B'Day

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
On her aptly titled sophomore disc, Beyoncé parties like it's her B'Day. And with good reason -- the disc's release coincides with the No. 1 stunner's 25th birthday. Admittedly, the festivities got off to a shaky start with the lackluster, '70s-soul-informed "Déjà Vu." But boy, did Queen B set the party back on track with the second single, the artfully angry "Ring the Alarm" -- a siren sound-off to any girl trying to push up on her man the rumor mill has it this sonic missive was fired at Jay-Z protégée Rihanna. Unlike Beyoncé's polished-yet-disjointed debut, Dangerously in Love, B'Day, recorded in just two weeks, is a grittier, more cohesive affair. The best ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
On her aptly titled sophomore disc, Beyoncé parties like it's her B'Day. And with good reason -- the disc's release coincides with the No. 1 stunner's 25th birthday. Admittedly, the festivities got off to a shaky start with the lackluster, '70s-soul-informed "Déjà Vu." But boy, did Queen B set the party back on track with the second single, the artfully angry "Ring the Alarm" -- a siren sound-off to any girl trying to push up on her man the rumor mill has it this sonic missive was fired at Jay-Z protégée Rihanna. Unlike Beyoncé's polished-yet-disjointed debut, Dangerously in Love, B'Day, recorded in just two weeks, is a grittier, more cohesive affair. The best tracks are geared for the club: "Crazy in Love" producer Rich Harrison checks in with two more sweaty rump shakers -- "Suga Mama," a juicy slice of back water blues that would make Tina Turner proud, and the bombastic "Freakum Dress" -- and Swizz Beatz turns up the heat with the funky nursery rhyme, "Get Me Bodied" an extended version closes the disc and the aforementioned "Ring the Alarm." Even when the tempo slows, you won't find any soaring ballads like "Dangerously in Love" here. Instead, on the military drill-inspired "Irreplaceable," Beyoncé forewarns her lover, "I'll have another you by tomorrow / So don't you ever for a second get to thinkin' you're irreplaceable," and on the doo-woppish "Resentment," Beyoncé sounds as if she's stepped into her heartbroken Dreamgirls character, Deena, as she struggles to forgive her man's cheatin' ways. B'Day may not be the album anticipated by fans who've grown accustomed to Beyoncé as a polite and picture-perfect Destiny's Child, but artistically, this is the refreshingly unhinged album she was destined to make.
All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
At least one tactic or event preceding the release of Beyoncé's second solo album inspired a bemused three-syllable exclamation from anyone who was paying attention. The lead single, the late-'70s-funk-inspired "Deja Vu," had the audacity to not be as monstrous as "Crazy in Love" -- its stay at the top of the charts was relatively brief, so clearly there was evidence of some drop-off there. This was quickly followed by "Ring the Alarm," an angered, atonal, and out-of-character song with an accompanying video that invited all kinds of perplexed analysis, along with debate on whether Beyoncé was being autobiographical or, as the singer claimed, channeling her Dreamgirls character. All of this gave the haters plenty of ammo when anything less than 100 percent polite, ladylike, and expected was bound to do the trick. Add to this an album title that can be pronounced just like "bidet," along with the advertisement that the album's ten songs were whipped up in two weeks, and you have yourself a career-killing train wreck. B'day isn't even close to that. While Beyoncé does sound like she's in a bit of a hurry throughout the album, and there are no songs with the smooth elegance of "Me, Myself and I" or "Be with You," it is lean in a beneficial way, propelled by just as many highlights as the overlong Dangerously in Love. Two collaborations with Rich Harrison swagger and preen: "Been locked up in the house way too long/It's time to get it, 'cause once again he's out doing wrong" the blaring/marching "Freakum Dress"; "Don't give me no lip, let mama do it all" the spectacularly layered "Suga Mama". The Neptunes assist on "Green Light," an ambitious, fleet-footed number that continually switches tempos and sounds, as well as "Kitty Kat," a deceptively sweet, rainbow-colored track -- where what sounds like purrs are more like claws-out dismissals -- that could've been pulled from one of the first three Kelis albums. And even with an entirely bonkers line like "I can do for you what Martin did for the people," "Upgrade U" is the most potent track on the album, a low-slung Cameron Wallace production where Beyoncé wears and buys the pants while making her proposition sound more like empowerment than emasculation. If the circus surrounding this whole thing -- which could take up to ten pages to document -- was an elaborate ploy to transform Beyoncé into an underdog, there really is some kind of genius at play, but it's extremely unlikely that anyone in her camp could've predicted that the expectations and reactions would be less rational than any of Beyoncé's decisions and actions. There is nothing desperate or weak about this album.
New York Times - Jon Pareles
With an album as premeditated and as nutty as “B’Day,” Beyoncé now qualifies as a full-fledged diva.
Entertainment Weekly - Jody Rosen
On her second solo album, B'Day, the songs arrive in huge gusts of rhythm and emotion, with Beyoncé's voice rippling over clattery beats; you'd have to search far and wide...to find a vocalist who sings with more sheer force. [B+]

