Beyoncé is streaming the “Platinum Edition” of her self-titled 2013 LP via Spotify. The album features two new tracks, “7/11” and “Ring Off,” along with all-star remixes featuring Kanye West, Pharrell, Nicki Minaj and Mr. Vegas. The physical release, out Monday, also includes music videos, a DVD chronicling the expansive Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, a 2015 Beyoncé mini-calendar and two photo books.
Beyoncé released “7/11” online over the weekend, followed by a homespun, absorbing music video. The clip opens with the singer dancing on a high-rise balcony before she and her dancer friends bring the party inside her home. It’s an unglamorous approach toward filmmaking: Beyoncé herself appears to be holding the camera during some shots. The video also features a split-second cameo from her daughter, Blue Ivy, along with a ski-mask-wearing guest who may or may not be Jay Z.
Musically, “7/11” finds Beyoncé breaking down her dance moves (“I put my hands up, spinning while my hands up”) over a propulsive club beat built on whirring hi-hats and ghostly synths. On the opposite end of the spectrum, “Ring Off” is an intimate ballad about staying emotionally in tact in the face of a failing marriage.
In August, the singer took home three awards at the 2014 VMAs. “Pretty Hurts” was awarded Best Video With a Social Message and Best Cinematography, and the ubiquitous “Drunk In Love” secured Best Collaboration for “Drunk In Love” with Jay Z.