The two new tracks from Beyoncé‘s upcoming deluxe edition of last year’s self-titled album have surfaced, and they could hardly be more different.
The more immediately compelling is “Ring Off,” a gliding midtempo reflection on a mother’s courageous decision to leave behind her cheating husband. It comes as Tina Knowles, who last month opened up about her 2011 divorce from Beyoncé’s father, has been front and center in the public eye after Solange Knowles’s wedding. “Put your love on top,” Beyoncé coos, cleverly flipping the title of her bouncy marital-bliss ode from 2011′s 4, in a year that, from iLoveMakonnen to Kendrick Lamar’s “i,” has been a banner one for self-love. The spoken-word outro helps tie the track into the feel of the overall album, but it’s a song that resonates powerfully on its own.
“7/11″ is murky and rap-leaning, similar to “Bow Down” from the album but with a more directly party-oriented lyrical theme. “Don’t you drop that alcohol,” Yoncé drawls. The beats space out, then fall away entirely, for a “Haunted”-like conclusion where she repeats, “I’m fresher than you.” These days, she could be talking to just about everybody.
The Beyoncé Platinum Edition Box Set will be available on November 24. It also includes remixes with Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Jamaican dancehall singer Mr. Vega, along with the “***Flawless” remix featuring Nicki Minaj.
Listen to “Ring Off” and “7/11″ below.