With an album as premeditated and as nutty as “B’Day,” Beyoncé now qualifies as a full-fledged diva.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/5/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969092026
  • Catalog Number: 90920
  • Sales rank: 12,040

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Deja Vu (4:00)
  2. 2 Get Me Bodied (3:25)
  3. 3 Suga Mama (3:25)
  4. 4 Upgrade U (4:32)
  5. 5 Ring the Alarm (3:23)
  6. 6 Kitty Kat (3:55)
  7. 7 Freakum Dress (3:20)
  8. 8 Green Light (3:29)
  9. 9 Irreplaceable (3:47)
  10. 10 Resentment (15:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Beyoncé Primary Artist, Vocals
Rodney Jerkins Musician
Jay-Z Rap
Espen Lind Guitar
Candice Nelson Musician
Ronald Judge Horn
Jon Jon Bass
Allen "Al Geez" Arthur Horn
Aaron "Goody" Goode Horn
Walter Millsap Musician
Technical Credits
Brian Gardner Mastering
Solange Composer
Rodney Jerkins Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements
S. Smith Producer
Clarence Reid Composer
Jay-Z Composer
Erwin Gorostiza Art Direction
Jim Caruana Engineer
Pharrell Williams Composer
Stargate Audio Production
Shawn Carter Composer
Beyoncé Knowles Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Producer
The Neptunes Audio Production
Mathew Knowles Executive Producer
Swizz Beatz Audio Production
Willie Clarke Composer
Rich Harrison Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Tor Erik Hermanson Instrumentation
Geoffrey Rice Engineer
Jamie Rosenberg Engineer
Fusako Chubachi Art Direction
Angela Beyince Composer
Sean Garrett Composer, Producer
Candice Nelson Producer
Delisha Thomas Composer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen Composer, Instrumentation
Cameron Wallace Producer
Keli Nicole Price Composer
Tor Erik Hermansen Composer
Walter Millsap Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    it could have been better but it failed

    this album fell very short i was expecting it to sound just like britney speares album blackout i heard how good this album when i was going to high school and middle school she has changed beyonce is still doing her thang she has one very powerfull singing voice beyonce even blows lil jon and the east side boyz out of the water she even blows lil wayne out of the water including mike jones out of the water but people change things change i still have mad respect for beyonce but this album is still on my ipod and i cant stop listening to it

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    AWESOME!

    I think this was a great album. It features amazing songs. It will have anyone on the dance floor dancing. ^___^

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    There is not enough songs on this album

    It's a good cd but only 11 songs, that's a teaser. Now she re-released B'Day with six new songs. Artists need to stop doin that because people may not want the same album with more songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    B'Day

    I love beyonce so much i just this cd of hers for christmas today & it's the best cd ever.I love every song on her cd beyonce is my favorite & i love her music

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beyonce is now in a league of her own

    I must say that this album is truly an achievement. I have no complaints about the length of the CD. This album is tight from start to finish. Each song is worth radio play and what I'm most proud of is that I'm able to hear Beyonce's growth. This is just not another RnB album. In my opinion, this album deserves a nomination for album of the year. I mean there is some serious vocal strength/power in these songs. I hear more confidence. It sounds like Beyonce is coming into her own and I'm enjoying it. This is a must add for your collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What More Can I Say?

