After the headstart made by Kelly Rowland, Miss Beyonce Knowles has made a speedy catch up with this amazing debut, containing previous hit singles 'Work It Out' and 'Bonnie And Clyde 03', and has spawned the smash number one single 'Crazy In Love'. So what's the album like then? 'Crazy In Love' is an absolutely amazing track, the only word that can describe it is, well, funked-out! And Jay-Z's rap is good, but kind of unnecessary. Track number two, 'Naughty Girl', is without doubt the best on the album. Sampling the classic Donna Summer track 'Love To Love You', this is about as filthy as Beyonce gets, and definitely the most r'n'b of all the tracks. 'Baby Boy' (featuring Sean Paul) is a real grower of a track, with the two artists providing electricity beyond belief. 'Hip Hop Star', which features two members of Outkast,is like 'Crazy In Love' in the respect that it is quite pop-oriented but hinted with r'n'b, and it has great lyrics. Later on in the album comes 'Signs' with Missy Elliott, which won't be too everyone's taste, and is actually quite saccharine. 'Dangerously In Love 2' is the stand out ballad on the album without doubt where Beyonce showcases her amazing vocals to full effect. It's a follow up to a track from the Destiny's Child 'Survivor' album. 'Be With You' features on the early section of the album and is one of the better tracks on the album. However, the rest of the album is sadly made up of bland ballads which do nothing except sound monotonous, they are mainly clustered towards the end of the album. More r'n'b stompers like 'Crazy In Love' would have been welcome on the album to make this a more appealing and stylish album. Overall, though, Beyonce dazzles the competition with this debut, and has ascended up the musical ladder to become the current Queen of the entire musical world. Fact.
Beyonce has been the driving force and the major talent behind Destiny's Child. With tracks like Survivor, Independent Woman and Bootylicious she proved she was as good a writer as a performer. Dangerously in love features all the singles, Bonnie and Clyde 03, Work it Out and the forthcoming standout track Crazy in love. These are the strongest tracks on the album. It is full of rnb type-ballads, so don't expect any other Crazy in Love type tracks. It's far from amzing but it is definately listenable and one to relax too. Other good tracks are Naughty Girl which is a reinvention of a Donna Summer song. Signs, which features Missy Elliot is another highlight aswell as That's how you like it featuring Jay-Z which feels very summery and as she describes how perfect he is it manages not to be too cheesy. The duet with Luther Vandross shows Beyonces impressive vocal range and Dangerously in love II, is such a good song that it doesn't seem to matter it sounds identical to the Survivor album version. In all if you like Destiny's Child and want an album to get loved up to, this is for you! Beyonce says its an album for people in love or want to know about love and she's totally right. Just a few more faster tracks and less fillers would have made it a 5-star album.Not a bad debut though.
The two singles that top and tail this album are great floor fillers full of soully attiitude. I was hoping the material in between them would be just as good. Unfortunately though, Beyonce's voice is almost drowned out in some tracks as her producers have over egged songs, reducing her vocal too little more than backing. Also what becomes apparent very quickly is that whilst Beyonce has a great voice she hasn'the desire to do much with it. So rather than the powerful soul delivery you think she could deliver it's pure pop with a bit of breathy attitude thrown in. And her choice of lyrics?! If she's not telling us what a sexy sista she is (right yeah, with your parents overseeing your every move)it's all cloying "my world is nothing without you" stuff. This album really made me realise what a great singer Diana Ross was. Check out her early stuff and you'll see what I mean. There is some okay stuff on this album but nothing that sets it apart from many other chart friendly R n B stuff. Maybe, if Beyonce lives a little more and spends less time picking out shoes for photo shoots she'll produce more interesting material.