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, and "Kitty Kat," a deceptively sweet, rainbow-colored track -- where what sounds like purrs are more like claws-out dismissals -- either 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 Marvin 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. [This edition contains a bonus track "Check on It."]
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: 10/3/2006
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • UPC: 828768813225
  • Catalog Number: 688132

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 (4:40)
  11. 11 Check on It - Slim Thug (14:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Beyoncé Primary Artist, Vocals
Jay-Z Rap
Espen Lind Guitar
Candice Nelson Musician
Ronald Judge Horn
Jon Jon Bass
Allen "Al Geez" Arthur Horn
Aaron "Goody" Goode Horn
Technical Credits
Solange Composer
Rodney Jerkins Composer
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
Kasseem Dean Composer
Geoffrey Rice Engineer
Jamie Rosenberg Engineer
Fusako Chubachi Art Direction
Nathan Jenkins Engineer
Angela Beyince Composer
Sean Garrett Composer, Producer
Candice Nelson Producer
Delisha Thomas Composer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen Instrumentation
Cameron Wallace Producer
Keli Nicole Price Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not the best of beyonce

    I definitely think that beyonce has alot of talent and this album really doesn't show it, dangerously in love was 10 times better. There weren't any tracks that really stood out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    pure excellence

    Every single song has the capabilaty to become a single. I had no choice but to want to listen to the album straight through even the second and third time around.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Ring the alarm"

    I love your song Ring the alarm!!!

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