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  • Audio CD (Sept. 5 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B000H0MKGA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
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1. Deju 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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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 "D‚ja 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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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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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. B'Day is one of those rare albums that popular artists release that completely throw away all previous conceptions. Shedding her good girl image and reveling in angst and sexual provocateur, B proves that she's more relevant than ever. I do like this album but Beyonce borrows from a lot of people style (which she thinks is original) because `Déjà vu' is Teena Maire all day long. Moreover, you can tell she wrote `Upgrade U,' `Ring the Alarm' and `Freakum Dress' because they are not as sharp lyrical as the rest of the songs. If you are a true Beyonce fan you should know she writes her true feelings in her music. Although she is a quiet as kept type of person, Beyonce has few talents and also reveals much of herself through her music.

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.
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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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