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B Day

Beyonce Audio CD
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1. Deju Vu
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5. Ring The Alarm
6. Kitty Kat
7. Freakum Dress
8. Green Light
9. Irreplaceable
10. Resentment

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History may prove Beyoncé's B'Day to be a rare double-whammy of an achievement. Not only is it destined to hold up as one of the thumpingest, most polished-sounding discs of 2006, it's also bound to loose a new phrase into the popular lexicon: a "freekum dress" (n.), as described on a same-named track halfway through this excellent CD, is a "right-fittin'" garment owned by every woman; "when they act wrong, that's when you put it on." Linguistic hijinks aside, here is Beyoncé as the public rarely sees her: fully liberated and artistically fearless. "Ring the Alarm," a big-banging, fire-alarm-clanging wake-up call to a cheating man, finds her seething; "Kitty Kat," a feline-like size-up of a stale relationship helped along by the still innovative Neptunes, shows her spurned; the womanly, fire-in-the-belly come-on "Suga Mama" gets her way, way worked up; and the crackling, vocally volcanic "Resentment" steeps her in Aretha-caliber soul. For all the disc's solo trailblazing, though, where it really soars is on one of two duets with Jay-Z: While "Up Grade U" chugs along entertainingly enough about the good life ("I'm talkin' spa bags and fly pads and rooms at the Bloomberg"), opener "Deja Vu" blasts out a bomp-bomp beat nobody with a head to nod could resist. Cake, candles, and Cristal or no, B'Days rarely get this good. --Tammy La Gorce

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Original Title: B Day. Format: CD. Artist: Beyonce. Language: English. Genre: RandB. Track Listing: Disk 1. 1. Deja Vu. 2. Get Me Bodied. 3. Suga Mama. 4. Upgrade U. 5. Ring the Alarm. 6. Kitty Kat. 7. Freakum Dress. 8. Green Light. 9. Irreplaceable. 10. Resentment.

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2.0 out of 5 stars SOMETIMES YOU CAN JUDGE A CD BY ITS COVER Sept. 6 2006
By imagak
Format:Audio CD
Most disappointing album of 2006 so far. The warning sign was there, even before the album officially hit the streets. In the time leading up to its release, the album cover art was here on Amazon and I could only think: "Beyonce is easily one of the ten most naturally beautiful singers today...why put her on the cover sporting the same eerie expression as a blow-up doll?" (I don't think this was supposed to be intentionally experimental, like a Bjork album cover.) It would prove prophetic, since actually listening to the album confirms the worst: it SOUNDS just as synthetic and soulless, too. In essence, "B'Day" is the musical equivalent of a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced movie: Millions of dollars thrown into production without any ideas laid down as a foundation. And if the album has a musical cousin, it would be any one of the last few Michael Jackson albums, with the same, shrill feel to their songs. (Just remember the annoying "Scream" as point of reference.) It would have been enough at the very least for "B'Day" to repeat the formula that made "Dangerously in Love" successful. Maybe the bar was raised with the release of Christina Aguilera's "Back to Basics," an album that is light on its feet, bursting with life, and, above all, sexy and FUN. But then again...so was "Dangerously." Who sucked all the life out of the Beyonce of "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy" and replaced her here with a human jackhammer without an ounce of sublety or nuance? The plodding beats behind her are annoying enough (and present throughout) -- does she have to impersonate them, too? Beyonce has a VOICE, and she actually used it in "Dangerously." "B'Day" just turns it into another instrument and chops it up in the mix. Any song can serve as an example, but the worst and most tone-deaf is "Ring the Alarm. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Forget What Cha Heard...B'day is Excellent Sept. 17 2006
Format:Audio CD
I think those people who trash B'day are those who were expecting too much too soon. It's time to be patient with Beyonce's career. B'day for Beyonce is what "Control" was for Janet Jackson, to whom Beyonce clearly pays tribute by saying 9-4-8-1 at the beginning of "Get Me Bodied." In Ms. Jackson's case, she was in older brother Michael's shadow. Beyonce, who started a great career with Destiny's Child, for some, is still kind of seen as Jay-Z' "girl" despite her success. Granted, he appears on several tracks, but most of these are sans Jay-Z, which is a good thing. Also, she showed her independence by recording this album without the knowledge of her father, who is also her manager. So, regardless of the number of hits this album may or may not have, this is a landmark recording for her that will get better with age.

