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4 (Beyoncé Knowles album)

The fourth studio album by American recording artist Beyoncé Knowles, first released on June 24, 2011.

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Album Review: Beyonce "4"

  • Jun 30, 2011
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Pop superstar Beyonce has just unleashed her fourth studio album on the world aptly title “4”. The album was named by the fans and in our opinion this is an album for the fans. Beyonce took some time away for the spotlight to reflect on life, fame, and of course music and the result is a beautifully crafted album that is a melting pot of various influences, styles, and inspiration that Beyonce took in during her time of reflection. Beyonce is the type of artist that does not have to prove anything to the industry, as she has already established herself as a star; it is great to hear an album that sounds as if she was calling the shots, not someone barking down orders from upstairs. So what if the album’s first single “Run The World (Girls)” is not performing that well, it will certainly not be the be all/end all for Beyonce’s career and there are plenty of other songs on “4” that are just begging for their time to shine.

 
The album opens with the beautiful ballad “1+1” written by The Dream and that track really seems to set the pace for the rest of the album, which is slightly slower than what one might expect from Beyonce, who is most well-known for her more upbeat singles such as “Crazy In Love”, “Irreplaceable”, and “Single Ladies”. However, “4” is not without its moments of catchy pop which is especially showcased on tracks such as “Party” featuring Andre 3000, “Countdown”, and “End of Time”.  The songs “Best Thing I Never Had” and “I Was Here” are two of our top picks on the album as we are certainly suckers for the empowerment ballad, and I’m willing to bet that longtime fans of Beyonce will gravitate towards these tracks as well due to the fact they showcase Beyonce doing what Beyonce does best only this time with a bit more mature tone.

We see the release of an album such as “4” as the next step in the natural progression of Beyonce as an artist. Each album has a more mature tone than the last and if this progression keeps its momentum I am very curious to see what Beyonce will have in store for us in the future.

June 30th at 7PM ET/PT, MTV and BET will jointly premiere Beyoncé: Year of 4, a half-hour TV special documenting the year-long personal and artistic journey Beyoncé embarked upon on the road to4.Full episode will be available on MTV.com & BeyonceOnline.com immediately after at 7:30PM ET/PT.

Catch a sneak peek here: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1666569/beyonce-year-of-4.jhtml

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July 01, 2011
Love Beyonce! Thanks for the heads up on this :)
 
July 01, 2011
Great write-up! I've been curious about this album since I saw her Target ad.I thought it was an intelligent decision to take some time for herself to learn what she wants from her career and music. I can't wait to give this a listen!
 
July 01, 2011
Good review
 
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4 is the fourth studio album by American recording artist Beyoncé Knowles, first released on June 24, 2011, on Columbia Records. The album marks the first release by Knowles since separating, professionally, with father and manager, Mathew Knowles.

Preceding the album's release, lead single "Run the World (Girls)" was released for digital download worldwide on April 21, 2011. The single was rushed for release after an early demo leaked on April 18, 2011. "Best Thing I Never Had" was released on June 1, 2011, as the album's second single.

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