Now-a-days R&B records are homogenous. They address the same themes, contain the same musical instruments/beats and are produced by the same old celebrity music producers. So essentially you would predict Beyonce's first solo effort to be the same as her fellow R&B starlets. But surprisingly Beyonce does something completely individual, she delivers what she promises: a classical R&B record. Combining her illustrious talents learnt from working on Destiny's Child, with the talents of celebrity and fresh new producers, they create a state-of-the-art R'n'B record, that sounds one part futuristic, one part modern and one part '60s soul. Ranging musically from reggae 'Baby Boy', to rock/funk 'Hip-Hop Star' (noticeably influenced by Outkast's Big Boi) to the slick computerized R&B of 'Be With You'. Her vocals are also splendid here, and range from a sexy provocative tone on 'Speechless' to a teenage yelling blissfully on the album's intro: 'Crazy In Love'. Beyonce also covers a variety of themes on this record. From an emotional ode to her 'Daddy', to female empowerment on 'Me, myself & I' and 'Yes', to ineffable love with the title track. Album highlights include: the very very very sexy and special 'Speechless', the intelligent and cute Missy Elliott created ode to the zodiac 'Signs'. 'Yes', and the very emotional 'Dangerously In Love 2'. Though this album reveals how much Ms Knowles has come from 'No, no, no', she still has a long way ahead of her if she wants to reach her full potential. Also though this album is innovative, different and special, some tracks do fall near mediocre. So Beyonce next time you should concentrate on perfecting 20 songs instead of 45!