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2011 from the R&B superstar. Inspired by a diverse range of influences, from Fela Kuti to Debarge to Adele, this fourth full length solo release is her most diverse yet. The 60+ songs recorded for the album have been whittled down to the 12 that make up 4. This collection of very personal tracks reveals an artist who is unafraid to take chances. Features the single "Run the World (Girls)",

1. 1+1
2. I Care
3. I Miss You
4. Best Thing I Never Had
5. Party (Ft. Andre 3000)
6. Rather Die Young
7. Start Over
8. Love On Top
9. Countdown
10. End of Time
11. I Was Here
12. Run the World (Girls)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 28, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Distribution
  • ASIN: B0050CQY1W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (393 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,805 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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233 of 289 people found the following review helpful By Miss Nesha on June 28, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Now I'm not the biggest Beyonce fan, but there are a few songs of hers that I like, which is why I purchased her 3 previous albums. I must say that B-Day and I Am... Sasha Fierce disappointed me greatly. Those albums were much too immature for me considering that they both succeeded Dangerously in Love, which was a decent R&B album (not 5-6 Grammys worthy, but that's another subject altogether).

It seemed that Beyonce's only concern with her last 2 efforts was to cross over to the MTV audience and ditch the urban fanbase that supported her since the VERY beginning when she was still making music with LaTavia, Letoya, Master P, Scarface, Silkk tha Shocker, etc. And she succeeded in her endeavor, releasing pop-worthy singles while both albums contained nothing but filler music.

When I initially heard "Run the World (Girls)", my gag-reflex kicked into high gear. Here I was thinking, "Okay, Beyonce, you're 30 years old, you're married, you're a successful GROWN ASS WOMAN, why in the WORLD are you singing a song that was clearly written for Willow Smith?"

"Run the World (Girls)" is an extremely immature song and it seemed the mass population in America agreed with me. The song peaked at 29 on the Billboard charts before plummeting somewhere unknown. Even with the Sasha Fierce-reject video of her and her background dancers as sexy (skanky) Nazis didn't wow the American audience (Beyonce: we get it! You look great in a leotard! Now ditch it already! You say you're the Queen of ALL music, Queens are supposed to be able to re-invent themselves with each new album. You're recycling Sasha from 2008. Give us something new!).

I began to think that Beyonce's reign was starting to dwindle. Her fans have grown. Most of her fans since the late 90s are FULLY grown.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By D-Lord on July 9, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I love this album! She made a record for herself. It was time for Beyonce: The Person to step forward. The result is a shape-shifting piece of musical work for Beyonce. It also sets out its vision as a radical sidestep from the era-defining club and pop hits of Destiny's Child. It is filled with 3 platinum-plated ballads to mid-tempos. She toured the world and it opened her up to the possibiilities of new genres and the magnitude of the festival experience. She had started looking beyond stadiums, watching Linkin Park and Muse and Rage Against the Machine whip up their adoring fans in different ways than Pop music intuits. She then started thinking about the possibility of re-writing her place in musical history. Her musical maturation is almost complete. Her personal ethics and work methodology stretch even further. This album is going to be successful like her previous albums.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 3, 2011
Format: Audio CD
To evolve you have to change and grow and that's exactly what Beyonce latest album gives us growth and change. I inserted the cd into in my cd player and listen to every song. I love every single song on this cd. I took time to listen to the melodies, the rhythm and her lyrics. This cd is definitely a masterpiece. Some of her fans will not like this cd because she has changed up her style a little, but I LOVE this cd.

Her voice is raw, filled with emotions and she seems to be expressing herself from her soul. Some of my favorite songs on this cd are 1+1 and I Care (I love her raw emotions and voice in these songs and I already know the words to these). I Miss You is a beautiful song that I wish lasted longer. I put it on repeat a few times just to make it last longer. Countdown, Party and I Was Here are also nice songs. This cd is one you can just insert and press play..and just listen without skipping.

Great cd!! Definitely five stars!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Njai on June 28, 2011
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Beyonce has grown, merging both the proverbial bad girl and matured woman on her fourth studio album "4". Following the 2008 smash "I Am... Sasha Fierce," a Grammy winning, albeit schizophrenic set packed with ego centric hits like "Diva" and "Ego" opposite love-centered ballads like "Halo," Beyonce truly lives up to her very words in Allure (2010), stating "I don't need Sasha Fierce anymore." On "4," an album that seems much more consistent than any of her previous three solo efforts, the former Destiny's Child singer puts "Love On Top," instead of hits, throughout, with songs not akin to "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" - likely because that goal has been accomplished, she's got the ring.

The album kicks off with the sultry, shattering ballad "1+1". Proving she knows her math, Beyonce evokes emotion that makes an otherwise simple song (simple and sublte lyrics, production) pining with the words "make love to me" over and over, an irresistable listen. Following "1 + 1" are two songs, "I Care" and "I Miss You," that will make the uptempo listener question where are the dance tracks ? - they come later, few and far between. While both are solid follow ups to "1+1," the stand out is "I Care". A song that builds and builds and builds, 'I Care" finds Beyonce struggling in a relationship telling her significant other, over screeching guitars, "I need you to tell me this is love." Raw and emotional, "I Care," in all its agony, stands as a genre bending firestarter years after Beyonce belted "Ring The Alarm". Instead, Beyonce belts "I know you don't care too much but, I Still Care".

Following "I Miss You," which is rather soft and plush, Beyonce picks up her 'fierce' girl-power side on the second single to be released, "The Best Thing I Never Had".
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Not a lot of hype for this album
I think we're about to witness the fact that you don't need HYPE to sell. (Look at Adele, she came in with ZERO hype).. We're still in the pre-order stages and the album is doing well on Amazon, iTunes, and other retail charts. She's no doubt doing to sell well. The Album is SOLID!
Jun 27, 2011 by M. Huntington |  See all 8 posts
Will you be buying "4" in standard or the Target deluxe?
I'm not too keen on remixes but they have 3 extra songs at Target so I will indeed be going to Target. Plus, their cover is a lot better than the original

I hate missing out on songs.
Jun 22, 2011 by I'm hungry. feed me |  See all 18 posts
Beyonce' debuts at #1 on Billboard
The album doesn't lack in production value. If anything, it's OVER-produced. But RTWG wasn't as strong a single as she probably hoped it'd be. In recent years, Beyonce's always had a very strong lead single. RTWG was not like Crazy in Love, Deja Vu, or Single Ladies/If I Were A Boy. It still... Read More
Jul 7, 2011 by Erin T. |  See all 2 posts
What a surprise! The price dropped TWO dollars in 24 hours!
I wouldn't give 2 cents for her noise.
Jun 28, 2011 by Mistercd103 |  See all 11 posts
'4' Deluxe Diamond Edition with Bonus Songs?
Thanks for the info. These "deluxe editions" available only at certain stores are so annoying. It just makes the person buying the CD feel cheated if they were unaware of a similiarly priced "bonus" cd available right around the corner. There should be a required warning on... Read More
Jun 21, 2011 by Keith in NYC |  See all 12 posts
The fact that this album is close in rating to Sasha Fierce makes me bow... Be the first to reply
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