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Biography by Andrew Leahey
One of the most recognizable characters in modern-day R&B, Beyoncé first rose to fame as the siren-voiced centerpiece of Destiny's Child before embarking on a multi-platinum solo career in 2001. Booming record sales, Grammy awards, movie roles, and a romance with rapper/CEO Jay-Z combined to heighten her profile in the 2000s, making the singer a ... Read more in Amazon's Beyonce Store

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  • Audio CD (27 Jun. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B0050CQY1W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 1+1
2. I Care
3. I Miss You
4. Best Thing I Never Had
5. Party (ft Andre 3000)
6. Rather Die Young
7. Start Over
8. Love On Top
9. Countdown
10. End of Time
11. I Was Here
12. Run The World (Girls)

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4 is the fourth solo studio album from Beyoncé. The album was recorded over a year between the spring of 2010 and the spring of 2011, while Beyoncé took time away from the spotlight. She engaged in what she describes as simple things, including listening to every kind of music she truly enjoys. The title signifies not only the artist’s fourth solo offering and the day of her birth but it is also a personal gift to her fans who took to their social media pages urging her to name the album for her special number.

BBC Review

The number 4 means something to Beyoncé: it's the date of her birth, the date of her wedding; there are even four key changes in the final, teetering chorus of Love on Top to ram the point home. That the title was apparently crowd sourced from fans attuned to Beyoncé’s yen for numerology smacks of post-justification, but one fact pokes through – 4 is definitely her fourth album.

Following schizo double I Am... Sasha Fierce, Beyoncé took a year off but has come back brighter. Dozens of songs emerged from the original 4 sessions and the promo circuit’s been leapt on with a vengeance, culminating – at least over here – in the intriguing Glastonbury headline slot (yet to wow us as we go to press). With 4’s best bold tunes, Beyoncé has spruced up an already handsome catalogue. She's got the armoury to trump husband Jay-Z’s perception-altering Pilton turn.

Run the World (Girls) we know, twice over, in Major Lazer’s Pon de Floor and in its recent official and unofficial leaks. Strangely, it's tacked on like a bonus after the natural big finish of the Diane Warren-penned I Was Here, when it would've nestled comfortably alongside the opulent M.I.A.-style cacophony of Countdown or End of Time's startling vision of Animal Collective covering Lionel Richie's All Night Long. No matter – the rest of 4 tips towards the powerhouse balladry that caressed her previous album.

And these are exemplars of the form, I Care in particular emoting the house down over a sustained Purple Rain chord. Its near-equals 1+1 and I Miss You tug heartstrings too, the former over magnificent guitar bombast; the latter – a contribution from Odd Future's misfit soulman Frank Ocean – over the kind of subtle tension achieved by Alicia Keys' Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart. 1+1 offers a pointer to Best Thing I Never Had where Beyoncé really gets her soft rock on, matching Bon Iver's Beth/Rest in summoning up Bruce Hornsby and the Range. Now there's an odd future.

Less successful are Kanye West and Andre 3000's interruptions ("You got the swag sauce / You drip the swagu," leers Kanye – oh dear) on Party's slick 80s soul, while the overdone glitz of Rather Die Young drags. The rest of 4, though, sparks. Beyoncé slips from flirty to fragile to fabulous, and is in terrific voice throughout, reminding us that when she opens up there's no-one else in the game.

--Matthew Horton

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Let's be clear. Beyonce Knowles has a fine voice. No, hang on a sec.
Beyonce Knowles has a GREAT voice. One of the best on the planet in fact!
What makes '4' the standout album of her career so-far is not just its
coherence but that she seems to have found greater focus and power than
ever before in these twelve splendid performances.
Her singing is inspired, passionate, fearless and utterly committed.

Jump straight to 'Miss You' (a number co-written with Frank Ocean) to
experience that magical mixture of power and restraint which very few
other singers in the world are able to match. Ms Knowles inhabits a song
and brings it to life with impeccable technique and real burning emotion.

