As you may or not already know, Beyoncé is re-releasing her self-titled surprise album next week complete with new music and a DVD of the Mrs Carter Show World Tour.
The Platinum Edition Box Set includes three remixes of the set’s original tracks and two brand new songs, 7/11 and Ring Off, which frankly should have been left on the cutting room floor.
7/11 is a desperately trashy attempt at a club anthem that plays like a frantic cover of iLoveMakonnen‘s Club Goin Up On A Tuesday – which, for an artist of Bey’s calibre, is not a compliment by any means. Between the baffling use of AutoTune throughout and her yelling “never drop that alcohol”, it’s a cringe-inducing, try-hard song that is genuinely an insult to the flawless album that shocked the world last December.
Thankfully, the second track is better as Beyoncé sings a heartfelt tribute to her mother Tina Knowles on Ring Off. The reggae-tinged single is about how the singer now understands the sacrifices she made for her family living in a failed marriage and celebrates Tina’s new-found happiness after she left Bey’s dad.
She should have left BEYONCÉ untouched as these sloppy additions have ruined its potential legacy. Let me go listen to Haunted and forget about these.