B'Day - Beyonce
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 334 Ratings

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  • Summary: Beyonce's second album features production by Rodney Jerkins, Sean Garrett, the Neptunes, Rich Harrison and Swizz Beatz and a guest appearance by Jay-Z.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. If opulence can signify liberation in this grotesquely materialistic time, as in hip-hop it can, then Beyoncé earns her props with a bunch of songs she says were inspired all in a rush by her "Dreamgirls" character. [Feb/Mar 2007]
  2. While Beyoncé does sound like she's in a bit of a hurry throughout the album, and there are no songs with the smooth elegance of "Me, Myself and I" or "Be with You," it is lean in a beneficial way, propelled by just as many highlights as the overlong Dangerously in Love.
  3. [It] firmly places her at the cutting edge of modern pop.
  4. B'Day is a joyous uptempo album full of vibrant vocals, fierce production, and boundless energy. The only complaint is that it's over too soon.
  5. Harmless fun. [Nov 2006, p.149]
  6. It's still a career high, but B'Day could have been released at any point in the last three-and-a-half years and, in a year which has given us tracks like Justin Timberlake's 'SexyBack', it already sounds stale.
  7. Too bad only the icily sardonic Irreplaceable has any real weight or relevance.

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  1. Negative: 52 out of 191
  1. Jul 15, 2012
    10
    This album is my favorite album of the whole 2006 year! Beyonce has amazing vocals, beats, videos, and choreograpy that sets her work apart from anyone else! Beyonce is the modern Janet Jackson and she is dominating for good reason. If you do not like/love this album then you dont know how to identify good music. She goes from sexy to rage to fun in a heartbeat, its so diverse! Buy this album seriously if you havent already! Expand
  2. Nov 29, 2012
    10
    Freakum Dress is one of the best song performed live I've ever heard ♥ Upgrade You & Ring The Alarm are very good songs. I love the fact that it's full of uptempos Expand
  3. Aug 3, 2012
    10
    "B'Day" is just a timeless classic album filled with some of Beyoncé's best uptempos (Déjà Vu, Upgrade U, Freakum Dress, Get Me Bodied) and her best midtempos and ballads (Irreplaceable, Resentment, Flaws and All). Expand
  4. Jun 27, 2011
    9
    Well, it may be her best album yet, but it's certainly her weirdest. I like the beats, her voice is great, but the lyrics are just ridiculous. I was hoping for something better than ''let's go, little kitty kat'', but overall is a great album and it deserves a listen. Expand
  5. Jan 6, 2013
    8
    Better than her debut album thanks to less slower songs and more booty-shaking songs which is what Beyoncé is best for! It's not flawless but there is plenty here to enjoy and it's a great album, especially with one of her biggest hits on the album, Irreplaceable! Expand
  6. Nov 17, 2013
    7
    "Ring the Alarm" is one of the most interesting song I have ever listened to, but this album just doesn't work out really well for me. It's somewhat imbalanced with the first half being so appealing but the later half being so typical (except for "Irreplaceable"). Expand
  7. Dec 15, 2013
    0
    Incorporating elements of Candomblé in his music, Beyoncé makes another major disaster, poorly produced songs and lackluster lyrics, B'Day souounds like an album that Janet Jackson could do when were with diarrhea. Expand

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