on 16 May 2008
I think this really is a fantastic album, full of strong balladry and great upbeat dance tracks. The deluxe version contains 7 new songs, and for the first time in artist history a music video DVD, which i must point out is also superb, and all the music videos have had time, effort and money spent on them, so that they appear that good.
The songs well, my favourites are `Freakum Dress', this is one of those female liberation songs, it has a bangin beat, `Get Me Bodied' i really don't care that the song is over 6 minutes long it's still brilliant, it kind of has a 60's heritage, the instructional parts in the second half really give that away and when you hear it you'll want to get involved,' Flaws And All' boring huh, i don't think so an emotional ballad about someone loving someone even if they are not perfect, and i was quite surprised that Beyonce of all people would write or sing a song about this, `Kitty Kat' this song is flirty, silky and sexy, `Welcome To Hollywood' explains the dangers of being rich & famous and she even lists some of the ultra- famous people who have dyed from too much fame, in my opinion the song should of been on the original, `Suga Mama' a throwback song to a specific era of music, really love the grittiness of it, `Déjà Vu' this song is ace, it builds up to an eventual crescendo and i just can't keep still when this is playing, `Upgrade U' compared to most of the album, a very much contempory R&B song with Jay- Z rapping half way though,influencing us to all upgrade our partners,`Ring The Album' Beyonce uses powerful vocals throughout this song, to talk about an ex-lover who has found someone else, `Resentment' was a really good song Beyonce again uses powerful vocals, really pours her heart and soul into this song, and you can tell she's feeling it, some more power vocal balladry from the smash hit `Dreamgirls' song `Listen', the crashing `Green Light', the perfect duet `Beautiful Liar', beautiful song more like, with it's obvious eastern influences, the slighly haunting 'If', `Check On It', it's got a nice melody, nice beat and finally, `World Wide Woman' basically talking about a very well known woman, and being able to log on anytime you like, hence the lyrics, 'I'm a world wide woman www you can log on anywhere..'
On this album we have seen a much different side to Beyonce appearing, she tells us she's not perfect even though she may look it on the outside, she also deals with issues such as drug addictions, (`Welcome To Hollywood`), and finally she talks about that even she may be upstaged sometimes, (`Resentment`), of course its a must have for any Beyonce fan, but the most important reason for buying this album is to discover who Beyonce really is, past the outer beauty and the incredible voice.