Dangerously in Love [Japan Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Beyoncé Knowles was always presented as the star of Destiny's Child -- which probably shouldn't be a big surprise since her father managed the group. So it was a natural step for her to step into the diva spotlight with a solo album in 2003, particularly since it followed on the heels of her co-starring role in Mike Myers' 2002 comedy hit, Austin Powers in Goldmember. Still, a singer takes a risk when going solo, as there's no guarantee that her/his star will still shine as bright when there's nobody to reflect upon. Plus, Survivor often sounded labored, as Knowles struggled to sound real. The Knowles clan -- Beyoncé and her father Mathew, that is regrettably, ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Beyoncé Knowles was always presented as the star of Destiny's Child -- which probably shouldn't be a big surprise since her father managed the group. So it was a natural step for her to step into the diva spotlight with a solo album in 2003, particularly since it followed on the heels of her co-starring role in Mike Myers' 2002 comedy hit, Austin Powers in Goldmember. Still, a singer takes a risk when going solo, as there's no guarantee that her/his star will still shine as bright when there's nobody to reflect upon. Plus, Survivor often sounded labored, as Knowles struggled to sound real. The Knowles clan -- Beyoncé and her father Mathew, that is regrettably, Harry Knowles of Ain't It Cool is no relation -- were apparently aware of these two pitfalls since they pull off a nifty trick of making her debut album, Dangerously in Love, appeal to a broad audience while making it sound relatively easy. Sometimes that ease can translate into carelessness at least with regard to the final stretch of the album, with a prolonged sequence of ballads that get stuck in their own treacle, capped off by the unbearably mawkish closer, "Gift from Virgo," where she wishes her unborn child and her husband to be like her daddy. Mind you, she's not pregnant or married, she's just planning ahead, although she gets tripped up in her wishes since there's "no one else like my daddy." Although these are a little formless -- and perhaps would have been more digestible if spread throughout the record -- they are impeccably produced and showcase Knowles' new relaxed and smooth delivery, which is a most welcome development after the overworked Survivor. Knowles doesn't save this voice just for the ballads -- she sounds assured and sexy on the dance numbers, particularly when she has a male counterpart, as on the deliriously catchy "Crazy in Love" with her man Jay-Z or on "Baby Boy" with 2003's dancehall superstar, Sean Paul. These are the moments when Dangerously in Love not only works, but sounds like Knowles has fulfilled her potential and risen to the top of the pack of contemporary R&B divas. It's just too bad that momentum is not sustained throughout the rest of the record. About halfway through, around the astrological ode "Signs" with Missy Elliott, it starts crawling through its ballads and, while listenable, it's not as exciting as the first part of the record. Still, the first half is good enough to make Dangerously in Love one of the best mainstream urban R&B records released in 2003, and makes a strong case that Knowles might be better off fulfilling this destiny instead of reuniting with Destiny. [The Japanese edition of this album features a version of "Crazy in Love" with Vaness Wu as a bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2003
  • Label: Sony Japan
  • EAN: 4547366011135
  • Catalog Number: 406

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Crazy in Love (3:55)
  2. 2 Naughty Girl (3:28)
  3. 3 Baby Boy - Sean Paul (4:04)
  4. 4 Hip Hop Star - Big Boi (3:42)
  5. 5 Be With You (4:20)
  6. 6 Me, Myself and I (5:01)
  7. 7 Yes (4:19)
  8. 8 Signs (4:58)
  9. 9 Speechless (6:00)
  10. 10 That's How You Like It (3:39)
  11. 11 The Closer I Get to You (4:57)
  12. 12 Dangerously in Love 2 (4:53)
  13. 13 Beyoncé Interlude (0:16)
  14. 14 Gift from Virgo (2:49)
  15. 15 What's It Gonna Be (3:37)
  16. 16 '03 Bonnie & Clyde (3:26)
  17. 17 Work It Out (4:08)
  18. 18 Daddy (4:57)
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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
Brenda White-King Background Vocals
Byron Miller Bass
Phil Hamilton Guitar
Nat Adderley Jr. Electric Piano
Dan Workman Guitar
Ivan Hampton Drums
Candace Thomas Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Prince Composer
Donna Summer Composer
Luther Vandross Vocal Arrangements
Shuggie Otis Composer
Al Brown String Conductor
Bernard Edwards Composer
Eugene Record Composer
Giorgio Moroder Composer
Reggie Lucas Composer
Guru Engineer
Skip Anderson Arranger, Programming
G. Clinton Jr. Composer
G. Cooper Composer
Eldra DeBarge Composer
Randy DeBarge Composer
James Mtume Composer
Scott Spencer Storch Composer, Producer
Pat Thrall Engineer
Larry Troutman Composer
Stan Wallace Engineer
Mark Batson Composer
Craig Brockman Composer, Producer
Robert Waller Composer
Bryce Wilson Composer, Producer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Missy Elliott Composer, Producer
Nat Adderley Jr. Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements
Jim Caruana Engineer
Robert Walter Composer
Brian Springer Engineer
Sherrod Barnes Composer, Producer
Pharrell Williams Composer
Dan Workman Engineer
Shawn Carter Composer
Andreao "Fanatic" Heard Producer
Antwan Patton Composer
Beyoncé Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Vocal Producer
Tyrone Wrice Composer
Mathew Knowles Executive Producer
Kanye West Composer
Big Boi Vocal Producer
Nisan Stewart Composer, Producer
Ian Cuttler Art Direction
Rich Harrison Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Errol "Poppi" McCalla Producer
Makeda Davis Composer
Sean Paul Henriques Composer
Tupac Shakur Composer
Mister B Producer
Vincent Alexander Engineer
Carlos Bedoya Engineer
Kevin Bird Prop Stylist
Chris Carmouche Engineer
D Roy Producer
Corte Ellis Composer
Angela Beyince Composer
Etterlene Jordan Composer
William Collins Composer
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