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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.


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



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