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B'Day [Special Edition]

Artist: Beyonce

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Label: Sony Music Distribution (USA)
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Album: B'Day
# Song Title   Time
1)    Dj Vu - (featuring Jay-Z)
2)    Get Me Bodied
3)    Suga Mama
4)    Upgrade U - (featuring Jay-Z)
5)    Ring the Alarm
6)    Kitty Kat
7)    Freakum Dress
8)    Green Light
9)    Irreplaceable
10)    Resentment
11)    Check on It - (Bonus Track, featuring Bun B/Slim Thug)

Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Beyonc (vocals); Espen Lind (guitar); Allen "Al Geez" Arthur, Ronald Judge, Aaron "Goody" Goode (horns); Jay-Z (rap vocals).
  • Audio Mixers: Rich Harrison; Dave Pensado; Jason Goldstein; Dexter Simmons; Beyonc Knowles.
  • Recording information: Great Divide Studios, Aspen, CO; Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Lair Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Sony Music Studios, New York, NY; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Photographer: Max Vadukul.
  • Beyonce had little to prove on her second solo outing, B'DAY, having already demonstrated her taste, (solo) vocal prowess, and sparkling star quality on her first post-Destiny's Child release in 2003. Nevertheless, the singer and her crack team of producers and collaborators (R&B's finest, including the Neptunes, Swizz Beats, and Rich Harrison) have come up with a collection that's at least equal to her previous triumphs, and that shows off an almost angry intensity only hinted at on earlier releases.
  • The club hit "Deja Vu," with an extended rap from boyfriend/producer Jay-Z, boasts an addictive bass line that contrasts dramatically with Beyonce's emotive upper register. The haunting "Ring the Alarm" is a multilayered melodrama built around a dizzying minor-key hook that relies on Beyonce's vocal dexterity and newfound fire. Despite the appealing bravado of most of the tracks on B-DAY, the most memorable song is the beautiful lovelorn ballad "Irreplaceable," on which a wounded Beyonce protesteth too much about an errant lover's dispensability. Her nuanced and soul-deep performance suggests the tearful hurt lying at the center of all that anger.

Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.69) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here is endless pleasure in the gliding transitions from Jay-Z's staccato rhymes to Beyonce's own honeyed flow..."

Entertainment Weekly (p.158) - "[T]he songs arrive in huge gusts of rhythm and emotion, with Beyonce's voice rippling over clattery beats..." -- Grade: B+

Q (p.149) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he Nelly-esque 'Get me Bodied', the Neptunes-helmed 'Green Light', with its marvellously cascading chorus, and the super-taut 'Upgrade U' are turbo-charged..."

Q (p.118) - Ranked #72 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006."

Vibe (p.138) - "[A] generally exhilarating marriage of pop songcraft and state-of-the-art rhythms."

Producer:Rich Harrison; Candice Nelson; S. Smith; Cameron Wallace; Beyonce Knowles; Sean Garrett; StarGate; The Neptunes; Rich Harrison; Swizz Beatz
Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:5 September, 2006
Guest Artist: Jay-Z; Slim Thug; Bun B

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Despite all of the warnings to the contrary, Beyonce delivers the goods on B'Day and moves forward several steps artistically. Her first album Dangerously In Love was a fun, celebratory record, but ultimately it lacks the depth of B'Day. The new album is the work of a woman with passion, energy, empathy, and vocal firepower to spare.

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