So I watched Beyoncé’s new hit “Formation.” The video is sensationally talented. I’m not very visually oriented but even I can see that it’s a freaking work of art. Not a single frame is out of place. There is so much meaning to every image. Gosh, I could be watching this video for hours and not get enough. This video inspires one’s intellect to work, and I suggest watching it if you need a jolt of enthusiasm for intellectual labor. I had no idea such talented videos were being created.
The lyrics are great, too, strong, meaningful, original. Good lyrics.
The music, however, fails to live up. The stunning artistic feat of the video deserves more than this vapid imitation of Lady Gaga. I know Beyoncé’s fans will be unhappy, and hey, I love Beyoncé, she’s extraordinarily talented. And I love Lady Gaga, too, she’s fantastic. But the insistent Lady Gagaization of the entire music space needs to stop.
Beyoncé could have done a lot more to live up to the video.
P.S. People are now saying that the video is a cynical ploy to appeal to white folks while betraying the interests of black people. Obviously, it’s not for me to say how black viewers will respond to the video but I absolutely insist that it has great artistic value irrespective of the race of the spectators.