Even the Diane Warren (pop-anthem-by-numbers) composition 'I Was Here'
is given a stirring and believable performance (a small wonder in itself!)

There is a strongly optimistic streak running through the album.
On 'Run The World (Girls)' one might imagine her astride a golden
chariot leading an army of women in killer heels across an arid desert
to a new promised land. Popular politics has rarely been such fabulous fun!

It's those big, ecstatic ballads which really shine through though!
'Best Thing I Never Had' is a cracking example. (It gave me goosebumps!)
Soulful, refined and absolutely magnificent! The beautiful 'I Care' comes
a very close second, however, in the rip-your-heart-to-shreds stakes!

Mercifully Ms Knowles bucks the current trend for the overinclusion
of celebrity friends. Andre 3000 pops up on 'Party' and is a well-
behaved (and amusing) guest and that's about it. The harmonies are stunning!

'4' isn't an album for the dancefloor. It's an entirely credible sidestep
into a more personal and reflective musical landscape. It's a gift!

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By AyJay TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Jun. 2011
Format: MP3 Download
* 1+1 *
Beyonce expresses her endless love to Jay-Z, delivers sweeping statements about the power of their relationship and, umm, that's it. I don't think that it's a bad track, it's just a safe, well used formula. Beyonce's vocals are amazing on this though, so it is a nice album opener.
I like how the strings and Beyonce's emotive vocals combine together for a passionate delivery, but the most generous about this track I am after a month of repeated listening is to call it 'a grower'. Various reviewers have likened 1 + 1 to Halo, but this doesn't compare to Halo as far as I'm concerned.

* I Care *
This is one of my favourite tracks.
Beyonce is saying how she's in a dead-end relationship with someone and how she's trying to work on it, but her partner has clearly stopped caring for her, which is hurting her. She's saying that she still cares for him and can't walk away, despite the writing on the wall. What makes Beyonce's slower songs so powerful is that she can pack the required emotions into her voice.
I'm not too sure how to describe the music to songs; so simply put this is a slower track, with soft percussion's. It reminds me of when my parents listened to their Dina Carroll albums when I was young. Most of the album tracks use a similar, vintage soul feel to the music.

* I Miss You *
Another of my favourites.
This is simple but effective; Beyonce is admitting to missing someone, even though it means that she has to swallow her pride to let them know. Beyonce's emotive vocals carry on the heavy, somber tones nicely from the previous track.
I don't want to needlessly repeat myself, but, once again this is a slower track, with soft percussion's.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By LondonMod on 15 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I am a Beyonce fan, but I also like the rain - that doesn't mean I want it to happen on the day of a BBQ.
Basically my honest opinion still stands regardless if I find her this generations talent; icon.
So this review is coming from someone who knows great music (bob dylan, beatles, rolling stones, oasis, sly and the family stone, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen and the E street band), great albums and this album is excellant.
What does one do when they can do no wrong - do wrong. She doesn't. 16 grammies and countless awards gained all around the world. The understandbly great dance retro act everyone is pulling in a typical reusble beats/lyrics (babble) that fills the top 10, "B" comes back and by passes all of that and makes an album of her best work - anthems, reclusive poetry, teenage fantasy, old school jams, pop art and more.

She makes an intentionally diverse in genre (even per song) with the mentality of this is my fourth album, you shall hear my growth fore I am pulling no punches and have earnt the right in my career to say what I feel people, the world need to hear fore there are people silenced everyday I am speaking for. The cover work is also a masterpiece. Her intimate concerts from London, to New york has touched everyone who had the pleasure to attend. She performs with her absolute best and makes you feel warm, wanted, accepted. Too see her perform was a joy - no matter the venue she gives EVERYTHING. (Look up her billboard award performance this year = epic)

There will be songs that will grow on you - some to great to comprehend its importance right then and there, but like fine wine in time you feel it touches the parts of you that where to slow to receive. All in perfect blend with songs you know are to great.
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