15 Songs, 1 Hour 9 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Glamour girl busts out! Beyonce Knowles has certainly had her funky moments – need we even mention “Crazy in Love”? – but until B’Day, she’s never laid so many of them end to end. With producers including Rodney Jerkins and Rich Harrison (who hooked up both “Crazy” and Amerie’s “1 Thing” with vintage funk-soul samples), B’Day has the superstar trying on one street-ready style after another – and they all fit. Whether a thumping chant with clipped delivery (“Get Me Bodied”) or a playful duet with “friend” Jay-Z (“Upgrade U,” which posits Beyonce as competition for Mary J. Blige in the no-nonsense sweepstakes), she handles the material with aplomb: These may be her best, most assured performances. Even the two ballads (“Irreplaceable,” with its step-team hook, and “Resentment,” which draws heavily on Curtis Mayfield’s “Think”) feel like they have dirt on them. Beyonce wears it well.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Glamour girl busts out! Beyonce Knowles has certainly had her funky moments – need we even mention “Crazy in Love”? – but until B’Day, she’s never laid so many of them end to end. With producers including Rodney Jerkins and Rich Harrison (who hooked up both “Crazy” and Amerie’s “1 Thing” with vintage funk-soul samples), B’Day has the superstar trying on one street-ready style after another – and they all fit. Whether a thumping chant with clipped delivery (“Get Me Bodied”) or a playful duet with “friend” Jay-Z (“Upgrade U,” which posits Beyonce as competition for Mary J. Blige in the no-nonsense sweepstakes), she handles the material with aplomb: These may be her best, most assured performances. Even the two ballads (“Irreplaceable,” with its step-team hook, and “Resentment,” which draws heavily on Curtis Mayfield’s “Think”) feel like they have dirt on them. Beyonce wears it well.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
260 Ratings
260 Ratings
Sasha's First Born!

EXCELLENT Album!!!!

This album basically speaks for itself! Three of my fav cuts was definitely Suga Mama, Ring the Alarm and Kitty Kat!!!

VERY CLASSIC sounding Beyonce!

I would suggest to anyone contemplating buying this album vs. Sasha Fierce.... definitely BUY this one!

This is the BETTER album, the instruments are amazing... her voice is fantastic!!!!!

Schmaz

Jay-Z

Why does Jay-Z have to ruin Upgrade U with his bad language?

Amaicxyx

Love this song!

That song, get me bodied, is AWESOME!!!

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