a long hiatus following her first self-titled visual album (see Beyoncé’s Late
Night Video Shoot at The Standard, High Line), the random
drop of "Formation" the day before the
Super Bowl, and a Formation Tour sans a confirmed album date during her Super Bowl performance, the debut
of Beyoncé’s second visual album Lemonade is certainly one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year, and its reception is proving to be one of the more noteworthy releases of recent times.
Aside from the sheer brilliance of what has been dubbed as a "masterpiece of black feminism," over the course of a 57-minute long journey Queen B's album acts as a step-by-step guide through the stages of grief (intuition, denial, anger, apathy, emptiness, accountability, reformation, forgiveness, resurrection, hope, and redemption).
Bey’s timing couldn’t have been better. According to Facebook analytics, breakups peak from Valentine's Day to mid-March. Now that you've survived the hump, let Standard Culture guide you to redemption using Beyoncé’s album title motivation and the old adage, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”