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I Am... Sasha Fierce was Beyonce's third studio album and was released in 2008. This is one of my favourite Beyonce albums because it has a really good mix of slow, emotional songs and faster, upbeat songs and most of the songs are quite catchy and easy to listen to.
This album is split into two discs. The track listing for I Am... Sasha Fierce is as follows:
1. If I Were A Boy
4. Broken-hearted Girl
5. Ave Maria
6. Smash Into You
8. That's Why You're Beautiful
Disc one is my favourite and I would say I listen to it more than disc 2, it contains mostly the slower and more emotional songs that really show off Beyonce's vocal ability. This disc is named I Am... and is supposed to be about Beyonce and herself personally as an artist. My favourite tracks off disc one are as follows:
If I Were A Boy
This is song that imagines how a relationship would be if the male and female roles were reversed. It basically is about a women who is sick of being mistreated and wants to teach her boyfriend a lesson as he is treating her badly in their relationship. She decides it would be easier to do what she wants and not be questioned about it. I really like this song as although I am not saying all men treat women badly, I am sure lots of women can relate to the scenario in this song, and also men who are not being treated well as well. This song is sung really well and although the song starts slowly, it peaks by the end and has lots of energy and emotion in it.
This is a beautiful song about finally meeting the person of your dreams and just seeing them as an angel. I really love this song as it is so positive and happy and has lots of emotion in it. This song is really easy to listen to and has a really lovely melody to it, it is one of my favourite songs off the album and is definitely worth a listen.
1. Single Ladies
4. Sweet Dreams
5. Video Phone
8. Scared Of Lonely
Disc two is much more up tempo and fun than disc one. I would usually listen to this album mostly when I am getting dressed up and ready for a night out. This album is named Sasha Fierce, who is Beyonce's onstage alter ego and represents the fun and sexy side of Beyonce's music. There are also quite a few amazing songs on this album and a few of my favourite include:
This is a fun song about falling in love with your radio because you love music so much and replace men with it. It is a upbeat and faster tempo song. I really like this song as it has a really positive and fun feeling to it and the background music is really energetic.
This is a song about being happy being single and free. It is a really confident song about how men you shouldn't be with someone who does not appreciate you and how men should be the ones to do the chasing in a relationships. This song has a fantastic beat to it and is really catchy, it just makes me want to sing along with it, it is really fun and sexy and then of course there is the famous dance from the music video that many celebrities have also attempted to recreate.
I can honestly say there are no songs on this album that I dislike, it is one of my favourite Beyonce albums so far and I still listen to it loads even though I have owned it for years. I don't really like how the album is split into two discs because it makes it awkward to listen to songs off the two albums at the same time.
Price and Availability
You can buy this album in HMV for £7 which isn't a bad price in my opinion. It was of course much more expensive when I bought it when it was first released. I think though that if you shopped around, you could probably get it much cheaper online.
Overall I think that this is a fantastic album, it is by far my favourite Beyonce album so far. There is a really good mix of slower and more serious songs and fun, sexy songs on this album and I would recommend it to anyone who likes pop music or Beyonce as an artist. Overall I would give this album 5 out of 5 stars.
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Miss Knowles has struck Gold again with this album and i actually think it's her best yet. It shows two sides to Beyonce's personality and gives you 2 CD's to listen to depending on what mood you're in or what you fancy listening to. Both discs on this CD feature 8 Tracks, the first CD has Beyonce singing lovely, sweet and slow songs which is perfect if you're in a lovey dovey romantic mood! The tracks on Disc 1 are as follows;
1. If I Were A Boy (9/10)
2. Halo (8/10)
3. Disappear (7/10)
4. Broken-Hearted Girl (8/10)
5. Ave Maria (7/10)
6. Smash Into You (6/10)
7. Satellites (5/10)
8. That's Why You're Beautiful (4/10)
I think every track on Disc 1 is simply beautiful and a pleasure to listen to, but my favourites are definetely tracks 1-5. Most of you will recognise 'If I Were A Boy', 'Halo' & 'Broken-Hearted Girl' as they were all singles that Beyonce officially released, but 'Disappear' and 'Ave Maria' are also both soft and gentle and i love listening to them.
