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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. MSN Consumer Guide (Robert Christgau)
    91
    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. Blender
    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. Vibe
    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: 55 out of 215
  1. BlakeR
    Nov 18, 2006
    10
    i would giv it a 100 if i could no matter waht she does it always comes out beautiful!!!!!!!! FYI i met her and she is Soooooooooooooooooo i would giv it a 100 if i could no matter waht she does it always comes out beautiful!!!!!!!! FYI i met her and she is Soooooooooooooooooo much prettier in person. my fave 3 r Deja Vu, Ring the Alarm, and Irreplacable!!!!! srry bout my spellin not reall go at that!!! I LOVE YOU B!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  2. Jun 22, 2018
    10
    Beyoncé really revamped herself once again with this release, amazing album, not a skippable song in sight!
  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. JasmineM
    Nov 15, 2006
    9
    Gurl, yo've done it again! I'm proud of you B. I can really relate to this album. Keeping doing your thang!!!!!!!!
  5. MattD.
    Sep 5, 2006
    8
    It's disappointing that her upbeat songs aren't quite as melodic this time, but there's no denying the attitude on this CD. It's disappointing that her upbeat songs aren't quite as melodic this time, but there's no denying the attitude on this CD. The ballads are her best yet. Expand
  6. PennyW
    Sep 5, 2006
    4
    These early reviews have to be kidding me. Although the beats are decent, B'Day is filled with egocentric references and poorly written These early reviews have to be kidding me. Although the beats are decent, B'Day is filled with egocentric references and poorly written lyrics that seem to repeat themselves over and over. It may be a step up from Dangerously In Love, but because Beyonce created this album in a rush, it suffers. 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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