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BEYONCÉ

Beyoncé

2014

BEYONCÉ

Album Summary

Beyoncé (often stylized in all caps) is the fifth studio album by American singer Beyoncé. The record was released on December 13, 2013, by Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records. Developed as a "visual album", its songs are accompanied by non-linear short films that illustrate the musical concepts conceived during production. Its dark, intimate subject material includes feminist themes of sex, monogamous love, and relationship issues, inspired by Beyoncé's desire to assert her full creative freedom. The album's initial recording began in New York City, where Beyoncé invited producers and songwriters to live with her for a month. During extensive touring the following year, the album changed as she conceived of creating a visual accompaniment to its songs and resumed recording sessions with electronic producer and rock musician Boots. Their collaboration led to more sonically experimental material, which combined contemporary R&B with electronic and soul music. Throughout this period, the album's songs and videos were composed in strict secrecy as Beyoncé devised an unexpected release. Beyoncé was released digitally on the iTunes Store without prior announcement or promotion, and debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, earning Beyoncé her fifth consecutive number-one album on the chart. The album sold over 617,000 copies in the United States and 828,773 copies worldwide in its first three days of sales, becoming the fastest-selling album in the history of the iTunes Store up to that point. According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), Beyoncé was globally the tenth-best-selling album of 2013. The album was reissued in November 2014 as part of a platinum edition, along with an extended play of new songs, and has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Part of the album was promoted on The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour during the 2014 legs. Beyoncé received widespread acclaim from critics upon release who praised its production, exploration of sexuality, vocal performance, as well as the album's surprise release strategy which was subsequently replicated by many artists. In 2020, Beyoncé was ranked 81st in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

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Rating

3.03

Votes

3597

Genres

  • Pop
  • Soul
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Uggghhhhh. I can't with this crap. There's no merit here. Beyoncé seems like more of a product to me than a person. When a massive team of people does all the work and you just show up to sing, I mean, where’s the artistry in that? It just feels so manufactured and artless.

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I would like to thank whoever lent Beyoncé Knowles-Carter a copy of Yeezus, and I would also like to thank Jay-Z for pretty clearly having outright psychopathic dick game. BEYONCÉ is an erotic, playful, and personal—well, as personal as something with like 30 writers can be—record with a sound that gleefully defies expectations. There's some pretty sexy shit on here, but what grabbed me most was how much fun she seems to be having on the microphone, confidently busting out Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz references, I-run-this-shit chest beating and barely-disguised, Prince-esque sex rhymes in-between examining her self-image and serenading her newborn daughter. The second half can't keep up with the runaway momentum of the first (barring ***Flawless, it sounds more like what I expected going into the album, bland Drake feature and all), but this was a damn fine surprise overall. Key Tracks: Haunted, Blow, Partition

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Really? Beyonce? Christ, ok. aaaand it was just as shit as expected. Just r&b that sounds like it was made in a factory. Because it was. Naturally there are about 10000000 outside writers per song. Why does the music press pretend this shit is a personal statement about anything? Like oh yeah this really came from her heart.... and the hearts of about 500 dudes. 1/5 get the fuck outta here.

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I never really understood the hype surrounding Beyonce, sure she has a good voice, but I tend to think her massive appeal and commercial success is more attributed to Beyonce the "product", rather than just the music. I'm always suspicious when you hear about an artist's personal life just as much as their music. I hadn't listened to her music more than what I've been force-fed on the radio and music videos and she is what she is. A above-average singer, with an above average hype machine behind her = the greatest singer of her generation...yeah, right.

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Music made by committee for hairdressing salons.

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There's a lot of variety in the music, Beyonce always sounds the same. It might be a nice variety if you liked any of it but for me it's just messy. Beyonce loves a lick out. Sometimes a man chats. French woman also likes sex. There's a child on this. I don't get it

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HAHAHAHHA FUCKING SHOPPING CENTER MUSIC LMAOOOOO. Da mi se sluša ova glupača ošo bi u arenu centar, a ne bio na ovoj stranici.

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This album is incredibly pretentious without the chops to back it up. I just think about how she acted like she invented the idea of a surprise drop... the same year that Bowie and MBV did it.

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vapid drivel, some of the worst music in a long time

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Overhyped, overproduced, self-indulgent pretentious tosh!

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no no no

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Another one of my faves. I hadn't actually listened to this album in a while. It's starting to sound like a product of its era, the synth-pop sounds of the early 2010s. The entire album is a masterwork, telling stories of horniness, womanhood, motherhood and other delights. "Flawless" is such a tune and it takes me back to the summer of 2013/2014, when waking up like this was my goal in life (and still is, tbh). I also like that Beyonce kind of invented the "surprise album" era, gifting fans with no just a full album but also fully realised music videos for each track. "Drunk In Love" is also a fab track but I cannot emphasise how much of an absolute perfect tune "Flawless" is.

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Drunk in love, yall

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Not every part of the Beyonce package is to my taste. She's too musical theatre at times, too breathy and others, and sometimes just too darn slow. But grandiosity is her metier, and this trades artlessly in the language of significance from front-to-back. She sends a lackey to fetch Drake and Frank Ocean, reduces them to the prupose she has in mind, then flicks them back out the door. She's one of just a few artists who can pull off such pomposity. Maybe the only one of the current era. What keeps her grounded--like down and diiiiiirty grounded--is sex! sex! sex! "I can't wait till you get home so you can turn that cherry out" is great. But it's the way she replicates foreplay and climax in the pop song structure that makes this soar. And Partition may be the most accurate musical interpretation of a shaking booty ever.

