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I Am...Sasha Fierce Platinum Edition Tracks and Music Videos
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I Am.. Sasha Fierce Platinum Edition is an enhanced version of Beyonce s multi-platinum release I Am... Sasha Fierce. The new version features 16 tracks from the original version with 4 bonus audio tracks including the Kanye West remix of 'Ego'. The DVD (NTSC/Region 0) contains all 8 of Beyonce's videos from I Am... Sasha Fierce album plus a 20 minute 'behind the scenes' of her video shoots documentary. Sony. 2009.
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Together the two discs are a collection of Beyonce's highs and lows, honest acoustic accounts of love rapidly transformed into the speaker thumping club hits that make up SASHA FIERCE.
SASHA FIERCE gives the average listener a wave of different sounds to enjoy: from the infectiously complex dance rhythms found in declaration joints such as Single Ladies & Ego, to the Euro pop influenced Radio (my personal favorite) & Sweet Dreams. Moving on to the unapologetically sincere Scared to Be Lonely in which Ms. Fierce bares her heart over a fast paced Darkchild beat to reveal that her innermost fears are not that much different from that of her listeners.
I AM... is basically the polar opposite of SASHA, and introduces the "real" Beyonce to listeners in a set of gorgeous balladry. However, each song has Beyonce crossing boundaries that have previously boxed her in as an R&B soul diva in the past. On one such track, That's Why You're Beautiful, Beyonce sings a highly meaningful adult alternative ballad with much ease, and puts her own soulful edge on the rock-tinged If I Were A Boy, a song which envisions Beyonce as the unfaithful member in her relationship so as to put her cheating man in her shoes.
The acoustic Satellites is a song dripping with depth and pure emotion as Beyonce sings about her life in the limelight. Smash Into U is a truly sweet love song I absolutely adore, and has obvious country influences, however Beyonce makes it her own by embellishing it with her own superior vocal dexterity. Beyonce takes cue from Leona Lewis by singing a charming ballad about the perfect man over a hard beat in the easily likable Halo.
One track that failed desperately was the annoying Broken Hearted Girl; I usually enjoy pieces written by Babyface; however this one is an exception as I mostly just got confused with the lyrics and bored by the melody. Another track that should have been left of the album was the ridiculously trashy nonsense called Video Phone. It makes me sad to think that such trash was left on the disc, when it could have been just as easily replaced by the unreleased gem Why Don't You Love Me, with its mind-numbingly passionate vocals layered over a pulsating drum beat, and lyrics written by Beyonce's younger sister Solange, who also penned the tongue-in cheek lyrics found on Beyonce's urban smash hit Upgrade U.
Other than the two songs mentioned above, I truly love the entire album. I found that a lot of people seem to enjoy the music found on the album, but simply dislike the sequence of songs. I suggest that such people should buy the album and then create their own order for the songs in a personal playlist on their ipods--which is personally what I do for almost every album I buy.
The overall rating for this product would have been five stars, since this is indeed a very solid effort catering to a whole spectrum of listeners, but I think the decision to release an unnecessary "standard" edition of this very same album was a very greedy ploy to pry more money out of the hands of unsuspecting customers...hence my ultimate rating is 4 stars.
Beyonce is very talented and sings a great variety of songs here--from the upbeat rock songs to rap (i guess you would call it that in the song "Diva") to the more melancholy slower songs. i thought my daughter would be very disappointed in the slower songs and she has discovered that she loves those as much as "if i were a boy" or "halo". In fact, my daughter, 11 years old, loves Ave Maria.
Often I find that when i get an album there are only a couple songs that I like--but I would have to say that I like all but 2 of these songs. And even those, i don't hate--i could just do without them.
Highly recommend for the younger generation as well as those of us who are middle agers!!!
Almost all of the other songs on this CD are really good! I think its the best Beyonce yet.
2. Only received (1) disc, disc 1.
3. The disc I did receive did not have " Smash into you" on it, which was one of the two reasons why I bought it, the other one was "Halo"