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4 (Deluxe Edition) [2 CD Set / 6 Bonus Tracks] [Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks]

BeyonceAudio CD
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Beyonce Live At Roseland: Elements Of 4


“4,” the fourth solo studio album from Beyoncé was recorded over a year between the spring of 2010 and the spring of 2011, while Beyoncé took time away from the spotlight. She engaged in what she describes as simple things, including listening to every kind of music she truly enjoys. Her mixed musical gumbo will be displayed on the upcoming album.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0058FOB2K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,927 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The deluxe edition of 4 contains a bonus disc featuring 6 exclusive bonus tracks and a music video. The bonus tracks include 3 new songs and 3 remixes of "Run The World (Girls)". The included bonus tracks are "Lay Up Under Me," "Schoolin' Life," "Dance For You" and the Kaskade Club, RedTop Club and the Jochen Simms Club remixes of "Run The World (Girls)."

2011 release 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)".

Track listing:

Disc 1:

1. 1+1

2. I Care

3. I Miss You

4. Best Thing I Never Had

5. Party (featuring André 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)

Disc 2:

1. Lay Up Under Me

2. Schoolin' Life

3. Dance For You

4. Run The World (Girls) (Kaskade Club Remix)

5. Run The World (Girls) (RedTop Club Remix)

6. Run The World (Girls) (Jochen Simms Club Remix)

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230 of 280 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bringing Old School Back 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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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 - Her fourth chart-topper July 9, 2011
By D-Lord
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Beyonce 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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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What Is This Mess August 13, 2011
By Troy
Format:Audio CD
I scratch my head often when I listen to this woman and wonder why "some" people give her so much credit for doing and singing about absolutely: "NOTHING"...First off, her voice is so annoying she sounds like she's yodeling and it's always an aggressive sound like she's trying to prove something. This cd just doesn't work for me as does any of her cd's particularly. I think that she really needs to grow up and sing about things that are more relevant to her age, as we know she is much older than she claims, her music is stuck in a child-like mode as if she's trying to compete with younger artist. There just isn't anything about this cd that is worthy...Thumbs down!!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars slightly better than average July 1, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Beyonce right now is still the biggest cross over R&B artist of her time and for quite some time now. she has been able to take different styles of music into her gumbo and get a stir with mixed results. i still think and feel she still doesn't have a timeless song in her solo catelog yet."crazy in Love" was really good, but still not a money track.

Beyonce is like the female version of Lebron James, got the Goods to be crazy Great and might one day be in a serious argument about a place on the mount rushmore of there various fields and mind you as a Miami Heat fan, I root for Lebron, however having said that, he like her doesn't have that "it" when it comes to the clutch moments to match the natural skills and that is what hurts Beyonce.

for all her soulful range and ability to have radio friendly tracks,etc.. she is always trying to create an event out of a box of cracker jacks. she is missing on just making music and having fun with it.

she wants to be heavy and deeper than she is. her voice is good and she has some moments here and there, but until she steps up the material game, she will be close,but not very good to Great as she aspires to be and for all the Hype she gets, her material often feels rushed and just kinda there.

she needs a real songwriter and producer to push her as to pushing a image. she has a couple of tight tracks and then filler which wrecks even a almost good album. she ain't close to great, but good be if tweaked into the direction of real songs to compliment her range as to oversinging and trying to build a tower out of tent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It came sooner than expected. Brand new. Thanks!
Published 1 day ago by Tralesser Hartley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love Beyonce.... Great songs....
Published 2 days ago by Yolanda A. Bullock
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 5 days ago by Jacqueline Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it.
Published 7 days ago by Charles Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyonce's Best Album!
This is my favorite Beyonce album. Beyonce's discography is flawless, and this album is fantastic, whether your a die hard fan, a regular Beyonce fan, or just an average fan of... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Marilyn
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Bey
There really isn't much to say because it's Bey. The name speaks for itself. In my book she can do no wrong.
Published 22 days ago by J. Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Beyonce is Great
Beyoncé is such a great entertainer. She is so talented. Her voice is amazing. Because I'm not a huge fan of hers, I really only cared for maybe 3 songs on this cd. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Morgan
2.0 out of 5 stars So so!
I bought it for one song and in the first few bars, she is off-key. What? I've heard other versions of the same song and they each got it right. Read more
Published 1 month ago by hummergirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Buy!
Great quality! Great album! Love the music! Favorite song is "Schoolin' Life". Beyoncé is a great artist so I love to buy her music and Amazon made that easy to do.
Published 2 months ago by Christopher Sumlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
This is a great item to add to my CD collections! This is a must have for any Beyoncé fan :)
Published 3 months ago by nikki_pug
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