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Until today, the only time I ever listened to Beyonce on purpose was when I was learning to play Redemption Song so I was searching for live covers and found a version with her singing while Eddie Vedder handled the guitar. I quite liked that cover but I was never attracted to her own music; although from what I can see on this album, she doesn't write any of what I just called "her own music". I was expecting to hear some "poppy" songs, as might be typical for someone so popular but there aren't many here. I guess one positive thing to say is "At least it's not pop." Perhaps there is some magic in the lyrics which I didn't really pay attention to on my first listen. Since Charlie Watts passed today I'd rather play some Stones than spend another hour listening to this album to see if the lyrics justify a higher rating. Even if the lyrics are top shelf, they aren't her lyrics so I'm not sure they should move the needle higher.

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Album die mij niet compleet aanstaad omdat het niet mijn genre is. Wel enkele bekende hits erop zoals drunk in love en partition.

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This sounds like the most expensive album I've ever heard. Hundreds of cowriters and producers involved and it stops it from being cohesive. Obviously she has a great voice but does nothing for me

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I mean it's the queen of pop for the 21st century. I get that this was an event when it was dropped but again, it's just more bland R&B - at least the production is interesting that's what saves it. Just. Best Tracks: Pretty Hurts; Drunk In Love (feat. Jay-Z); Partition

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It's modern mainstream pop music... These pop people are always kinda funny to me. They're like full grown adults most of the time (I guess she was ~32 when this was released) and they have to sing these ridiculous songs ("Blow" comes to mind) and dress in these crazy outfits all the time. Sure, she's only 32 at the time here and maybe "Can you eat my skittles?" and "Turn that cherry out" are actually the artistic statements she wants to make... Regardless, the lyrics on this album are just ridiculously cheesy. Whatever pays the bills I guess.

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Not great

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No hay mucho que decir. Creo que es mi disco favorito de Beyoncé, no hay skips prácticamente y hasta la edición platino me parece que sí aporta. Beyoncé en control de tantas cosas, un control que no ha soltado en discos posteriores, su voz tiene tantos matices y las melodías, pegajosas y envolventes, se acoplan muy bien a ella. Favs: "Drunk in Love" (y el remix, muy bien, con su eterno enamorado: Kanye), "Blow", "No Angel", "Rocket" y "Superpower". 10/10

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Creó que nunca había escuchado esta joya. Siento que no me quedó de otra más que ser que ser simp por Queen B. Me gustó todo el disco la verdad, pero llevo un par de horas escuchando Mine con Drake, va directo a mis canciones favs de los 2010s. Mood: I woke up like this

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I should listen to more Beyoncé

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Love me some Queen B

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duh

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five stars

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This album is a monster of singles, and at the same time so cohesive. This is one of the things that separates Beyonce from other similar artists. I think the thing that pushes it up to 5 is Partition/Yonce.

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About as sexy as pop music gets.

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Amazing, as expected

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very good obvi

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I love Beyoncé

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This is the album that really turned Beyoncé into the mega star she is today and it’s easy to see why. Almost everyone song was a major hit and they’re all good. Plus features from the biggest artists of the decade, especially if you swap some of the originals for the Deluxe remixes

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Epic. This was Beyoncé becoming a queen. This was the transformation.

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Big beats with heavy bass. Good intro clips and rap interludes. Strong range demonstrated with vocals and styles rap, soul, r/b. Impressive features and remixes on platinum edition. Pretty hurts, drunk in love, Jealous, flawless, heaven, ring off

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because i'm a broken person i have a hard time appreciating glossy, expensive, and frankly *talented* pop music when i can instead listen to some clanking, lumbering, uncomfortable song that makes you work for the relief of the melody. basically what i'm saying is that beyonce isn't someone whose music i had ever had any real impulse in pursuing, assuming it to resemble her earlier pop career. i guess all this time she's been making surprisingly exploratory neo-r&b that sounds like if if you gave carpenter brut some ketamine. i don't know how this happened and i don't know why i was unaware of it before. on a lot of levels this is really not my thing, and i wouldn't seek this out but it's kind of the ideal outcome of exploring music outside of your wheelhouse; this is not an album for ME and yet it impressed the hell out of me.

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BEYONCÉ does not quite reach my threshold for a 4-star album. But I want to elevate it from the average stuff I put in the 3-star bucket. Good production and no filler track.

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my first Bey :) 2014...was listening to a lot of Sara B, so...this is pretty pop for me, even now i think. I'm not sure how well the audio dialogue works here. now i know timbaland was fairly involved in this really contextualizes it. hate that drake track. ryan tedder wrote XO 🥰 needed to relisten to no angel after seeing Polachek on the cred. (don't really feel it) will listen to some Solange and Kelly R for some supplementals - the Kelly album is too meh for me. now Solange, i had a feeling she's easy to love. 2016 album is my jam

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We love beyonce

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I got the itunes LP that followed this, Lemonade, after a zillion critics said it was the best release of the year, but it didn't really hold my attention. This one I like. The production is complex and captures many different moods. They get quite experimental at times with samples and some nice dark synthy bits. Beyonce has a velvety voice, the guest singers and rappers spice things up nicely, but she is still the center piece. The lyrics are mature and personal (sex with hubby, for example). Compared to the recent 1001 offer by that other female pop icon whose albums we don't buy (Madonna) I think Beyonce's release is deeper, more rounded and a greater accomplishment (even if you leave out the short films that apparently come with every song).

