One year ago, Beyoncé had the world watching her one-hour HBO special titled Lemonade. But the premiere wasn’t your standard music doc, it was her sixth studio album, which features Jack White, James Blake, The Weeknd, and Kendrick Lamar.
Upon its release, TIDAL described the album as “a conceptual project based on every woman’s journey of self-knowledge and healing.”
Within hours, reviews of Lemonade began pouring in. The 12-track album racked up nine nominations at the 59th Grammy Awards, winning Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Music Video. It ranked at No. 1 on many Best Albums of 2016 lists, as well. Genius asked a handful of writers behind some of last year’s Lemonade reviews to revisit their work a year later.
Do they agree with their words from a year ago, or do they feel differently now that more time has passed? Find links to all of the annotated reviews below.