This is her best release by a wide margin and I wish I'd had the space to delve more fully into the production side of things, because I think a lot of it is really interesting and complements what's happening lyrically extemely well. Oh well. Come for the vocals, stay for 'em I suppose.
Also, no, "womanist" is not a typo or some kind of mistake. It's a school of thought which charges feminism with racist undertones, some of which are the acceptance of white beauty standards as the universal norm and they're tackled (effectively if predictably) on "Pretty Hurts," and elsewhere.
I have to say, the production on this album is some of my favorite for a pop release this year. It's sooooooo....crisp I guess the word is? Also, I'm so happy that Bey was able to provide an non-compromised vision for this project. It's seriously amazing.
What are your views on the videos btw? She makes a point that the album is supposed to be an "experience", and the videos are a part of that experience.