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thicc layered rnb rap pop

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Never thought much of her but this was actually a decent album, great combination of pop, r&b and hip hop styles

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This album grew on me as I listened to it. At first, I wasn’t enjoying it at all but by the time I got about halfway through I was thoroughly vibing to it. It’s definitely one of the horniest albums I’ve ever listened to and shows why Beyoncé is called the queen. Fav songs: drunk in love remix, jealous, XO

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Was surprised by how much of this I already knew and actually liked given that I'm not big on her music

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I’ll admit I’ve never been the hugest fan. I respect what she does but the amount of writers and producers who put each song together is crazy to me. I really enjoyed this album more than expected though. Was happy to check it out. Love the production. FAVE SONGS: “Haunted” “Pretty Hurts” “Drunk In Love”

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It's not music I would seek out, honestly I don't know much about Beyonce's career at all and I'm fine that way. But the album was quite good, I liked it! Good variety of song styles too, and also sooo horny haha!

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Mad sexy. I didn’t vibe with every song on here enough for it to get a 5, but the sheer creativity, personality, and honesty on this record is astounding.

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Excellent album de la part de Queen B, n'en déplaise a robparmentiere, adorateur de musique de merde. Ce petit plaisantin n'a en effet relevé de cet album que la briève apparition de son chanteur de merde favori, le denommé Sampha. En effet, il est vrai que l'on peut retrouver Sampha pendant quelques secondes dans le fond sonore, supplier l'auditeur d'écouter son album de merde. Je vous retranscris ses paroles ci-dessous: "S'il vous plait, achetez mon album, ou au moins essayer de l'écouter sur Spotify" dans un français parfait. Cela ne prend pas, nous ne lançerons pas Sampha et attribuons a Beyoné la note de 4/5.

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very enjoyable rnb

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I thought Lemonade was the best Beyonce album but now I've properly listened to this one it sure has competition. Amazing, wonderful, there is nobody like Beyonce

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So sexy. Apart from the bland bits. Rated the deluxe version so i could listen to the flawless remix again. Beyonce is a great singer and her rap is on point. -1* for the dull balad type songs. When she's hype, the album is amazing.

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Some deeply sexy songs on here, but it isn't as good as lemonade imo

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Sounds good, if sometimes overproduced. 8/10

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8/10. Had some rather slow sections/songs, but started and ended strong enough. I can see why people like Beyonce, but I don't see her becoming a personal favorite. The bits of "No Angel" that are super breathy and she halts after every word reminded me forcibly of Stevie from Malcolm in the Middle.

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7/10 good album, most of it holds up in 2021 but I think there are a lot of cuttable songs

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She's like the Voltron of all the divas that came before - Aretha, Madonna, Mariah - but also, like, a little Prince, a little R&B, a little gangsta rap. She's bad ass. This is not really my go-to genre of music (and I won't pretend like Beyonce was aiming for the middle-aged, straight, white guy audience) - still, this album is a work of art in many senses. Vocally, she's clearly talented. Even though some of the songs don't really have consistent melodies (they're more stream of consciousness almost), it's still interesting to listen to. And, she was clearly going through some shit in her life while recording this - and I was impressed with the honesty and vulnerability on a lot of the tracks. In summation - I'm not sure I "liked" this album, but I enjoyed listening to it and respect it. Credit where credit is due.

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Jay Z is a lucky man

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SURFBOARDT

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The next baby boom will be attributed to this albums release

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Iconic

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Someone needs to get me a Rabbit Test because I'm pretty sure Queen Bey just got me very pregnant.

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Fantastic album, love Beyonce but hadn't listened to this record yet.

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I related to this right off the bat. It's aimed at females, but it also resonates with fathers of daughters. Pretty Hurts sounds like a club song, but it's way better than that. This is apparently a visual album, so I may have to check that out too. The album proceeds beyond beauty and infatuation and gets deeply sexual, which again is a celebration of Beyonce's femininity. Flawless is like a precise commentary on self confidence and worth. Heaven and Blue are a perfect ending to an album like this. This is truly an album tha tells a story. She uses all the tools in her arsenal to entertain, but also engage us in her story of a woman coming of age, developing, combatting hate, letting power and self-worth prevail ultimately to persevere tragedy and evolve into a mother of a daughter.

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It's an impressive pop album, pulling from an extremely wide range of genres including vocal music, trap, 90s R&B... Both very horny and very jealous. Takes a lot of risks while maintaining a poppy catchiness. Beyonce is, obviously, an impressive vocalist, though I don't know if I really like the guest voices here (I typically like Frank Ocean and Jay-Z, never been a big Drake fan). Favorite tracks: "Mine", "Pretty Hurts", "Drunk In Love", "Heaven", "***Flawless"

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Beyonce, she is awesome. I think lemonade is her #1 classic album, but I can see how this album leads up to it. Collaged from bits of her own history and a patchwork of collaborators, it has her distinct vision all through it.

