Beyonce was going for the shock and awe when she released her “surprise” visual album overnight. This album is made up of 14 videos and 17 songs–a visual masterpiece. It has been described as an unguarded artistic statement. But why the surprise? She didn’t want the anticipation–when the album as a whole was ready she just wanted to release it. She also said that she wants this album to be listened to as just that, an album, no singles. It seems that she is truly treating this like a body of art. I just purchased the album and will be listening to it on repeat. Stay tuned for more commentary. c.