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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.
Score distribution:
  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. Throughout, she romps with creative abandon, thankfully unafraid of stretching the boundaries lyrically and musically.
  3. 80
    B'Day never cools down, and swaety up-tempo numbers prove the best platform for Beyonce's rapperly phrasing and pipe-flaunting fireballs. [Sep 2006, p.138]
  4. 70
    A generally exhilarating marriage of pop songcraft and state-of-the-art rhythms... But the compact and caffeinated B'Day also sounds calculated, as if it were A&R'd by a nervous number cruncher. [Oct 2006, p.137]
  5. “B’Day” isn’t an ingratiating or seductive album, but it is nervy and fascinating.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 52 out of 196
  1. kennithar
    Sep 27, 2006
    10
    I love u B....! I thought the cd was great, it wasnt alot of that cry baby slow music we were all expecting, but she did her thing with the I love u B....! I thought the cd was great, it wasnt alot of that cry baby slow music we were all expecting, but she did her thing with the upbeat tempos... Expand
  2. Jul 29, 2011
    10
    How do one follow up a masterpiece like 'Dangerously In Love'? Beyonce has proven that she evolves with every album... On B'Day her voice isHow do one follow up a masterpiece like 'Dangerously In Love'? Beyonce has proven that she evolves with every album... On B'Day her voice is more powerful, commanding and she has never sounded better. Truly a piece of art. Favorite tracks: Irreplaceable, Deja Vu, Upgrade U, Flaws & All, Ring The Alarm. Expand
  3. MichaelH
    Sep 2, 2006
    10
    The most amazing album of 2006, she is the #1 R&B or Pop female out right now hands down.
  4. alexl
    Sep 19, 2006
    9
    B day is a good album
  5. DavidB
    Sep 5, 2006
    8
    This album is very good. Beyoncé ´s vocal perfomence is incredible (generallly in Resentment). Album´s booklet is natural This album is very good. Beyoncé ´s vocal perfomence is incredible (generallly in Resentment). Album´s booklet is natural and sexy (mean photo with alligators). Album is not full of boring ballads like in Dangerously In Love, album includes mabye three -but very good ballads. Beyoncé is excellent in live and quicky songs (like Crazy In love) - so the best songs is like that - Deja Vu, Ring The Alarm and Freakum Dress. Beyoncé give to youself luxurious and amazing gift - album B´Day! Expand
  6. mikes.
    Sep 9, 2006
    3
    A horrible album. Beyonce has great talent, the problem with this album is that it is unfocused and lacks modern production. The production A horrible album. Beyonce has great talent, the problem with this album is that it is unfocused and lacks modern production. The production is so lackluster and the producer failed to modernize beyonce with the times. Instead the album sounds exactly like her previous album except not as good or as fresh. Expand
  7. CurrentOptions
    Sep 2, 2006
    0
    This album recycles a bunch of old stuff. The album is not creative at all/

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