Now onto Disc 2 which is the one to play if you are in a party mood! The tracks on this CD make me want to get up and dance. The tracks on Disc 2 are;
1. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) (2/10)
2. Radio (9/10)
3. Diva (9/10)
4. Sweet Dreams (8/10)
5. Video Phone (9/10)
6. Hello (9/10)
7. Ego (6/10)
8. Scared Of Lonely (7/10)
Although i love both discs, Disc 2 is probably the one i listen to the most. I tend to listen to most of my CD's while i'm driving and i just usally tend to opt for something more lively. You will recognise 'Single Ladies', 'Diva', 'Sweet Dreams' & 'Video Phone' as they were all singles that Beyonce released. I actually can't stand 'Single Ladies' so i tend to always skip that one, i just find it so irritating and repetitive and the tune of it does my head in! I think it's one of those songs that i've just heard too much of so now i'm sick of it. All the rest of the tracks on this CD though are different and great and will put you in the mood to party. 'Hello' & 'Scared Of Lonely' are a little slower but they're still brilliant. 'Video Phone' is the track that Lady Gaga duetted with Beyonce on but she isn't on the track on this album which is a sham because i do prefer the version with Lady Gaga on it. But that's my only gripe.
Overall this is a Fabulous CD that i'd reccomend for any age and any mood!
Currently priced at £4.99 on Amazon
I had never classed myself as a huge Beyonce fan, but decided to buy her album I Am Sasha Fierce after hearing loads of songs from it. Originally the album was released in 2008 but has been re-released a couple of times. I have the platinum edition, which includes 20 tracks plus a DVD with 'behind the scenes' footage and 8 videos.
Some reviews I've read indicate that the album is divided into 2 CDs, one with the 'I Am' tracks which are softer and slower and more personal to Beyonce, while the other is the 'Sasha Fierce' side which contains more in-your-face tracks reflecting her on-stage persona. This is an interesting idea but isn't replicated in my copy: all the songs are on one CD. This is a shame in one sense but on the other hand it means the songs are mixed up a bit, meaning that the mood of the album changes a lot and never gets boring. The idea does seem to be reflected on the album cover - the front features Beyonce looking rather demure and sophisticated with a simple hairstyle and minimal makeup, and the back features her with her hair up and wearing glittery clothes, with a much more sultry expression on her face!
1. Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)
5. If I Were a Boy
6. Smash Into You
7. Sweet Dreams
8. Broken Hearted Girl
9. Scared of Lonely
10. That's Why You're Beautiful
13. Video Phone
14. Ego (Kanye West Remix)
15. Why Don't You Love Me
17. Save the Hero
20. Ave Maria
The album opens with strong dance-pop track Single Ladies, the video for which also seems to have become something of a hit if YouTube is anything to go by! The song is incredibly catchy and a great opening track.
Diva is a strong RnB track with an excellent beat. It's the sort of song which really gets into your head. Ego is not one of my favourite tracks, although it is saved from being massively arrogant by the impression I get that Beyonce isn't taking it - or herself - too seriously. Halo is a lovely, sweet song followed by the beautiful, thoughtful If I Were a Boy, which has a clever and stylish video. The gentle Smash Into You completes the early trio of slower songs, which I imagine belonged to the 'I Am' side of certain versions of the album.
Sweet Dreams follows, and this is probably my favourite track of the album. It is incredibly catchy with a fantastic beat. Things slow down a little for the violin-laden Broken Hearted Girl, and speed up a bit for Scared of Lonely, which has a strong dance beat. That's Why You're Beautiful is a nice-enough slower song, although not one of my favourites. Hello has really grown on me, and sounds lovely with the harmonies and prominent piano. Radio is a very dance-sounding track, and Video Phone is a catchy track with electronic beats. The next track is a remix of Ego featuring Kanye West, but although his presence goes well with the piano and old-school flavour of the song it gets rather annoying after a while. Why Don't You Love Me could be soppy and boring but is actually rather uptempo and catchy.
