Beyonce – 4Posted: June 28, 2011
I’ve had this album for a few weeks now, after it leaked, but it’s actually released this week.
1+1 – Massive Prince-esque epic. If accompanied by a hugely overwrought video it could be one of the best things she’s ever done. 9/10
I Care – One of the better ballads on here saved by thundering production and guitar solo. 7/10
I Miss You – Has brilliant sparse and eerie production highlighting some genuinely tender and vulnerable vocals. Beautiful. 9/10
Best Thing I Never Had – An Irreplaceable sounding mid-tempo affair with some dodgy lyrical content but is saved by a GINORMOUS chorus. 7/10
Party – A retro sounding 80’s groove throwback. It’s pleasant enough but a bit forgettable. 6/10
Rather Die Young – Tonight Matthew I’m going be Toni Braxton. Boring. Next. 4/10
Start Over – Sounds too much like I Care only not as good, I can normally forgive Bey’s cheesy sentiment but it’s getting a bit much now. *reaches for copy of I Am…* 5/10
Love On Top – KEY CHANGE AHOY! Amazing 70’s soul, all very Dream Girls. 8/10
Countdown – This is more like it. Great rolling trumpets and steel drums, it’s a more than welcome change in tempo. Should have been the first single. 9/10
End Of Time – After a mid-album lull of gloopy balladry this is what I was looking for. Really ace chorus and drums. Huzzah. 8/10
I Was Here – The worst thing here by miles. It’s not epic sounding enough to ignore the terrible vommy lyrics. All very 90’s, and I don’t think it’s meant to be? 3/10
Run The World – Relies slightly too heavy on the sample but I love it. 8/10
Schoolin’ Life – Beyonce doing Whitney during her heyday. Fucking brilliant! Why is this a bonus track? Really outstanding. 9.5/10
Lay Up Under Me – A lot like Love On Top and Party. It’s ok. 6/10
Dance For You – Old skool slow jam. Bit boring. 4/10
So overall that’s a 7/10.
Release Countdown, End Of Time and I Miss You as singles. Cheers.