Blow” is a spot-on disco homage/future mashup favorite and somebody’s already seizing on “Partition” to write a think-piece about how Miley Cyrus is MOAR FEMINIST than Beyoncé.

We’ll put some more of the video clips up under the cut and invite you to give your thoughts on those or the album as a whole under the cut.

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  • http://www.cartercubed.com/ Carter Murphy

    The album is growing on me. I still love how she dropped it out of the blue and had an accompanying video for each track and then some.
    Kudos to her.

  • SomeBraveApollo

    Not a fan, but I dig that Haunted video.

  • THenderson

    I bought the album on iTunes and I love it! The lyrics and videos really express how completely comfortable Beyonce is with who she is as a woman and artist. This album is a great F!ck you to the criticism she and her music has received for not being “feminist” enough. She seems to be making a statement that she can identify as a feminist, while being a wife, mother, titling her tour The Mrs. Carter World Tour, sexy, rich, etc. That doesn’t mean her work can’t be critiqued, it can and it should be, but with nuance. There’s a lot of discussion on Twitter about whether this is a feminist album and whether Beyonce can be a feminist. While I personally think this is definitely a feminist album, in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t really matter. A movement that is supposed to be concerned about justice and equality for women shouldn’t waste its time arguing over which celebs are feminist.

    My fav songs and videos from the album are as follows:
    Flawless
    Drunk In Love
    Blow
    Partition
    Pretty Hurts
    No Angel
    Blue
    Yonce
    Jealous
    Grown Woman
    Superpower-While it’s not my fav song, I find the video very interesting.