Honesty, Save the Hero, Satellites and Disappear are pleasant ballads that showcase Beyonce's fantastic voice, but aren't anything special in my opinion. The album closes with Ave Maria, a lovely sweet song that ends the CD nicely.
I really love this album - although there are some weaker tracks on here, the fact that there are 20 in total means that the number of amazing tracks equals the number of total tracks on most albums you can buy. This is fantastic value for money. It's a great achievement by Beyonce - this album has something for everyone and I highly recommend it.
Some girls have all the luck - stunning looks, an unrivalled talent, superstar husband with a bulging... wait for it... bank balance and millions of adoring fans across the globe. Not only this, but Beyonce seems to be one of the only women in the industry who seems to carry on with her business pretty much scot-free, whilst people like Britney, Mariah and Lindsay Lohan cause headlines just stepping out for coffee. To be fair, it is easy to see why Beyonce is so loved. She doesn't conform to type. She doesn't have that typical size zero figure, she isn't pictured falling out of cabs drunk as a skunk with no underwear, and she doesn't seem intent on living her life in the spotlight. This seemingly humble and down to Earth lady really does have it all doesn't she?
Beyonce likes to balance her working and personal lives, by splitting them (somewhat schizophrenically) into two people. Beyonce, being the woman you'd stop and chat to on the street, whilst Sasha Fierce (God knows where that came from) is the bootylicious power house you'd pay to see on stage. To mark these two clashing personalities, Beyonce decided to split her album into two different chapters. The soft and gentle songs being on the I am... side and the more upbeat club anthems taking the Sasha Fierce half. This is the first time Beyonce's released a double sided CD, but has it achieved all that she wanted it to achieve?
If I were A Boy
Smash Into You
That's Why You're Beautiful
Save The Hero
Scared Of Lonely
Why Don't You Love Me?
With a total of 18 brand new tracks, Beyonce really has gone all-out with this release, clearly wanting it to make an impact and, almost two years after its initial release, this album is still selling by the bucket load, going four times platinum in the UK alone and spouting a whopping 9 single releases (that's half the album). It's safe to say that this album is something pretty special, with all those releases, the somewhat expected drop in quality never happens here, with each single, ranging from debut If I Were A Boy, right up to the most recently released Why Don't You Love Me, all deserving of their airtime. These songs are released because, well, they're good, unlike some artists who continually release tracks from their albums, seemingly intent on upping their album sales and failing miserably to make any dent on the chart.
It's hard to be critical with this album, as, really all that needs deliberating over is which song is best (something I'm still unable to decide upon), and it's not just the single releases that make this album what it is, surprisingly every song has its place here, from the subtly brilliant Halo, to the almost iconic Single Ladies. The album is full of potential single releases, infact, if released all at once, Beyonce could have easily filled up half of the Top 40 Singles Charts with this album (the higher half, I hasten to add).
Starting with the I Am... section of this album, it's almost, yet not quite faultless, with the irritating Ave Maria being the only song that appears to be out of place here. A slow tempo French number sees Knowles singing beautifully to the backing track, yet this song just doesn't fit on this album at all and reminds me somewhat of the irksome Alexandra Burke rehash of Hallelujah. On a similar note, Save The Hero and Disappear, are samey in tempo, whilst remaining relevant and welcome on this album. The latter bringing a subtle serenity to the album, which, although the album doesn't entirely stick to, still appears to be needed here. Of the 9 tracks on this disc, only three made single releases, with the more upbeat half of the album occupying the majority of the chart hits. That's not to say that this disc doesn't have its place though. With the poignancy of If I Were A Boy, coupled with the acoustic genius of Smash Into You, this disc really does have a great deal to offer and would be a poorer listen without it, Smash Into You being one of the highlights on the entire album, this is a song that grabs you straight away. It's a slow tempo affair, with predominately a guitar for company that becomes impossible to ignore after the first 10 seconds. The Likes of Satellites and That's Why You're beautiful, both excellent songs, but serve more as filler here. The majority of the time, describing a track as filler would suggest that it's not worth bothering with, however, this is Beyonce we're talking about and she doesn't do things by halves. The filler here would be highlights on anyone else's albums, yet with the bar raised so high (by herself, and only herself) it's inevitable that there's going to be some tracks that don't quite live up to the rest.
