Beyoncé - Beyonce
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8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 622 Ratings

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  1. Dec 13, 2013
    10
    Beyoncé's self titled fifth studio album comes as a big surprise at a much needed time in music. This album is in a way a re-introduction (even to her hardcore fan base) to the new grown woman we now know as Beyoncé. Good luck with trying to categorize or label this album in one specific genre. It is however, hands down her best effort as of yet. Sonically this album is a masterpiece and visually stunning. It emotes so much emotion it's almost tangible. In closing Beyoncé has proved yet again why she is a trendsetter and follows her rules. Expand
  2. Dec 13, 2013
    10
    She has truly outdone every prior album with this work. Her work flows so effortlessly and the visual accompaniments add so much value to the work as a whole, nothing looks or feels forced. I hope everyone looks past their personal biases about Beyonce and let the MUSIC speak for itself.
  3. Dec 13, 2013
    10
    Beyoncé proves again that she is unpredictable, that's something that makes her bigger than other artists. She's always showing something new and this surprise album is one of the best things that happened this year.
  4. Dec 13, 2013
    10
    O álbum está maravilhoso, os vocais como sempre estão IMPECÁVEIS. Sem contar que já vem com todos os clipes. sem comparações estamos falando da RAINHA Queen B.
  5. Dec 16, 2013
    10
    It's new Beyoncé for this time.She made a change for the game,a story with each song.She doesn't only make music,but tell a story to us this time.One album,whole story for her life so far.Inspiring,Fantastic,and touching my heart.Thank you,Beyoncé.
  6. Dec 13, 2013
    10
    perfeita,sensacional,demorou mas de surpreza e mas gostoso......estou super feliz ela surpreende cada vez mas....o clipe da BLUE feita aqui no brasil espetacular fiquei emocionada!!!!
  7. Dec 13, 2013
    10
    This visual album has changed the game. That's all Beyonce does.. set the standard for others to follow. The music is incredible and the videos are awesome! She shows she cares and gets IT. Not piecing together a bunch of throw-a-way singles no one will remember 10 years from now, but a cohesive collection of hard work and dedication to mastering one's craft. My favorite song changes by the hour. I love them ALL! I've been on cloud 9 for approximately 19 hours lol no sleep. I can't stop listening to the music and watching the videos. Expand
  8. Dec 13, 2013
    10
    Beyoncé really came into her own with this album. In this album she took notice of her power and importance,and stopped being the censored version that was always clean. She has finally reached a point in her career, where she can be herself and people WILL appreciate her for that. As she said months in "I Been On", "I don't need no hype." And she was right. Her release was unprecedented by her fans, by the press, and by her true stand. Everyone was shocked and pleasantly so. This album is a proper sequel to 4, as it shows her continuing to experiment with new music types while still slaying with vocals. Her hard work is imminent and will definitely pay off, as this album is very Grammy worth (20th Grammy anyone?). The Queen has returned. Stand back or you will be stung. Slay a bit Beyoncé. Expand
  9. Dec 14, 2013
    10
    I've been a loyal Beyoncé fan since '03. First off, I could have never fathomed this level of cohesion or creativity. Clearly, self-management has amped her quality of music and her extension of her artistry. The album as a whole is nothing like anything in her catalogue.
    The material is daring, both lyrically and sonically. Staying true to her R&B roots, songs like 'Pretty Hurts',
    'Blow', 'XO' and 'Drunk in Love' stand out immediately. The former, which features her hit-making husband Jay-Z, is mind-blowing and delivers the hype and execution that always comes along with a Bey&J collaboration.
    Released as a visual album, the album includes 17 videos, one for each of the songs and an extra three for 'Ghost', 'Yoncé' and immediate fan-favorite, 'Bow Down'. The level of execution and the vision that develops throughout the collection of videos is immediately reminiscent of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'. The amount of creativity it may have taken Queen B and her team to successfully seam such an incredible visual is without a doubt unparalleled by her Pop peers.
    Likewise, the lack of notification and promotion aid the excitement of the new material from the Pop Queen. It's clear that NEW RULES have been established in the music industry by way of Kanye's 'one month' notification of 'YEEZSUS', Jay-Z's 'two week' notification of 'Magna Carta: Holy Grail' and now Beyonce's 'BEYONCÉ'. Move over music executives! Music royalty seems to be overtaking the industry and doing things with NEW RULES!
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  10. Dec 13, 2013
    10
    Perfect! The best album ever. Beyoncé is the new queen, bow down bitc*s.
    Beyoncé's self titled fifth studio album comes as a big surprise at a much needed time in music. This album is in a way a re-introduction (even to her hardcore fan base) to the new grown woman we now know as Beyoncé. Good luck with trying to categorize or label this album in one specific genre. It is however, hands
    down her best effort as of yet. Expand
  11. Dec 13, 2013
    9
    The Best Surprise Ever... This album reached the people more than a publicid of 3 months, everybody got surprised and loved that surprise, No one could do better this than her! Very well done.
  12. Dec 13, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Beyoncé foi simplesmente espetacular nos mínimos detalhes, trazendo para 2013 um álbum que realmente vale a pena perder horas e horas apenas curtindo a vida e ouvindo este som tão bom Expand
  13. Dec 14, 2013
    10
    Beyonnce did it again what a woman inspiration True artist!! album is perfect from start to finish. Visual album just kills me, every video is so amazing.. Other artists just falls down. We needed this album so much
  14. Dec 14, 2013
    10
    Melhor álbum de Beyoncé maduro e inovador, diferente de tudo que ela já fez ao longo da carreira,
    Beyoncé se mostra verdadeiramente uma "Grown Woman" nesse novo trabalho, que sabe o poder de sedução que tem e está disposta a usá-lo.
