Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages
the online library of pop writing


John Lewis, Populous, May 2014

IF YOU WANT an embodiment of the contradictions that seem to define Beyoncé Knowles, just listen to her 2008 anthem 'Single Ladies'. Sonically, it's one of the most thrilling and futuristic R&B songs of recent years. Beyoncé's vocals emerge over a series of handclaps, foot-stomps and chirruping ringtones, as if a clutch of children in a playground have formed a circle around her and forced her to improvise a song.

Total word count of piece: 1889


Becoming a member is easy. Membership gives you access to all the thousands of articles in the library.

Click here to go to Subscribe page.

Click here for academic and other group subscriptions.