B'Day - Beyonce
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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. JohnT.
    Sep 21, 2006
    10
    This is one of the best albums of the year. Beyonce is being very creatively daring on this album. It's a slightly different sound for Beyonce. I think for some people it may be a grower, but just listen to the songs, and you'll start to feel all of them. The album grabbed me from the start with Get Me Bodied, Suga Mama, Upgrade U, Irreplaceable and Freakum Dress. The album is a spectacular achievement of modern R&B. Expand
  2. BilyBil
    Apr 26, 2008
    10
    amazing.
  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. KittM
    Sep 12, 2006
    9
    This is a great album, with a nice combo of dance beats and soulful melodies.
  5. 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
  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 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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