African American song goddess, Beyonce Knowles Carter made a historic headline performance at last year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
This prompted it to come to Netflix today, the 17th of April, in the form of a documentary, HOMECOMING, that covers the magic behind the moment and the larger-than-life show.
Beyoncé who is already used to setting the internet into a frenzy with each and every release of hers has decided to gift the world another – a live album of the experience, HOMECOMING: THE LIVE ALBUM, now available on streaming platforms.
The surprise LP runs for 40 tracks and covers the massive setlist that saw her prancing across the stage in majestic outfits as she belted out her biggest hits. Thirty-eight of the cuts here are from the live show. The remaining two are new recordings.
The first is Beyoncé’s cover of Frankie Beverly and Maze’s 1981 hit “Before I Let Go” in which she brings a calming, contemporary energy to the summer-signifying record. The second of the two is a recording of her daughter, Blue Ivy singing “Lift Every Voice And Sing,” the poem written by James Weldon Johnson in 1900 which Beyoncé sang at Coachella last year.
When Netflix released the trailer for HOMECOMING on April 8, the world was thrilled. Prior to that, the streaming service released a graphic with the title on the front with no context; Beyoncé’s calling card is having little to no explanations to surprise announcements so fans immediately speculated that she had something in the works.
The trailer was a work of art, showcasing how Beyoncé herself wouldn’t be the only focus of the documentary.