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Not long after listening to Solange's R&B album "A Seat at the Table", I got her older sister's self-titled album. It's tempting to compare the two, one minimalist fused R&B and the other electronica fused R&B. But nobody wants to be compared to their sibling, so I guess won't. Beyoncé's surprise album is a surprise indeed. Mostly because this isn't what I personally expect from someone who gave us "Single Ladies", "Halo", and "Listen", among others. This is a so-called "alternative R&B" album. The sounds and the productions are so jaw dropping-ly gorgeous. It perfectly captured the personal, the sexual, and the feminist aspects of this album. I love how the electronic and synth elements are utilized. However, the album seems to have an unconventional structure. It's not bad, but because of this, there are minimal hooks in this album. After a while, it losses its steam, and it becomes somewhat monotonous. Still, it was a hella good listen. I'll definitely come back to this, perhaps I'll even watch the visual part of the album to maximize the experience.

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Pretty decent but not my style. Objectively good work though.

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Niet onmiddellijk een gigantische Beyoncé-fan. Maar met dit album begrijp ik goed waar de fanbase vandaan komt. Het is krachtig, open en gevoelig.

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Beyoncé tiene un rango musical y artísitico amplísimo que debo aceptar. Todo lo que viene en este disco está sumamente bien hecho en todos los niveles de producción: calidad de la voz, arreglos, instrumentaciones, todo. Eso no significa que me encante. Hay rolas demasiado R&B-escas que no me encantan, hay otras en las que hace un "grito de mujer afroamericana enojada" (en Flawless) que no me gusta ni tantito, pero hay otras que son pop del mejor hecho: XO, Blow y Rocket (anuma, hablando de cohetes, esta prende la mecha). En fin, no es el disco que traería conmigo a todos lados, pero veo que es una muy buena obra. PD. No escuché más que las 14 del disco original. Tampoco estoy para echarme casi 3 horas de 40 rolas cuando contamos todos los extras.

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This isn't my usual type of thing at all, but gotta admit it's slick as hell. Beyoncé is undeniably talented, and I'd probably get more out of it if I gave it more listens than the 2 so far. Fave track - "***Flawless" - the intro was kinda irritating but the rest of the track was captivating. Great stuff!

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2013. Flawless, Drunk in Love

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Yesh it's pretty good 👍

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Why is Beyoncé so horny?

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This is the 3rd R&B album from 2010s I've been assigned this month, but this is by far my favorite. The background behind the album is pretty remarkable. No leaks, no hype. An album drops out of nowhere with a music video released for each of the 12 tracks, turning this album into a visual experience. Only one of the most famous musicians alive in our modern age could pull something like that off. Taylor Swift would pull similar stunts years later. She moves away from her traditional side into experimentation, taking on a wide variety of influences over the decades into both her music and accompanying videos. Meanwhile, her lyrics cover themes related to accepting her identity and finding her ambitions, whether related to being happy, breaking from the music industry norm, or seductively pleasing her lover. The production is perfect. I found little to no hiccups. They take all sorts of risks, and I'm constantly surprised with each song. Of course, Beyonce's a remarkable singer. I don't really care about these things much, but she has superbly admirable control of what her voice is capable of. Songs like "Rocket" demonstrate how fluid she can change characteristics of her voice in a continuous stream. "Pretty Hurts" sets up the themes we explore in the rest of the album, taking an introspective dive on Beyonce escaping from public perception and exploring her identity and creativity. It's a hit and great way to entice both new and old fans. "Haunted" adopts the dark electric synths of Lorde. "Drunk in Love" reminds me of her early work with Sean Paul mixed with a modern hip hop beat. I really enjoyed the chorus and Jay Z's contribution. Who knew he was obsessed with cake and anime? "Blow" appears inspired by the fun 90s R&B acts of TLC, Mariah Carey, Janet's Velvet Rope with a sound reminiscent of 80s post-disco (e.g. Pointer Sisters). "No Angel" is chillwave and reminds me of FKA Twigs with the high register and pauses. "Partition" sounds crunk, especially in the middle, but apparently I'm the only person who thinks so. It feels heavy and dark, her raps are impressive, and I enjoy the intersection of the high-register chorus. It's one of the more complex songs, composed of several phases that don't sound like they're from the same song. "Jealous" is one of the least interesting tracks, sounding like standard R&B pop, but the production is spot on. "Rocket" is neo-soul, another standout. Impressive vocals, changing tempo, range, and style continuously. It's compared to Prince and D'Angelo, and yes I can agree with that in the song's ambitions of power performance. I'd also say it has the style of D'Angelo and the funk and energy of Prince. "Mine" is one of the weakest tracks. I was afraid Drake was gonna screw it up, but with the exception of a few annoying effects, it was pretty solid. Forgettable though. "XO" is another hit and a fan favorite, one of the cheerier tracks. It has a ton of hooks, but personally, I think it's boring. "***Flawless" is trap and contrasts strongly with the previous "XO." Haha this is the type of music people hate with a passion. In the middle we get force fed a tedX about feminism LOL. It's solid and coherent, and I absolutely love the second half. I'm really impressed the way the lines roll off her tongue. "Superpower" is my first time hearing Frank Ocean's voice, and damn he sounds exactly like Prince. If you told me this was Prince... well, I'd say "didn't he die?" but he actually died in 2016. Ocean's face is derpy as hell though. Beyonce's voice gives off Mariah Carey vibes. I like the open atmospheric samples in the background. This song begins our melancholic closing to the album. "Heaven" is slow tempo R&B, one of the more boring tracks, but definitely the most sensational about a lost loved one. Glad this one is near the end but not the last one. "Blue" is a personal favorite of mine I don't see talked about. I love the bittersweet ending of the album. I'm obsessed with her vocals, especially in the "chorus" part. The samples remind me of those Youtube lofi tracks. The mood reminds me a lot of Taylor Swift's Clean on 1989. Favorites: Pretty Hurts, Haunted, Drunk in Love, Rocket, Baby

