Beyoncé has a surprise: 'Homecoming: The Live Album'

Christie D'Zurilla, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

Beyonce tweets but once a year, and this time it was to announce the release of "Homecoming: The Live Album," a surprise collection of music from her show-stopping 2018 performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival -- aka "Bey-chella."

The record, which is the artist's 14th release and her fifth live album, is an unexpected accompaniment to her "Homecoming" documentary, which hit "Netflix" simultaneously early Wednesday.

"Beyonce could have just come to the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and played the hits. She didn't," The Times' Gerrick D. Kennedy writes in his review of the new film. "The artist instead opted to conceptualize a performance that paid tribute to black culture, and championed -- and even challenged -- her black fans."

The nearly 2 1/2-hour movie shows the planning and rehearsals that went into the set, which is a salute to black colleges, and offers a rare look into her personal orbit, he said.

The 40 tracks captured on the live album include "Lose My Breath," "Say My Name" and "Soldier" with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, which reunited for the 2018 Coachella set. There's a track featuring Jay-Z, one with daughter Blue Ivy Carter and two bonus cuts, "Before I Let Go" and "I Been On."

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"Homecoming: The Live Album" is available now across major streaming platforms, including Tidal, Spotify, Apple Music and more, and can be purchased via iTunes.

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