On B'day, Miss Knowles shows her feminine strength in Upgrade U when she says, "...Unless your flawless then ya dynasty aint complete without a chief like me/Partner let me upgrade u." And, she's clearly in control on "Suga Mama" saying, "Baby what you want me to buy/My accountant's waiting on the phone/Just the thought of making love to you/Dropping everything that's what I'll do/Whatever I get you putting it on/Now take it off while I watch you perform." In Irreplacable, she says, "And It's my mine name that is on that Jag/So remove your bags let me call you a cab..." and later adds, "You must not know about me/You must not know about me/I can have another you by tomorrow/So don't you ever for a second get to thinking you're irreplaceable."

Beyonce is one of the most talented singers this generation has seen. She writes her music. She has a good voice. She can dance AND sing with heels. How manyi current singers can do the same? So, let's get some perspective in her career. B'day is a solid recording that will set the standard for years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Birthday B! Sept. 15 2006
By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
How many people can say that they released their second solo album on their twenty fifth birthday? And while you're considering that, how many people can list singing, songwriting, producing, acting, fashion design and NINE Grammy Awards on their twenty five year old resume?

When you're this talented, it's hard to live up to your own reputation, and the pressure to keep putting out fresh material must be tremendous. However, it is said that Beyonce recorded this album in two weeks, delivering it to her record company with a big smile on her face as she watched their jaws dropping.

Of course it doesn't hurt to have Jay-Z handy to get your back, and of course the ever present Neptunes, Swizz Beatz and other talented producers sweating with you while you do it, and as a result, first single "Déjà vu" (featuring Jay-Z) is already a radio smash hit internationally. Equally catchy is the second single "Ring The Alarm", a high energy dance track guaranteed to get you moving. A slower track with great potential is "Irreplaceable", one of the best songs on the album in my humble opinion. The chorus is unparalleled in recent times, and this is the track I've been playing repeatedly. "Resentment" is a slightly reworked version of the song by Victoria (Mrs. David / Posh Spice) Beckham, but this track isn't one you'd like at first listen. Another hot dance track is "Get Me Bodied", and for a little retro you can try "Suga Mama".

Some of the tracks are standard fare for Beyonce, and although good, they don't represent a musical stretch for her. That said, if anybody else had sung them, they'd probably be considered outstanding tracks, but that only reflects our high expectations for the birthday girl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album-even now! again
B'Day shows she has strength in her, with the aggressive atitude of Ring the Alarm, shows her empowerment side with Freakum Dress, shows her ability to re-live old style moments... Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2011 by Peter Fillmore
3.0 out of 5 stars [3.5]--Beyonce has done a 360 on this album
When I heard `Déjà vu' on the radio repeatedly I still wasn't quite impress. But then I heard `Ring the Alarm' I had decided to check it out. Read more
Published on June 23 2007 by Jenny J.J.I.
5.0 out of 5 stars Encore !!!
At the end of the production of the first release, I guess the fans clapped loud enough for her to return to the stage and do an encore... Read more
Published on April 6 2007 by Deinara
2.0 out of 5 stars Beyonce-B-day
This album is awful...not because it's extremely bad but for somebody like Beyonce, she could have done muchhhhhhhhhhhhhh better. Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2006 by Valerie J.
1.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I love Beyonce. Me and my cousin make jokes about what we call the "gay relationship" with Beyonce. But I am sorry, this CD is awful. I reign from Baltimore, MD. Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2006 by Nakia
5.0 out of 5 stars MsTEE
This album is the JAM, IT's everything U love about Beyonce', its Beyonce' all grown up, its up tempo its raw its ADULT, its I AM WOMAN HEAR ME ROAR, AND I LOVE, ITS EVERYTHING... Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2006 by Y. Coats
3.0 out of 5 stars At first listen the songs leave you confused.
The first time I listened to B-day, I was really confused. It sounded like she hated Jay-Z, couldn't stand him, and that he had cheated on her, and she had enough. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2006 by Kristen Puddister
4.0 out of 5 stars B-Day
I was a little worried to buy this CD especially when so many people talked negatively about it. This CD is really good. Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2006 by A. C. Watkins
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS CD IS INCREDIBLE!!!!
Published on Sept. 4 2006 by S. Bandoh-Aidoo
5.0 out of 5 stars THE REAL BEYONCE HAS BEEN...
Finally Beyonce is here. The inner hyper, crazy, insane beyonce and I love it. She has done a great job on B-Day and this CD will never die for me. Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2006 by Anthony Hirst
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