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première fois que je l’écoute en entier et pas deçue

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https://www.labnol.org/internet/music-taste-linked-to-intelligence/7489/

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1/6/22, BOP

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A very good if not “classic” Beyoncé album in the sense that Lemonade is. For me this was one of the first albums we heard that was purely fun and no actual work to listen to which sometimes in life you just need. Rocket, Flawless, Partition are all great. Not the best performance by Jay z, drake, or Frank Ocean but their guest spots are all enjoyable. She really is a great singer.

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kinda good sometimes

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Not quite my thing, but I can’t deny that this a very well performed and produced album.

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Listened to a few songs, nothing special. Perhaps I have not yet developed the necessary musical palette to appreciate Yoncé. Maybe eventually, I shall…

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A floor of quality that is middling at least. No real bops, which I expected when I saw I knew none of the singles from the track list. I'm sure this album works for someone, but it's not me.

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Whenever I see an album where 20 different people are involved in the songwriting and 100 people involved in the production, I think this is not an artist's personal statement and vision, it's really a corporate product. Having said that, I didn't hate this and I do get the sense that Beyonce was clearly in charge of this project. Definitely an ambitious effort with a diverse array of songs. 3 stars.

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3.5 good but not great.

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I don't know.. She's a decent songwriter, and has a good voice. But I'd be lying if I said I enjoyed listening to any of it. Gets a hmmm/5 from me

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Honestly? Given all the positive things I have heard about this album... I was kinda underwhelmed. That being said, I also have heard Lemonade first so that could very well be biasing my opinion. 3

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Decent enough R&B-pop

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Better than expected, having only listening to some of the singles. Some good vibes and tunes but overall just, not something I would repeat.

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This is sort of boring. I like the parts when Jay-Z raps?... I miss when Beyonce was a singer who did good dance music and Austin Powers movies and not this "uber artist cultural force". Prince she ain't. Some tracks are ok, but almost all of them are too long. Jealous is the highlight I think... ok, I was too hasty. This is growing on me a lot... Rocket is really good. Shit. I think I just didn't like Haunted very much. Stream of consciousness reviews up in hurrrrrr

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Decent album overall but not really my preference. A couple songs were straight terrible.

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Solid pop 6/10

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I will never deny the absolute legend that she is in music with her influence on culture and the industry, as well as her top notch voice in the last 20 years in a sea of talentless musicians. But I still stand by the fact that her music is completely overrated, distorted by her celebrity and cult following.

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I did not know about the "visual album" concept, with some short films accompanying some (all?) songs. Cool idea. The songs are a bit darker and more intimate than I expected, and it mostly kept my attention. I had to put in a little work to push out my biases as best I could -- not easy, given she's, well, she's Beyoncé, for crying out loud -- to focus on the music. It stood up. Some of the tracks are a bit too "dance club" sounding to me, but that's quite possibly a product of my own conditioning. Overally, though, this album has a lot of good stuff going on.

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I really like the concept of Beyoncé. The hits. The memes. Love that photo of her with Jay Z in front of the Mona Lisa. And that one of her at the the Marfa Prada. Really enjoyed her headline set at Glastonbury (when it was on tv). But I guess I am not really interested in engaging with her output on an album level. This one is really really long and quite low on bangers tbh. 6/10

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Obscene

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I liked XO. Heaven and Blue are very pretty songs. She has a lovely voice but doesn’t use it very much on this album. All the talky bits were annoying. Disjointed , felt like it didn’t know what it wanted to be. Not classic Beyoncé

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J'ai au départ naïvement pensé que cet album visait les cinq étoiles, mais c'était sans compter les cris de détresse de Sampha dans le morceau Mine. J'ai appelé Robert pour l'informer de sa possible séquestration dans les studios de Beyonce, une voiture de police devrait prochainement arriver sur les lieux.

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Better than I thought it'd be. Still not my album of choice, but she's got a few cool tracks on here.

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Relisten. First time all the way through. Great musically lyrics left some to be desired.

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A couple good songs but overall pretty inconsistent. Tough to really get into because it felt like it bounced around. I think I bailed with a couple songs left.

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Characteristically Beyonce, XO is a masterpiece

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Beyoncé isn't someone I would normally listen to. People bang on about her like she's the most amazing person. Nevertheless I have no complaints about this album, tis a fine album.

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background noise, didn't wow me

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This album is strong 4 stars but the brain-dead libfem discourse it has spawned forces me to give it 3 stars

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Had to listen several times through. Not usual immediate "hits". Personal lyrics. A celebration of grown up womanhood. Very sexy. A good piece of art in the sense of personal expression. Probably won't listen to much in the future, but it is good quality.

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Good pop album. I’m not a big Beyoncé fan but you can’t deny she has a great voice.

