This Is What I Read And Watch To Escape My Stupid Life

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“Schoolin’ Life” by Beyonce. Like many people who are still reeling from Beyoncé’s excellent, rejuvenating, immaculate apotheosis of an album, Renaissance, I’ve been digging back into her archive and rediscovering some older gems. Although 2011’s 4 is often overlooked as the dud that preceded Beyoncé’s head-turning Beyonce record, it’s actually one of my favorite albums by her. I mean, come on: “countdown”? “party”? “I care”? 4 was the album we deserved, but not the one we needed at the time.

Specifically, I’m fond of “Schoolin’ Life,” an unabashedly earnest ode to youth’s thrilling hold on us all. “Schoolin’ Life” embraces what so much of modern pop — including Beyoncé’s own new music — is too cool and blasé to , and it’s captivating. “This is for them bitter somethings / Stop living in regret, baby, it’s not over yet,” Beyoncé sings. Somehow, over a decade later, her message feels more urgent than ever.

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