I would like to personally thank Beyoncé for giving us a reason to feel alive this summer with this album. I would like to thank her for keeping said album to a tight hour-long running time, because nobody has time for anything longer than that in this climate. And I would like to especially thank her for “Alien Superstar,” the standout track from the album, and the song that, if we had any taste at all, should skyrocket into a massive hit and be our collective obsession for the year.
Like most of Renaissance, the remarkable thing about “Alien Superstar” is how it manages to sound both unshakably familiar, like it had already been the soundtrack of some formative moment of joy you’ve experienced in your life, and completely fresh and game-changing. It’s the kind of song that can make you feel like you’re a different person when you’re listening to it—someone who might even be a little more fun and fabulous.
The moment it launches with its pulsing clanks and thumps, your body starts to reflexively convulse. Whatever the musical equivalent is of a vocal strut, Beyoncé works her spoken-word verse like a runway, spitting through lines about how she’s the baddest bitch in the room, and no one else compares. Your spirit starts to catch fire until something new and unfamiliar starts to waft off of you like smoke. Is it—could it be—self-confidence? Dare you feel a little bit of arrogance, some deserved ego? Might you even be tempted to demand attention on a dance floor? Could you even be feeling yourself?
“Alien Superstar” is tailor-made for a Ballroom battle, and I can only imagine how poignant and invigorating it would be to watch. But it’s also a fantastic blend of unabashedly queer and irresistibly accessible.
Credits. Vocal intro by the Foremost Poets from the song entitled "MoonRaker". Beyoncé, Honey Dijon, Christopher Lawrence Penny, Luke Francis Matthew Solomon, MIKE DEAN, Blu June, Brittany Coney, JAY-Z, Lucky Daye, David Hamelin, Labrinth, 070 Shake, Rami, Leven Kali
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