Knowles isn't just the pretty front woman either, ever since the early days of Destiny's Child, she's been dipping her toes into the complicated and competitive world of song writing and producing. With the majority of the songs co-written by Knowles, it really is a testament to both her work ethic and talent. Production wise, everything flows well and all seems to be in the right order, with arguably the strongest track If I Were A Boy (one of the only songs not to be touched by Beyonce's magic pen) the opener on I Am..., every song seems to be preened and polished to perfection, with not a flaw in sight. With Beyonce also taking credit for the concept of the album (spreading it onto two discs), it's clear that she's had a massive input into this album and it's nice to know that some artists still do take pride in their work and Beyonce's passion shines through, throughout the duration of this album. That said, the idea of the two discs really isn't all that original and if you haven't researched it, it's likely that you'll take it on face value as simply being a double album.
I was surprised, yet equally impressed with the lack of guest stars to feature on the album. If we're talking about what goes with Beyonce, it's likely that your first answer will be Jay Z (seriously, I'm surprised these two haven't achieved world domination yet). With Jay Z featuring on a number of Beyonce's biggest hits (Upgrade You, Déjà vu and of course Crazy In Love), it's a surprise to see that he doesn't feature anywhere here. Instead Knowles has opted to bare her soul on this album and allow it to be about her and her only. However, upon release of some of the singles, there have been guest stars added, most notoriously Lady Gaga on the superb Video Phone, although, to be honest she doesn't add an awful lot and is overshadowed by Knowles, just like Knowles manages to steal the show on their recent number one duet, Telephone. Similarly, hip hop heavyweight Kanye West fails to make an impact when featuring on Ego and where Lady Gaga is unimpressive but bearable, West somehow manages to butcher, what's actually a pretty good song.
Onto the second, and, arguably superior half of the album, Sasha Fierce takes things up a notch with an array of up-tempo party songs that are bound to get even the most inconspicuous of folk up on the dance floor. Kicking off with the undoubtedly supreme Single Ladies. This is Beyonce's modernised take on Crazy In Love, with a suitable inclusion of some cleverly placed 'uh oh's'. It's impossible to ignore this song - love it, hate it, you know it. You know the words. Hell, you probably even know the dance. The video to this song has become a modern day Thriller and will undoubtedly go on to become one of the defining videos of the 21st century. This song slightly suffers from that omen though. Ok, so it's a great tune, but without that video would it really be such a force to be reckoned with?
Sasha Fierce, not only steps up the pace, but also raises the bar, surpassing previous disc I Am..., to put it simply, Sasha Fierce is utterly flawless and just when you think the album has hit an unbeatable high, the next track will come along and blow it out of the water. The base heavy tracks far outshine anything on the I Am... chapter of this album. For the up-tempo Radio, Beyonce goes all edgy on us, all the while, remaining radio friendly (pardon the pun). Speaking of edgy, the likes of Diva and Video Phone are something different than we've ever heard from Beyonce before, as a solo artist anyway. The two tunes are reminiscent of the Destiny Child hit Soldier, with that ever so slightly cocky edge that works a treat. Only Beyonce manages to tread the lines of arrogance without actually being slated for it - Mariah, don't even think about it. Ego may not be a track that grabs you straight away, but, nonetheless it definitely deserves its place on the album (without the terrible Kanye inclusion, of course), this song has something of a 60's inspired melody to it, again with that cocky edge infused into it.