    Beyonce has done HER thing with B-Day. I have to admit, I wasn't sure what to expect on the album after hearing Deja Vu, but I did know that whatever the album had to offer, I had to have it! I heard the single for the 1st time when she performed it at the BET '06 Awards. She looked beautiful, (as usual) and she rocked it. With her man Jay-Z at her side, Beyonce showed the world that she wasn't done yet. The album is ingenius. This girl has taken talent to a whole new level. Open your minds people, R&B is a broad range of music from a broad range of artists and Beyonce has shown me and the world that she is serious about her's and she's here to stay for a long while. I can definitely vibe with her whole woman empowerment movement. This CD makes me want to scream, I AM A WOMAN AND I LOVE BEING ME!!!!!! I feel her on every song. It's different, it's funky, it's inspiring. I feel like with this album she is more comfortable with herself and wants her listeners to feel more comfortable with themselves. "Get Me Bodied" is one of my favorites, of course it's so hard for me to single them out because I love the whole CD, but "Irreplaceble" is a song that everyone should hear, men and women alike. I'm sure that most people can relate to the words of this song or at least know someone who can. What I really love most is that she is coming into her own as a woman on this album, yet she keeps it very classy, not too over the top. I can't wait for the next entry in my Beyonce journal, whether it be with Destiny's Child or just her as a solo artist. She personifies class, beauty and control. Keep doin it B!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Go Beyonce'!!

    beyonce has done it again with her sophmore album. im a fan for life and the album is tight. so get a copy of your own and make sure ya'll go promote her new movie "dream girls" in theatres December 25, 2006. now thats a good christmas present.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fresh, Raw, and Funky!

    When I heard B had a new album dropping I wasn't too excited. I never heard Deja Vu on the radio, but caught a slice of it while shopping in Express. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't impressive either. But when I heard Ring the Alarm I had decided to check it out. B'Day is one of those rare albums that popular artists realese that completely throw away all previous conceptions. Shedding her good girl image and revelling in angst and sexual provoacteur, B proves that she's more relevant than ever. The Neptunes produced song Kitty Kat features Beyonce crying out for some lovin'. It has elements of Kelis, Marvin, and all the soul-singers, yet it's still fresh and original. On the slow jam Irreplacable, B sounds out on love lost and mistakes you shouldn'ta made. It's beautiful but still very funky. Another highlight includes the bizarre Freakum Dress, where Beyonce sings about enticing a stranger 'cos she ain't getting any from her man. All of this is done over the clammering Rich Harrison production. This album is a gem. Definetely a Grammy contender. *Although the songs mentioned are stellar, the entire album is spectacular. And I'm not a Beyonce fan, so that's saying quite a bit. (I may become a Beyonce fan if she continues in this brash, raw style.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ...Its ok....

    ...brought the CD...its ok...not as great as her 1st one. In her second CD its more pop, mixed with a little alternative, with just enough RB/Hip Hop. I think this is her, "I just want to be free and be me" album. It has to grow on you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wonderful!

    This ambum is like no other. The music is great! I love "ring the alarm"!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's okay

    I do like this CD but Beyonce borrows from a lot of people style (which she thinks is original) because Deja Vu is Teena Maire all day long. Moreover, you can tell she wrote "Upgrade U", "Ring the Alarm", and "Freakum Dress" because they are not as sharp lyrical as the rest of the songs. However not caring for 3 out of 10 songs is still a good thing...so I'll pick this one up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    dont believe the hype

    the bad press had me goin, but when i heard it, i cant take it out my car. i believe it has strong female written all over it. some cant handle that. all the songs are catchy and i love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She did it again! Despite the rumors the album is Hot!

