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Beyonce is back with her second album, the all-star-produced B'Day. Guests include Jay-Z, T.I., and Ne-Yo. B'Day has plenty of featured artists and duets - as Beyonce's co-producers include Rich Harrison, The Neptunes and Swizz Beatz. B'Day's first single is "Dja vu" featuring Jay-Z and co-produced by Rodney Jerkins.
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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The Neptune's produced song `Kitty Kat' features Beyonce crying out for some lovin'. It has elements of Kelis, Marvin, and all the soul-singers, yet it's still fresh and original. On the slow jam `Irreplacable,' B sounds out on love lost and mistakes you shouldn't made. It's beautiful but still very funky. Another highlight includes the bizarre `Freakum Dress,' where Beyonce sings about enticing a stranger 'cos she ain't getting any from her man. All of this is done over the clammering Rich Harrison production. I really don't care about the amount (or quantity) of tracks that is place in an album as long as it shows some quality.
If I were to take a poll with 10 people, 7 out of 10 would prefer her freshman album rather than this one. I am very open minded to change and I embrace her new image which is sexy and physical. This album isn't bad but not fantastic.Read more ›
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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This album is awful...not because it's extremely bad but for somebody like Beyonce, she could have done muchhhhhhhhhhhhhh better. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2006 by Valerie J.
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 morePublished on Sept. 15 2006 by Nakia
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,... Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2006 by Amanda Richards
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 morePublished on Sept. 14 2006 by Y. Coats
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 morePublished on Sept. 8 2006 by Kristen Puddister
I was a little worried to buy this CD especially when so many people talked negatively about it. This CD is really good. Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2006 by A. C. Watkins
DAMN! EVERY SINGLE TRACK IS FIYAH MOST ARE DANCE AND HER VOCALS MATCH THE TRACKS PERFECTLY! DAMN I'M GONNA LISTEN TO THIS ALL THE TIME, HANDS DOWN BEST R&B HIP HOP POP CD FOR A... Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2006 by S. Bandoh-Aidoo
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 morePublished on Sept. 1 2006 by Anthony Hirst