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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.

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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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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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 5, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000H0MKGA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (513 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,318 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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161 of 184 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Bryant on September 5, 2006
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After listening to this cd, the first question I asked myself is "Is Beyonce leaving R&B or is she taking R&B in another direction"? Beyonce stings like a bee with such fire, it seems she is channeling the great Tina Turner and it seems she may be considering other genres to express herself. She has the vocal power and star quality to pull it off. I decided to review this album differently by not talking about each song, but to point out what I think are the good and bad parts of this cd.

THE BAD:

Only 10 songs? If Xtina over did it with her new album, Beyonce under did it with hers. Most today's artists put at least 12-14 songs and considering the fact that Beyonce recorded over 22 songs for this cd, don't be surprise if she (re)releases a "new and improved version" of B'Day.

No "Magic" Song. There are no songs on the cd that can match classics like "Crazy in Love", "Independent Women" "Say My Name" or "Bootylicious". The quality of her songwriting has dropped a bit.

Re-using old ideas. The song "Get Bodied" is nothing more but a part 2 of "Jumpin, Jumpin" and we all know that "Deja Vu" is "Crazy In Love" cheaper sister.

Checking other people styles. "Ring The Alarm" owes Kelis for its vibe and I didn't have to look at the credits to know Rich Harrison produced "Freakum Dress" and "Suga Mama".

Tired of Jay Z. I rather Beyonce not rely on him so much for her street cred.

THE GOOD:

"Freakum" will become the new word in the hood and probably make its way to mainstream America.

Give credit to the right people. The Producers. They gave her some of the sickest beats I ever heard. Even if there is no real melody, you cannot help but respect the beats.

Channeling Tina Turner.
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45 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Tee Tee Jay on September 13, 2006
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I have been listening to B-Day for over a week now and it still hasn't grown on me. For someone who has been singing for over a decade and producing hit after hit, she should have known better than to put out something so trite. Before I hear from all of those who feel people who wrote something negative are "haters", let me make something clear. I am NOT a hater. I am a singer and a musician and I have been a performer for many years. I am surely not a hater but I am certainly entitled to express my opinion. We are all entitled to express our disssatisfaction from an artist who usually puts out good music. Let us vent. "smile"

Now I've seen Beyonce on numerous shows being interviewed regarding the album and she says that she was speaking in the voice of her character and she wrote songs in accordance with the role. Okay, that still doesn't explain why after hearing this album, nothing is left with you and you feel very empty. I stated in my title that even if this was a soundtrack, it would be a bad album. That is my feeling. Because to this day I still listen to the Waiting to Exhale and Bodyguard soundtracks and it's timeless. Those albums voiced the character and it was still done with quality. This is supposed to be her album and not a soundtrack, and therefore, very dissappointing.

For all of you that love the album, you have spoke and now I will.

I believe she needs to mature in the songwriting department. The songs are trifling and written as if a teenager wrote them. The hooks and lyrics are juvenile and doesn't resonate with someone who has been in the music business for as many years as she has. Also, how many more sexed up songs is Beyonce going to put out. Enough already. We are all sexual beings but that's not all we are.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Plan B on September 5, 2006
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Not a bad album, just don't listen to this expecting her to pick up where her last one left off. This CD goes in such a different, harder, edgier route that it can throw off the listeners ears quite easily. Like a few others on here mentioned it may take some to "get used" to this new style for Beyonce but if you do manage to do that then this will be an enjoyable album. In my opinion, "Irreplaceable" should be her next single, easily the catchiest song on there.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jordan McCray on September 6, 2006
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I am a Beyonce fan. Not a Beyonce apologist like many seem to be. I guess for some as long as she shows up, they will swear its good. because basicaly thats all she did on here was show up- maybe. while many singers have to hide their voice behind production, Beyonce doesnt have to. which makes her over produced songs even worse. ssorry, but this CD was a major dissapointment. It is the worst CD she has been associated with.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful By L. Williams on October 6, 2006
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This album is definitely NOT good. I've read several reviews that claim the opposite, but I think those listeners could not have been listening with a discerning ear. There are so many things wrong with this album, I don't know where to begin. Oh, by the way, I AM a fan of her talent. I just wish she would have actually showcased some on this album.

A majority of these songs were poorly written, with trite, unimpressive lyrics. "Get Me Bodied" leads me to believe Beyonce's vocabularly isn't very extensive, with 'body' obviously being her favorite word. And the phrase "get me bodied" is so elusive that she had to explicitly state "get me bodied- that means come closer to me". . . When you have to clearly state what your phrase means, it's not a good one. I don't recall anyone ever saying "bling bling, that means my diamonds" in a song.

She relies too heavily on her producers on B'Day, when in fact, they don't bring too much to the table. Rich Harrison's songs "Suga Mama" and "Freakum Dress" have his signature sound alright, but not neccessarily in the best way. "Freakum Dress" sounds like it was supposed to be Amerie's songs, but once again, he gave her sound away. Swizz Beatz did a good job with "Upgrade You" and arguably "Ring the Alarm" but everything else falls short and actually are quite annoying. The Neptunes was a waste of money. Their songs are even difficult to recall.

I wish she would just sing and stop already with the screaming. I could pan this album all day, so I'll highlight the GOOD points.

She has some good ideas. "Kitty Kat", "Freakum Dress" and "Ring the Alarm" are very fresh ways of approaching a very trite topic. She gets many Kudos there.
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What are the names of Beyonce's band mambers?
Um... actually they perform with her for all of her live gigs.
Dec 22, 2006 by W. E. Phillips |  See all 3 posts
Sales drop 70%
"B'Day" sold 500,000 copies in its first week? That's what the requirement for gold is, and I certainly don't remember hearing about that... I'll have to check Billboard now :D.
Sep 26, 2006 by ericmusicguy |  See all 33 posts
I think that Freakum Dress should be the next single....
I would agree but I think that either "Kitty Kat" because of it's "Me, Myself & I" vibe it has. Also it seems to follow the "storyline" of her previous 2 singles (if that makes any sense). If not that song then please "Get Me Bodied"!!! That song is a... Read More
Sep 7, 2006 by PittyPat |  See all 8 posts
RING THE ALARM, It's too much hate goin' on.
I'm sure some people are hating on her...but I'm not one of them. I don't have time to hate on someone I don't even know.

I'm not sure if you've listened to the album because it seems like you're making very generalized statements. If you havent actually listened to it yet then maybe you should... Read More
Aug 30, 2006 by D. Lyons |  See all 9 posts
"Different" but good.
I agree with the first poster. People need to embrace difference. People can't stand different and change and thats why some hate her new album so much. You can't have the same thing over and over or it'll get repetitive.
Sep 4, 2006 by KC |  See all 6 posts
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