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6/10

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All hail Beyonce. Is she the best pop singer ever? Not sure but she's in the running. I never seek out her music but I never turn it down or off if I'm in control of the playlist/radio. She's so talented and such a babe. Crazy in Love is still one of my favorite pop songs ever. That song isn't on this record. I can't say that this record has any of the bangers that I know/love from her. But it still has her voice on it, so that sets a baseline of 3 stars. Her baseline is better than Janes Addiction will ever rate in this group (you hear me 1001 album generator!? No more Jane's Addiction!). There are such innovative sounds on this record. When the drums come in on "Haunted" its really great. And "XO" is a really great single. In the context of her other records, this is a 3. A solid 3. Look forward to reviewing Lemonade and Sasha Fierce. Hope they're on here too.

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Feels like she wanted to make a horny Prince album. Idk, Prince never had lame Drake features on his albums. Best track: XO

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Selten so ein sexy Album gehört. Vor der Lena würd ich das nit hören :-D hammer Gesang, ganzes Album is aber bissl lang

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Sehr eingängige nummern dabei, zwischendurch aber auch fad. kann das auch schwer beurteilen bei der musik

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Interesting songs unique sound. Absolutely a substantial album that were it more in my wheelhouse could be 4stars, but as it just isn't my genre I can't imagine e fou g higher than 3.5 stars.

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Great voice, overproduced music, I think Beyoncé has produced some fantastic singles, but l couldn't enjoy this album

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Interesting songs unique sound. Absolutely a substantial album that were it more in my wheelhouse could be 4stars, but as it just isn't my genre I can't imagine ever giving more than 3.5 🌟

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Niet mijn genre, die gelikte R&B… Desalniettemin redelijk genietbaar.

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I probably enjoyed it more than I should have

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Prvo što mi ne paše je to što je podosta dug, a po meni nije potrebno toliko duge pjesme imati ovog žanra or Am I Wrong? Okej album, nije nešta wow, ali ima dobrih pop/rnb instrumentala umiksano sa modernim rap beatovima. Naravno ima ona dobar glas, al nisam toliki fan nje pretjerano. Ima dobrih pjesama poput: Pretty Hurts, Partition, Jealous i Flawless. Naravno da ima i seks himni na ovom albumu: Blow i Rocket. But not for me. Ak moram birat onda Blow > Rocket. Ostatak albuma je ono, prolazi, osim par skipova.

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Ovaj album u meni izaziva veliku nostalgiju. Stvarno je kvalitetan i puno kreativniji od njenih prijašnjih albuma. To što za album nije bilo nikakvih najava i uz sve je i vizualni album je bilo baš wau tamo u davnoj 2014. Having said that, tekst pjesme "pretty hurts" je toliki faking cringe. "It's the soul that needs a surgery" jaooooo neeee baby what is you doing. Mogla je komotno imat Miguela na "Mine" al neeee jebeni Drake. I zato je Lemonade bolji album. Svejedno dajem trojku jer poštivam želje Anite iz 2014.

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Sometimes Beyoncé does a song and you think yes, there is so much substance to the hype, then the next track comes on and after 30 seconds you’re hovering over the skip button…

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Man, the opener has not aged well. The messaging of “it’s hard being pretty because people don’t care what you THINK” is a little oblivious and self -obsessed. Coupled with the following intro on “Haunted” with the refrain “people all over the world working 9-5 just to stay alive” seems completely disconnected and out of touch, with a follow up line of “probably won’t make no money off this, oh well” like, thanks so much Beyoncé for being so selfless to bless us with this without considering making money (even though it obviously would be a smash hit). Luckily those are the only real down points, Haunted turns into a great track and everything after is pretty great. Shocking frank about sex, love, and relationships and superstar production.

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Disco bastante raro o al menos no lo que esperaba. A ratos sampleos extraños, a ratos muy pop. Honestamente me sorprendió aunque tampoco me hizo querer saber más de la artista ni que me guste más el género. Sólidas tres estrellas.

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I've never listened to Beyonce. I've heard a few songs from her via popular culture. Supposedly she is the queen of pop and is this super star. I don't hear any of that here. It's just fine bland rnb/pop. Nothing special and nothing that really pushes it beyond anything. It's just middle of the road average. 2.5/5

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Rithm & Blues comercial. Escuchable.

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Pop comercial. Ni fu ni fa.

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Some good songs but can’t see myself listening to it again

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Первая часть альбома - очень крутая. Совершенно не мой жанр, но альбому удалось приковать в начале мое внимание. А вот на второй половине либо я устал, либо альбом не смог удержать.

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Queen B, vild vokal, pop/rnb, fed produktion, features

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I'm not a big pop fan so I'd love for this to surprise me a bit. It....sort of does? I'll go negative first: the trap beats I'll just never like; 808s, those fake hihats...it's a preference and i prefer to never hear them. This would sound SO COOL with - well, with real percussion (holy crap - listen to "Drunk In Love" and imagine it with a powerhouse drummer playing to it - it would be fantastic). So there's something I'm not gonna get past so...what else? There are some good and occasionally unexpected melodic turns on this; more so than e.g. Taylor Swift (who I've found a painfully simple songwriter). The album *sounds* like a few million dollars went into it, that's for sure. I'm not yet sure that's a great thing for me. So many producers in modern pop music tend to bring things back around to what is popular and smooths out any rough or adventurous ideas. Again - whether this is good or bad is as always up to the listener. There's no denying Beyoncé has a really nice voice - a lot of the production puts her voice rightupfrontandcenter which is definitely competing with other modern pop. It's a little distracting - I'd love to hear some vocal tracks a little less-perfect; put a little space on the vocals. If it sounds like I'm criticizing the mix/production more than the songs, I guess I am. That's a huge percentage of what modern pop music is and at times it frustrates me a little extra...like now. Because these songs are so much better than many of Beyoncé's contemporaries, I'd love to hear them a little more organic ("Blow" is funky as hell; could get a little Stevie Wonder treatment from this). Not my fave but I can definitely appreciate a lot of the skill and creativity that went into this. 6/10 3 stars.

