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BEYONCE: 4 (Columbia Records)

4 by BeyonceBeyoncé is back with her fourth studio LP, 4. But if you’re looking to get your leotard and heels out for more ‘Single Ladies’-like dancing, you can forget it. Not much opportunity for booty shaking in this one.Instead, this is more a “grab your hairbrush, close your eyes, clench your fist and lyp-sync (or sing) dramatically in your pyjamas” type album.

The Queen of R&B has taken her music in a new direction, away from the upbeat sounds, to more intimate and emotional power ballads like ‘I Care’ and ‘I Miss You’.

In the already released ‘The Best Thing I Never Had’ B shows her ferocious attitude, getting back at the boys who did her wrong with lyrics like “You turned out to be the best thing I never had…I bet it sucks to be you right now.”

The Queen B embraces girl power in the first single, ‘Run The World (Girls)’, one of the few uptempo tracks on the album. The more mature Beyoncé strips it back on 4 and lets her vocals shine through, with every song showcasing her off-the-charts flawless vocal ability.

Standout track ‘I Was Here’ is the emotional climax to the album, with seriously deep and meaningful lyrics like “When I leave this world, I’ll leave no regrets… I will leave my mark so everyone will know I was here…”

While not as vibrant as her past albums, her vocal versatility is outstanding and she definitely has made her mark on the music industry.

4/5

This article is also available on Junior at http://www.junioronline.com.au/MUSIC/BEYONCE-ALBUM-REVIEW.html

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