The remaining tracks on the second disc, can often be overshadowed by the more prominent songs on the album (Single Ladies, Radio, Video Phone). Single release, Sweet Dreams unfortunately falls into this bracket, this one is a quiet winner, but after a few listens this easily becomes one of the catchiest songs on the album. Scared Of Lonely takes a similar pace, a catchy number that relies heavily on the base, with an accompanying violin occupying the majority of the song and it works brilliantly. Hello is extremely similar to Scared Of Lonely, too similar infact, however, the former is certainly the superior effort, with Hello being something of an acquired taste. Beyonce wails through the majority of the song and although it's something that doesn't bother me personally, it may bother others. This song does showcase her astonishing voice, however. One of the stand out tracks, for no other reason than it's just a little bit different, is Why Don't You Love Me. This song has attitude, with something of a club infused beat to it, this is the most recent song to be released, with a 50's inspired video and lots of excellent club mixes that suit this song down to the ground.
It's clear that Beyonce has put a huge amount of effort into her latest release and it definitely pays off in abundance. Although there is a weak link or two (the album concept and name being the most notable), there are actually very few weak tracks, only one that I willingly skip passed. With 95% of the tracks of this album real gems, it's extremely hard to fault this album and I look forward to Beyonce's future release.
Beyonce is amazng I think this album totally does the star justice and shows the best of her voice. This album has been in the charts for so long so its a real classic.
You get 2 discs included the first disc is I am.... which shows her belting out reall ballads that make you want to cry. They are very powerful and soulful.
The second disc is the Sasha Fierce section which shows beyonce's alter ego shine through. She is a totall diva! The songs are very upbeat and dance classics.
The album is a collection of all of beyonce's best ever songs they include
The smash hits Halo and Single Ladies Put A Ring On It! Numerous men (drag acts) have tried to immitate this as well everyone knows this song!
If I Were A Boy and Broken Hearted Girl are too other amazing songs. I find it spell bounding that a women can have such a powerful voice like her!
The album has sold over 6 million copies and has won 5 gramies it has also been a number 1 album. Not bad huh? Beyonce you haven't failed to please us!
Overall I would say one of the best albums you could buy shows a real women singing some amazing breath taking songs!
Beyonce - I am Sasha Fierce
This amazing album shows Beyonce in her best form and also in the form of her alter ego Sasha Fierce. At first I didn't really understand the concept of the album but it is clear to pick up once listened to a few times. You get two disks, disk one is Beyonce and disk 2 is Sasha Fierce.
Disk one has a lot more ballad type songs showing the love between her and Jay-Z and is based around her actual life. It also includes two of her biggest hits "If I were a boy" and "Halo".
I found disk 2 had more of an upbeat sound to it with songs such as "Single ladies" which has become well known and such a fun song to dance along to. "Diva" and "Ego" also have a very fun edge to them which livens up the whole of the album.
I think that the contrast between the two albums is perfect and shows the many different sides to Beyonce.
My favourite song on the album has to be "Halo" as I find it has heart felt lyrics and very easy to relate to. Beyonce shows in this song just how far she has come and what wonderful vocal range she has.
My least favourite song has to be "Satelittes" although I do like it, I don't think it is as good as the rest of the album and there seems to be something missing from the song.
Overall this is a super album and I would definitely recommend you listening to it, especially if you are a fan of Beyonce!
I am a huge fan of Beyonce and I absolutely love her music!, she hasn't yet released or produced a song that I don't like. I think that she is an amazing artist as she releases records that almost everyone can relate to no matter what age group you are.