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honestly it was a little underwhelming. i was familiar with many of the songs but they were just a little disappointing. i like the vibe of the song but some of them just dragged on and seemed like she threw some lyrics together and decided to sing that for the next two minutes. however she has a very listenable and pretty voice and i do like some of the snippets.

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Pop mastery. I love the production, but I’m not over-awed by the release story of this album, nor am I going to rate the music differently because of it.

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Cest bon mais avec tout le hype autour de beyonce et le budget probablement avec les 30 ecrivains et combien de procteur differents? C’est a se demander si ce n’est pas seulement un produit commercial bien developpe pour plaire plus qu’un projet musical personnel. 3.75

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How do you rate an album where you thought most of it was trash? I wish she would sing more! Three really good tracks but the rest of it doesn't do it for me. * Drunk in Love * Rocket * Heaven

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This is a decent pop album. A couple of the songs are pretty enjoyable. Beyoncé makes some songs relatable to her fans and others about her wealth. A majority of this album is about love and sex which gets tiresome after a bit. Overall it’s okay. 6.2/10

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Nice enough.

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R&B. Electrónica. Largo. Demasiado

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On est dans un gros univers pop ici, alors oui il y a plus d’artifices autour de l’artiste que simplement la musique. C’était pareil avec Madonna ou Michael Jackson. C’est dans les codes de la pop, comme le hip-hop a ses codes. Plusieurs tentent de rabaisser son impact dans la production des chansons parce qu’elle a une immense équipe. Je ne vois pas en quoi s’entourer de gens compétents pour livrer un produit à la hauteur des attentes est un problème. C’est justement une superbe qualité. Ce n’est pas habituellement mon genre de musique, mais j’ai un immense respect pour cette femme forte et ce qu’elle fait. J’ai apprécié mon écoute. Pièces préférées: Partition, ***Flawless, Blue

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This isn’t great - bit overlong and incoherent in tone - but it does feature some absolutely brilliant singles and it’s unquestionable that Beyoncé is a dominant figure in the music of recent years. Not sure why* the “but she doesn’t even play her own instruments” brigade are so up in arms about this one. (*I do know why)

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Had only heard a song or two once by chance before. Pretty good, I liked the snippets of her from when she was a kid.

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Liked it more than I expected.

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Beyoncé por excelencia, encaja bastante bien el nombre del álbum. Se encuentran clásicos como "Drunk in Love", "Blow", "7/11". "Rocket" me gustó bastante, el remix de "Blow" gusta también. Tendría que ponerle un poco más de atención en otra escuchada, pero por más que me guste (porque todo me gusta), no es lo mío, no me veo escuchando esto casualmente, no me provoca mucha reacción.

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This is ok but I honestly don't see why she is such a big deal.

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In time this may achieve classic status, but I am not there yet. Part of this may be my age and lack of appreciation for Beyoncé's work (I sometimes have to resort to Urban Dictionary), or perhaps the "critics" were overly effusive with their praise. A pet peeve. There are over 40 writers, producers and collaborators on the release. That may be the new normal, but for me it results in a loss of another star as I don't know who should get the credit.

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Este es un ejemplo paradigmático de la función del capital como caño que absorbe cualquier cosa que le eches. apropiándose de sonidos del under y discursos "radicales" y vendiéndolo como parte de ese mismo under y ese mismo discurso bajo una narrativa "personal". Es un disco hiperrealista. Por eso es tan vacío. Para que lo hagamos nuestro y le vaciemos lo que sea que tengamos dentro. Una genialidad en ese aspecto, musicalmente, está bien meh, la neta. No sé, supongo que también está genial musicalmente y ella es una diosa del feminismo interseccional y todo eso que dicen los fandoms. no me importa, a mí no me engancha. supongo que funcionará muy cabrón a nivel de show en vivo, pero así, escuchadito en mis audífonos, nomás no jala. no me imagino escuchando otra vez estas canciones como por gusto propio. Como muchos discos con esta ambición, la música se queda corta en relación al contenido de las letras. Recuerdo que cuando salió sonaba muy radical, ahora me suena bastante tradicional, sin filo.

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It’s impossible to deny the talent behind this album, but it is very much the definition of “not for me”

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Beyoncé has an amazing voice but this album did absolutely nothing for me, I already forgot everything about what I listened to

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Beyonce's autotuned voice sounds atrocious on nearly every track. The only songs worth a second listen are Partition due to its tight drum beats and the Drunk In Love Remix with Kanye. Maybe I was not in the mood while listening to this, though I dont think I ever will be. 2/5.

