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With her one-year disappearance act from the stage Beyoncé fans needed something to quench their “Single Ladies” thirst, well she came back with vengeance and did not disappoint. Her album titled “4” is her fourth album debuted June 24, 2011.
A great kick off to Summer 2011. Her first single and track 12 off the new album is a female anthem entitled “Run The World (Girls)”. The aggressive anthem paid homage to all estrogen carriers and all the possibilities we posses. The song borrowed collaborative music project from Major Lazer’s eclectic and funky beat as a base.
The song both fun and upbeat also deliver a message that can’t be faulted, another gold star for her achievement in the Women’s Movement. The video for her first single, was released May 18, 2011, was very much empowering like the song itself. Beyoncé donned a tall Egyptian like crown with 50-100 other girls danced and pranced their way around the deserted location with lions and hyenas in toe.
The fashions featured the late great Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, and a Gareth Pugh intricately cut gold-mirrored mini dress matched with McQueen heels a personal favorite of mine from the video. Nevertheless a great opening to her new album and spark back in her fans.
The album itself like her 3 previous solo albums is a work of art and takes you on a ride into Beyoncé world that were not always able to reach. If “art imitates life” than Mrs. Carter is a lot deeper than we thought or than she lets us on to believe. The album starts off with “1+1, I Care, and I Miss You”. These 3 songs are smooth melodic that show the bootylicious diva’s more intimate and vulnerable side.
“I Miss You” one of my favorite tracks on the album and was produced by upcoming producer Frank Ocean of OFWGKTA. As soon as you get to track 4 “Best Thing You Never Had” you get the more common Beyoncé we have all come to love. This is also the second single off the album; the song puts you in the mind of her 2006 hit “Irreplaceable”.
Track 5 “Party” is the only song on the album featuring another artist beside herself, Kanye West and Andre 3000 (from Outkast) gifted the singer with their versatile and unique sounds and it has been said to be the third single released from the album.
Track 6, 7, 8 “Rather Die Young” “Start Over” and “Love On Top” are very strong ballad songs and have a very old school feeling to them and seem like timeless pieces. When you get to track 9, 10 “Countdown” and “End Of Time” are really the only up-tempo songs on the entire album, which is a shock to me because she’s mostly known for her radio friendly dance songs.
But don’t get me wrong these songs can sell the whole album by themselves. “Countdown” takes a sample from Boys II Men “Uhh Ahh”. “End Of Time” is a fast paced song with drums and horns galore.
And what Beyoncé album would be complete without a declaration song track 11 “I Was Here” is a song about all her accomplishments and leaving her mark on the world. All in all “4” is by far my favorite Beyoncé album from its humble beginnings, loud and retro core, and uplifting ending; it’s classified as a classic in my library.