Dangerously in Love

Dangerously in Love

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by Beyoncé
     
 

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Like the best booty-shakin' go-go jam (think E.U.'s "Da Butt" or DJ Kool's "Let Me Clear My Throat"), "Crazy in Love" -- the spastic drum- and horn-propelled lead single from Beyoncé Knowles's long-awaited solo disc -- commands listeners to move somethin'. And the lust fest doesn't stop there. Although she's beckoned us to "say my name, say my name" before,See more details below

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Like the best booty-shakin' go-go jam (think E.U.'s "Da Butt" or DJ Kool's "Let Me Clear My Throat"), "Crazy in Love" -- the spastic drum- and horn-propelled lead single from Beyoncé Knowles's long-awaited solo disc -- commands listeners to move somethin'. And the lust fest doesn't stop there. Although she's beckoned us to "say my name, say my name" before, somehow when Beyoncé purrs, "I'm feeling sexy / I want to hear you say my name, boy," on "Naughty Girl" (which snags lyrics from Donna Summer's "Love to Love You Baby"), the request sounds, well, naughtier. From the sound of those scintillating songs (and one look at the steamy video for "Crazy in Love"), it's obvious that this hormone-fueled and Dangerously in Love Beyoncé is ready to shed her good-girl image -- a welcome makeover for fans who've been infatuated with the caramel vixen and her powerhouse pipes since she proclaimed her bootylicious-ness back in 2001. Musically, however, the disc doesn't quite sustain the sexually charged energy of the lead single. Although Knowles wrangled top-shelf collaborations with dancehall star Sean Paul (the Hindi-meets-hip-hop-driven "Bad Boy"), Missy Elliott (the playful "Signs"), OutKast's Big Boi (the Dirty South dirge "Hip Hop Star"), and Luther Vandross (a remake of Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway's duet "The Closer I Get to You," also found on Vandross's Dance with My Father), the disc was executive-produced by Beyoncé's dad, Matthew Knowles, who ensures it has the generic, CCM-cum-pop-tinged R&B production quality of all Destiny's Child projects. Even so, when the 21-year-old's dynamic vocals take center stage, as on the "Strawberry Letter 23"–inspired "Be with You," the power ballad title track, and the jazzy "Gift from Virgo," her star shines so brightly that it nearly implodes. It may not be history making -- as her beau, Jay-Z, boasts on "Crazy in Love" -- but with the intimate Dangerously in Love, a grown-up Beyoncé takes catwalk-worthy strides toward controlling her own destiny.

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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Neil Drumming
Dangerously, which the singer coproduced and almost entirely cowrote, is more about moving on from Destiny's Child's frothy aesthetic than competing with the current crop of singing sensations. [A-]
Vibe - Jason King
Dangerously in Love surges with sexy dance jams like the Eastern-influenced "Naughty Girl." And "Crazy in Love," the raucous lead single, flaunts her relationship with boyfriend Jay-Z over a thunderous double-time chorus that samples an old Chi-Lites tune.
Blender - Ben Ratliff
If you had guessed that Beyoncé possesses some sort of genius, based on her rhythm-dragging vocal tracks, her writing, and her production on most Destiny's Child songs -- you win.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998638624
catalogNumber:
86386

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Tracks

  1. Crazy In Love (Feat. Jay-Z)
  2. Naughty Girl
  3. Baby Boy (Feat. Sean Paul)
  4. Hip Hop Star (Feat. Big Boi & Sleepy Brown)
  5. Be With You
  6. Me, Myself And I
  7. Yes
  8. Signs (Feat. Missy Elliott)
  9. Speechless
  10. That's How You Like It (Feat. Jay-Z)
  11. The Closer I Get To You (Duet With Luther Vandross)
  12. Dangerously In Love 2
  13. Beyoncé Interlude
  14. Gift From Virgo

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beyoncé   Primary Artist,Indexed Contributor
Tawatha Agee   Background Vocals
Sanford Allen   Concert Master
Skip Anderson   Keyboards
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Cissy Houston   Background Vocals
Ivan Hampden   Drums
Brenda White-King   Background Vocals
Byron Miller   Bass
Mark Batson   Conductor,Musician
Phil Hamilton   Guitar
Nat Adderley   Electric Piano
Dan Workman   Guitar
John Broussard   Guitar
Rich Harrison   Multi Instruments
Candace Thomas   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Donna Summer   Composer
Luther Vandross   Vocal Arrangements
Shuggie Otis   Composer
Brown   String Contractor
Bernard Edwards   Composer
Eugene Record   Composer
Giorgio Moroder   Composer
Reggie Lucas   Composer
Guru   Engineer
Skip Anderson   Arranger,Programming
G. Clinton   Composer
G. Cooper   Composer
DeBarge   Composer
Randy DeBarge   Composer
James Mtume   Composer
Scott Spencer Storch   Composer,Producer
Pat Thrall   Engineer
Stan Wallace   Engineer
Mark Batson   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Craig Brockman   Composer,Producer
Robert Waller   Composer
Bryce Wilson   Composer,Producer
Tom Coyne   Mastering
Missy Elliott   Composer,Producer
Nat Adderley   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Jim Caruana   Engineer
Brian Springer   Engineer
Sherrod Barnes   Composer,Producer
Dan Workman   Engineer
Shawn Carter   Composer
Andreao "Fanatic" Heard   Composer,Producer
Antwan Patton   Composer
Beyoncé   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Mathew Knowles   Executive Producer
Big Boi   Vocal Producer
Nisan Stewart   Composer
Ian Cuttler   Art Direction
Rich Harrison   Composer,Producer
Errol "Poppi" McCalla   Producer
Makeda Davis   Composer
Sean Paul Henriques   Composer
Mister B   Producer
Vincent Alexander   Engineer
Carlos Bedoya   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Kevin Bird   Prop Stylist
Chris Carmouche   Engineer
Angela Beyince   Composer
Etterlene Jordan   Composer
Bootsy Collins   Composer

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