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Highly overrated in my opinion. It's fine but not gonna go out of my way to listen to this again

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Look, I'll be the first to admit this isn't my scene, ok? But this ... thing ... is so unrelentingly synthetic and repetitive that it hurts my soul. I get the motivation behind it which is why it doesn't get a fully failing score. Bey wanted to git duurty. Sure. Maybe hire some studio musicians next time instead of just a stack of producers, though. Because, despite the vocal and lyrical talent, it's just frikkin' boring.

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To be honest, I don't think I could name a single Beyonce song (and I don't care, sue me) and have never heard any of the songs on this album as far as I know. Well, now I guess I have that experience and never need to listen to her again. Some of the songs were unobtrusive and totally fine in the background and I do think that she's a skilled and versatile singer. But some of the other songs were extremely annoying and I had to skip them halfway though.

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I quite liked Lemonade but this is actively bad; I'm really hating this more than anything else on this list so far. Except maybe Pet Shop Boys.

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Fine, just not my cup of tea

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Good relaxing album

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Bwoah. Piti tsemppaa oikein urakalla, että jakso alusta loppuun. Ei ensimmäistäkään oikeesti hyvää biisiä ja läjä rasittavia paskoja. Ei silti yllä lähellekkään vitutuksen multihuipentumaa joka on toteutunut muutaman muun levyn kohdalla joten 2*

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Not a Beyoncé person, but could see why people like it.

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some interesting stuff but not enough tunes. Bit all over the shop.

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Actually didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would. Like 2 songs on here I think are bangers. Cannot STAND the one with Drake. Some were quite samey

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Who decided THIS should be the Beyonce album they put on this list?? I think Beyonce is extremely talented, her voice is unmatched in many ways and it's heavenly. She is a a true artist, and good for her she made an album mostly about sexy times more power to queen Bey! HOWEVER, there are just too many people (writers, producers, contributors, artists) who worked on this album in my humble opinion. I only want to hear Bey's voice and what she has to say, not all these other jokers with their mismatch of styles and inputs. SOZ.

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-Honestly not a lot of interesting stuff happening. Some good singing on some songs, but most of the beats were pretty boring. "Partition" was the most interesting

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It’s Ight

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First song was great... the rest had a few parts of tracks here and therr but it's a big nope from me

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I'm not sure I was the target demographic for this album? I didn't really like it much, but something tells me it wasn't made for 19 year old nerdy guys. I didn't really hate it though. There were some pretty good features. But mostly, yeah, not for me. I'd give it 2.5 if I could, but I'm rounding down because pretty much all of the songs were too long

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Juustune pop, peaeagu jäin magama.

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Went in objective as I could as I knew I wasn't a fan but she'd had good tunes in the past, started interestingly with an acapella song that seemed to imply this would be something different, however it quickly descended into modern rnb-pop with no stand out song.

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Ich will einfach immer weiter schalten...aber sind schon auch gute Nummern... ... Abbruch, sorry

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Disappointing. I tried to like it but it's just not my thing. She has a great voice and some of her solo songs are ok. But all her collaborations are unlistenable.

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very clearly talented but I just don't get Beyonce last tracks are a bit better though 2.5

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I don't know if I've heard more than three or four songs from Beyoncé. I definitely have not listened to a whole album. This album was not for me. The music was fine in general, but I'm not the expected audience. Several of the tracks have lyrics that push this music further away from me. The best tracks were okay, and there are so many tracks that I did NOT like. I haven't written off Beyoncé completely, but I would not recommend this album to others.

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2/5 I was expecting something better...

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Boring. Just didn't do anything for me. Good background music. Good, but way over rated.

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Óbærilega leiðinleg plata

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Meh. Not for me.

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RnB/Pop hat mich musikalisch noch nie wirklich überzeugt. Gute Produktion, aber der Gesang ist zu dominant. Vom Songwriting ist das alles sehr ähnlich. Bisschen Geplärre, bisschen Rap, heftige Beats, ab und zu mal was Softes. Nix für mich, kann aber verstehen, wenns jemandem gefällt. Ist ja anscheinend auch sehr auf den aktuellen Hörergeschmack im Mainstream angepasst. Bekommt dennoch eine 2 von mir.

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I tried and I tried just couldn't get there.

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Beyonce is an amazing singer but I can't really say I enjoyed listening to this album. It's clear from the credits a lot of work went into the production. There are some genres of music that just don't resonate with me and I'm probably not the target market anyway. To me it's feels a bit like music for Barbie and Ken. A bit plastic, ya know? Doesn't necessarily mean it's bad music, it's just not my "cup of tea".

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I know that this particular style of mainstream pop/soul/hip-hop/rap has been extremely popular since the beginning of the century, but I just can't ... I'm sorry, no. Nothing that remotely speaks to me here. 1.5/5

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Music as product. We're all just consumers and stuff like this is the latest toothpaste being marketed to us.

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Tusinakamaa mulle, en ymmärrä tämän levyn hössötystä. Ihan liian pitkäkin ja meni skippailuks

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yuk

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no

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Not for me. Seems to just be some very uninspired beats, with not much in the way of substance.

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Not for me

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2/10 Best song - XO

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I expected this to be better. Bored out of my mind. Every song feels exactly the same, except for Flawless, which I actually enjoyed. Just bland overall. Lemonade is leaps and bounds better than this. Easy 1 star

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Decent voice attached to soulless mainstream modern pop.

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