    Agora sentar e aguardar os Grammys!
  15. Dec 13, 2013
    10
    She may just be the only pop female that cares about making great albums as a whole. 'Beyoncé' is a gorgeous, sexy voice, with amazing production and the usual brilliant vocals from the King. Recommended.
  16. Dec 14, 2013
    10
    O álbum está maravilhoso. Vai totalmente fora dos padrões da Beyoncé. Os vocais deste álbum são os melhores de toda a discografia dela. Merece o sucesso que está fazendo. Go Queen B
  17. Dec 14, 2013
    10
    O album perfeito quem ta dando votos negativos são os britfã desesperados amo os desepsero das mudas
    album da beyoncé perfeito urban conceitual como diz os muda fã e ja chegou quebrando records sem prometer nada
  18. Dec 14, 2013
    10
    The most urban album of Beyoncé's career. The biggest surprise of the year. The most incredible music videos of B are here. An evolution in your music, style and attitude.
  19. Dec 13, 2013
    10
    No announcement. No single. No hype. No nothing. Just her name, her talent, her vision, her music, her voice. Today will be seen as an historic day, mark my words.
    Back to this project. Incredible productions, amazing vocals, "Beyoncé" is such a great record. And on top of that, you can actually SEE what the artist meant and wanted to share. Double experience.
    I always wonder "how can
    Beyoncé top her previous effort?" and she always, ALWAYS, comes through, surprise her, and redefine music. Expand
  20. Dec 13, 2013
    10
    This is by far Beyoncé's best album. It is amazing, the production is so clean and top notch, and the lyrics and melodies are genius. Partition is my favorite song! So good! You MUST buy this album!
  21. Dec 14, 2013
    10
    2013 has been a year of overblown promotional album roll-outs. Everyone from Kanye West and Jay Z to Daft Punk and Arcade Fire tried some novel new strategy to launch their new music into the universe. And right before its end (the year's end, not the universe's... we hope) the Queen, the King, Beyoncé threw both of her middle fingers up and dropped a brand new self-titled album out of thin air—at midnight, just in time to keep music writers up all night listening.

    Beyoncé is a lot of things. It's an audio album with a longer, visual component. It's her most layered effort to date, with lyrics tackling motherhood, marriage, sexuality and self-empowerment. It's also her most sonically daring, gleaning influence from everything from Prince, David Bowie, Madonna, and The Velvet Rope
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  22. Dec 13, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Esse álbum perfeito, como sempre ela conseguiu se renovar e surpreender todos os seus fãs. Todos os clipes e músicas são surpreendentes algo jamais feito na carreira dela, com certeza ela mostrou quem a Queen B. Expand
  23. Dec 13, 2013
    10
    esse álbum para mim perfeito demais esse era meu sonho ver a Bey num estilo mais Gueto como sempre a Bey sabe surpreender seus fãs Parabéns Queen você merece tudo e muito mais
  24. Dec 13, 2013
    10
    Beyoncé's self titled fifth studio album comes as a big surprise but a good surprese the cd is amazing, the songs are sweet and pretty! The best cd of the year, good album, amazing songs and amazing videos!
  25. Dec 13, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Damn! For this I didn't expect, for those who loved reclaim Beyoncé do the same things, move your butt or making music with repetitive rhythms... Good, then this cd was a slap in the face of haters, burial. With a R&B/Urban style, showed that Beyoncé is a multi-genre singer and creative. What she did, no one ever will. Expand
  26. Dec 13, 2013
    10
    Coitado dos haters da JP, BCharts e afins. Não se preocupem, amigos. O fato de vocês se revoltarem seja pelo resultado de BJ ou outros albuns das vulgo-cantoras que vocês seguem, não irá mudar o resultado final dessa média. Afinal, se usuários mudassem alguma coisa, britfãs fariam MUTIRÃO. Beijo sabor 1# em 96 países, com médias que variam a maioria de 80 pra 90. Quem sabe a diva de vocês não compram, pra aprender a fazer algo de qualidade, enquanto isso... elas elogiam no twitter. Expand
  27. Dec 13, 2013
    10
    Beyoncé did the best album of the year! All the people say: "This is the year of Miley" "Year of Katy" "Year of Gaga" but in the final the queen came and put the others down with a perfect art. I'm so proud!
  28. Dec 13, 2013
    10
    A great album you can really see her growth as an artist, not to mention the amazing beats. Each track is killer 10/10. I really appreciate the accompanying videos shot all over the world it allows you to see the vision she had for each track, it's such an artistic journey from start to finish.
  29. Dec 14, 2013
    10
    beyonce rise up musically, artistically, visually. Beyoncé is her best cohesive album to date.
    not to mention game changing visuall offer for each tracks bring new feels and energy.
  30. Dec 14, 2013
    10
    Perfect queen B is back to top, O álbum está maravilhoso, os vocais como sempre estão IMPECÁVEIS. Sem contar que já vem com todos os clipes. sem comparações estamos falando da RAINHA Queen B.
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Feb 14, 2014
    90
    At its dizzying zenith, Beyoncé is a loaded fusion of generosity and self-empowerment. or perhaps, more accurately, it finds self-empowerment in generosity.
  2. Feb 11, 2014
    60
    It's this continued need to feed her multi-platinum beast that stops the album from being the post-modern wheeze it could have been. [Mar 2014, p.94]
  3. Jan 23, 2014
    90
    Though there are a million details about BEYONCÉ to examine--from the release strategy to the visual aspect and more--the strongest ideas are still found solely in the music. She addresses topics like beauty, body image, miscarriages, jealousy, sexuality, marriage, motherhood and self-worth.