My boyfriend bought me this CD as a gift because he knew how much I loved her music! When I got it I was so happy and put it on straight away. He bought the CD at Tesco for around £10
The CD has 2 disks. The first disk 6 of her slow songs on it. They are the kind or songs that you would listen to if you were upset and you wanted something to relate to or even just to chill out. On this disk the tracks are called:
1. If I Were A Boy
(This song was her best selling song in the UK)
4. Broken-hearted Girl
5. Ave Maria
The second disk of Beyonce's album consist of more up-beat songs. These are the kind of tracks that you find yourself dancing to and singing along to with out realising! They are more party sonss and most of them have a heavy beat, the tracks are called:
1. Single Ladies (put a ring on it)
Beyonce released this song after her hit 'If I Were A Boy', this song is very catchy and very popular with women as it has the theme of female empowerment!
4. Sweet Dreams
5. Video Phone
(Beyonce later recored a version with Lady GaGa and released it)
Overall I think that this album is great to listen to in the car or at home it is well worth the money, although she did record other songs so re-released the album but with a few extra songs. I bought her 'Platinum' album which was just as good but it had a few extra songs which are also great! I would recommend to anyone especially women who like to dance!
In 2008 Beyonce released what was to become "Her Best Album To Date". Well, me being me, a former fan of Destiny's Child, and Beyonce herself, alas, after her last album B-Day, I found myself not listening to her music at all. But, when I heard those five little words I couldn't help it, I had to hear what this album sounded like. So off I popped to the shops and bought the album, under the pretence that I could give it to my mum for Christmas.
Okay enough babbling! Lets get straight into this.
The album, I am ... Sasha Fierce is split into two halves, Disk One is Beyonce, disk two is her alter ego Sasha.
Here we go .... Disk One
If I were a Boy:
I'd roll outta bed in the morning/And throw on what I wanted then go/Drink beer with the guys/And chase after girls/I'd kick it with who I wanted/And I'd never get confronted for it.
The first single off the album, cool video as well, but the song, it's rather repetitive. Whilst the vocal is good and the music itself sets a smooth sombre mood, you soon realise you're listening to the same words in each verse. This song is like Marmite, you either love it or hate, personally ... I love it, Beyonce puts enough emotion into the song where its not over kill, but just right, making you believe her pain. 4 outta 5.
Hit me like a ray of sun/Burning through my darkest night/You're the only one that I want/Think I'm addicted to your light.
My foot is tapping and the music has only just begun. Okay, so before Beyonce even sings, I'm somehow thinking of Pussycat dolls, didn't they do a song called Halo on their album? Oh dear. Only joking! This song is brilliant, its believable, the lyrical sample I chose above was the one part of the song (except the chorus) that stood out for me, its a simple summary of what falling in love feels like. Beautiful vocal as well. 5 outta 5.
If I beg and if I cry/Would it change the sky tonight?/Will it give me sunlight?
Wow. Um. Yeah, this one is pants ... actually I half expected her to start singing something different, I'm reminded of another song by another artist but I just can't put my finger on it. Dang. Oh well, Pants song, if you liked Destiny's Child version of Emotions then you'll like this, but I didn't and I don't. 1 outta 5.
You say you've got the most respect for me/But, sometimes I feel you're not deserving of me/And still, you're in my heart/But you're the only one.
Okay, Piano, nice, nothing to overpowering music wise, bit of violin, good steady vocal, hmm, typical post break up song. Lots of girls will possibly listen to this and go "Oh I can relate" well, yeah actually most of us who have had a bad relationship can relate. Great lyrics, not brilliant, but better than just good, Beyonce is telling her man, I don't want to be broken hearted, I won't play that role, but I still love you. Hmm, listen to this one a couple of times and you'll like it. 4 outta 5.
Ave Maria: You are my heaven on earth/You are my hunger, my thirst/I always hear this voice inside..../Saying Ave Maria.
Ohhhh. Turn this one right up! It's a ballad but it is breathtakingly beautiful! Wow, purely wonderful, gentle vocal yet it fits perfectly with this song. I love how she sings the Ave Maria bit. I feel like I could listen to this song many times and not get fed up with it. By the third verse, you get a feeling that Beyonce will "give it some welly" as my Gran used to say, but she doesn't, and she keeps its amazingly right, she doesn't overpower the simple and beautiful lyrics with her voice. Exceptional song. My favourite so far. 5 outta 5.