    This album is Great I loved all of it although I had to listen to it like twice before I could actually give it a fair review. Its totally different for her but its a great album. The beats are hot and so are the lyrics. She took a totally different direction from Dangerously in Love but she still did her thing. Why cant she make creatively different album without everyone hating on her?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A new fan....

    I knew she had talent but didn't purchase her first cd because "Dangerously In Love" didn't do it for me. I was watching her B'day Bash on BET and they played a few clips of this cd and when I heard "Get Me" I had to rush to the store and pick up the cd. This has been in my cd player ever since then.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Different Beyonce, Great CD!

    Beyonce's 2nd CD is so different, it's not her style of lyrics and music, yet she does it so well!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Something completely different!!!

    I have to admit, I did not think Beyonce would take this artistic turn for her softmore album. When the singles "Deja Vu" as well as "Ring the Alarm" came out, I was quite perplexed. I was afraid Beyonce was heading for disaster. I got the cd as a birthday gift, and I'm impressed!!! NONE OF THE SONGS ARE SIMILAR TO THOSE OF HER DANGEROUSLY IN LOVE ALBUM!!! Although her solo debut was great, she was still in her comfort zone. With B'Day, she does the unpredictable. I agree with those who think she sounds hurried, but that's a minor problem. In songs like "Kitty Kat" and "Freekum Dress", she pushes the sexual envelope. She also a lot more aggressive and gritty. For those who expected Dangerously In Love #2 are not being realistic. Doing the same thing over and over gets boring. Artists(at least the talented ones) have to evolve with their music. And she does so successfully!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    B'Day's Not All That

    This CD was disappointing and not as sharp and good as Dangerously In Love...I couldn't wait till the CD dropped and I listened and dropped into the hands of my daughter...I can't get with this CD maybe the next one will be better...Still a fan though

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Off the Hook!

    This album is excellent. I love the fact that B'day has moved away from the 'people pleasing', this is a harder, edgier even darker Beyonce and I love it. My favourite track is 'Suga Mama' a 60's inspired piece of soul that is infectious, Get me bodied, Freekum dress, Check on it, and Green Light are all extremely great anthems for the club, Ring the alarm fires out a stark warning: 'You think you just gonna walk in and take my man? You better think again, Missy!' Go Bee! Irreplaceable is very clever song about a man who thinks you should be grateful to have him and Bee gently tells him that she isn't, then we have Resentment with just rings with pain at the moment that you discover your man is cheating on you. I also love Kitty Kat a sexy piece of something that will have your man purring into your arms also I was surprised and delighted by Upgrade you, Beyonce gives this song a smooth sexy feel that is irrisistable. I tell you, with all the rumours surrounding this album, I was scared. I really thought she made a bad album, I still would have bought it but I would have been disappointed in her. I am here to tell you I am not disappointed. I am speaking as a woman who is extremely fussy about what I listen to in terms of music. Beyonce surprises you, on this album she proves that the days of polite Beyonce have gone, she is moving on both lyrically and musically. She could have stayed 'safe' more ballards like she did on Dangerously in Love, but she shows bravery takes the music forward. Boy! The girl delivers. Buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Forecast of B'Day

    If you are a true Beyonce fan you should know she writes her true feelings in her music. Although she is a quiet as kept type of person, Beyonce has many wonderful talents and also reveals much of herself through her music. I like the first two singles, however the album sounds to me a bit rushed. I really think Beyonce could have done a much better job on her sophmore album than whats presented to the public. Like her boyfriend said in his black album "treat my first like my last and my last like my frist" She should have made sure her next album was a better album than her first. If I were to take a poll with 10 people, 7 out of 10 would prefer her freshman album rather than this one. I am very open minded to change and I embrace her new image. I think its very sexy and sensual. I just don't know how well the ablum will do in sales.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bee still on TOP

    This CD is mad HOT. I love the track Upgrade U because behind every good man is a good woman. I can't wait for her tour in 2007.

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