Beyoncé

Beyoncé

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The first 346 days of Beyoncé's 2013 were eventful enough. She headlined the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show, joined by Destiny's Child partners Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. The trio released "Nuclear," an excellent song disregarded for not being an anthem. A documentary, Life Is But a Dream, aired on HBO. There were appearances on albums by Rowland, the-Dream,

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The first 346 days of Beyoncé's 2013 were eventful enough. She headlined the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show, joined by Destiny's Child partners Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. The trio released "Nuclear," an excellent song disregarded for not being an anthem. A documentary, Life Is But a Dream, aired on HBO. There were appearances on albums by Rowland, the-Dream, and husband Jay-Z, as well as a Soundcloud upload "Bow Down/I Been On," passionately debated for its aggression and vulgarity, and the more "ladylike" "Standing on the Sun," a clothing retailer tie-in. And then, on December 13, while engaged in a world tour and when no one expected it, she released her fifth solo studio album with accompanying videos. Easily her best album since B'day, it's among her most entertaining and sexually explicit work, yet it's substantive in every respect. Beyoncé co-wrote and co-produced all of the songs with A-listers like Pharrell, Timbaland, James Fauntleroy, Hit-Boy, and the-Dream, as well as emerging Detroiters Detail and Key Wane and the previously unknown Boots. There are deep references to Beyoncé's competitive showbiz upbringing and acknowledgments of her beloved Houston hometown. "Mine" and "Blue" involve vivid expressions regarding the turbulence and thrill of motherhood. Central track "***Flawless" opens with Ed McMahon's introduction of her preteen group on Star Search, incorporates the combative "Bow Down" and a portion of celebrated Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED talk on feminism, as well as a booming, quotable-packed victory lap. It concludes with McMahon's dismissal of her group, as if to say, "Yeah, but look at me now." There's also a whole lot of romance, heartache, and, most prominently, monogamous sex -- in the kitchen, in a chauffeur-driven car, while drunk. Best of all is "Blow," playfully risqué boogie loaded with instantly memorable lines -- "I'm-a let you be the boss of me," for instance -- and a slick tempo changeup. Soul throwback ballad "Rocket" is a close second, another amusing mix of metaphorical and explicit come-ons. It opens with an elegantly delivered "Let me sit this ass on you." When the album came out, the release itself dominated the chatter. In time, it should be seen as a career highlight from a superstar -- one of the hardest-working people in the business, a new mother, in total control, at her creative and commercial peak. -- Andy Kellman, AllMusic.com

Product Details

Release Date:
12/20/2013
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0888430325128
catalogNumber:
303251
Rank:
3593

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Pretty Hurts
  2. Haunted
  3. Drunk in Love
  4. Blow
  5. No Angel
  6. Partition
  7. Jealous
  8. Rocket
  9. Mine
  10. XO
  11. ***Flawless
  12. Superpower
  13. Heaven
  14. Blue

Disc 2

  1. Pretty Hurts [Video] [DVD]
  2. Ghost [Video] [DVD]
  3. Haunted [Video] [DVD]
  4. Drunk in Love [Video] [DVD]
  5. Blow [Video] [DVD]
  6. No Angel [Video] [DVD]
  7. Yoncé [Video]
  8. Partition [Video] [DVD]
  9. Jealous [Video] [DVD]
  10. Rocket [Video] [DVD]
  11. Mine [Video] [DVD]
  12. XO [Video] [DVD]
  13. ***Flawless [Video] [DVD]
  14. Superpower [Video] [DVD]
  15. Heaven [Video] [DVD]
  16. Blue [Video] [DVD]
  17. Grown Woman [Video] [DVD]

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beyoncé   Primary Artist

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Beyoncé 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
best album of hers i heard in a long time. great job, plus the videos are beautifully done.
DomVA More than 1 year ago
Beyonce fan for life. When you listen to the album, you like some of the songs but when you watch the videos and then listen to the album, YOU LOVE ALL OF THE SONGS! She did an awesome job with all of the videos and a visual album was a very creative idea. Can't go wrong with a Beyonce album, ever! Can't wait for Part 2!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This album is truly a masterpiece! Beyoncé's most personal album yet. The videos flow like a movie. 14 QUALITY song and 17 QUALITY videos, you definitely get your money's worth! Well done Mrs. Carter!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This album is a musical and visual masterpiece. Well done, Beyoncé. Well done.
Sexy-Nerd More than 1 year ago
I have always been a beyonce fan. I have fall in love with her again. She is a smart business woman for sure. Love this album so much. This is a must have for any true fans of hers.
drewnlucy2 More than 1 year ago
The best ever! Beyonce at her greatest commercial feat! I recommend this as a gift for any occasion. 5 Platinum Stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why did I review the album? I didn't even know about it until my sister sent me an email about it. I promised her I would review it Did I like it? Yes Will I listen again? I already have… about 30 times I don't expect any of you to like it as much as I did, but at least I could explain why I loved it. For years I stayed away from Beyoncé because I felt like she wasted her talent with a lot of songs that didn't showcase her voice, but instead relied on catchiness and hype that would ensure radio play (but I never listened to her albums so I’m not quite being fair). This one finally gave me what I have been begging for. Every time I listen I notice something new and find something else to like. I gave out 5 stars like candy. I haven't given out this many 5star ratings since Macklemore’s The Heist and The Fray's How to Save a Life. It’s an album that explores her vision and what is important to her. That’s important because the best music is created (usually) when an artist is emotionally tied to the work. If this is an indication of Beyoncé's capabilities when no one is screaming in her ear to make a certain type of song, I’ll support her because she's proven that she won’t disappoint. The album nailed her range as a vocalist, while toying with beats to keep each song fresh and original. The topics covered on the album are diverse. One song details her love for Jay, while another forces her to confront her own insecurities, to another that cites the hypocrisy in the world, and even includes a redefining of death. The albums mission is vast but it handles them masterfully. Beyoncé’s Beyoncé is my favorite album of 2013. A track by track review is available at Rhythm& Reviews My Favs 3. Blue 2. Rocket 1. Heaven Overall Rating: 93  with a Classic recommendation  
Angi3 More than 1 year ago
Queen B did it again......Hail to the Queen of Soul.... Ur #1 Fan MrzM3na
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TOO explicit & vulgar and I cant beleive Barnes & Noble is selling it!