Smash into You:
I'm in love and I'm racing the Earth/And I'm soaked in your love/And love is right in my path, in my grasp/And me and you belong.
Listen to this about four or five times. At first I want to skip it, and the second time I still want to skip it ... but by the fourth time I'm actually enjoying this. A bit of a let down coming off the back of Ave Maria but still good. Its a light song, not heavy on note runs, its a sort of breezy song, but the lyrics are still powerful. And towards the end of the song, the drums kick it up a notch and Beyonce gives it full force, but instead of killing the song, it actually makes the song more enjoyable. 4 outta 5.
Take all the rules away/How can we live if we don't change?/We're always on display...let's run and hide.
Don't let the title put you off. When I saw there a song called Satellites on the CD I was a bit taken aback but after listening to it three times now, its starting to grow on me. However I feel this song is more fitting for someone like Diane Vickers off the Xfactor, now she could make this song exceptional, Beyonce however, makes it just ... normal. Good song but not up to the same standard as the others (with the exception of Track Three) 3 outta 5.
That's Why You're Beautiful:
Diamonds used to be coal/Look young cause they got soul/That's why they're beautiful.
Oh its the little drummer boy song! Okay so it's not really, but honestly if Beyonce wasn't singing, you'd think the same thing! Alas this revelation hasn't helped me. Even with Beyonce singing I still have the Little Drummer Boy in my head. Anyway, you can't really understand what she's singing. 2 outta 5.
Time for Disk Two!
Single Ladies (Put a ring on It)
Cuz if you liked it then you should have put a ring on it/If you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it/Don't be mad once you see that he want it/If you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it.
I LOVE IT! Up beat, everyone dance, you won't be able to stop yourself I'm afraid. Ah funny looks off my boyfriend, funny because we've been together three years and accord to "Sasha Fierce" he shoulda put a ring on it by now haha. Okay, I can sum this song up in one word. Bootylicious. 5 outta 5!
You're the only one that Papa allowed to hang out in my room/With the door closed we'd be alone/And mama never freaked out when she heard it go BOOM/'Cause she knew we were in the zone.
Okay so I'm on to the second song and I guess I already know that this is going to be the dancey/up beat part of the album with disk one as the ballads. Right, Radio ... Ever heard the song Mickey? The really annoying one? If you have, well, think of this song in the same league as Mickey. Its annoyingly catching, its fun and full of life. You can just imagine a video for this song. Brilliant. 5 outta 5.
Since 15 in my stilettos, been struttin in this game/"What's yo age?" That's the question they ask when I hit the stage/I'm a diva, best believe her, you see how she gettin paid?
This song should make you laugh at the very start. Hmm, it's the kinda song I'd expect from someone like Ciara or TLC but coming from Beyonce makes me laugh even more. Its a good song, and I think Beyonce pulls it off quite well, but still, it sounds funny coming from Beyonce. 4 outta 5.
Every night I rush to my bed/With hopes that maybe I'll get a chance to see you when I close my eyes/I'm going outta my head/Lost in a fairytale.
Somehow I expected this to be a ballad, but its upbeat like the others, bit familiar to Radio. Catchy, great vocal, listen to this a couple of times it's a "grow on you" kind of song. I really want to dance. 5 outta 5.
You say you like my bag and the color of my nails/You can see that I got it goin' on/I wanna make sure you remember me/So I'ma leave my number on your video phone.
I just looked at the lyrics for this, ha-ha. Again, not the kind of song I'd expect from Beyonce. Its fun, feisty and straight to the point. I think I love Beyonce's alter ego. Catchy lyrics, I think I'm going to spend most of the day going "video phone", like I did when I first heard Womanizer by Britney ha-ha. Great song. 5 outta 5.
Don't need to buy a diamond key to unlock my heart/You shelter my soul/You're my fire when I'm cold/I want you to know.
Oh ... Its a ballad ... Almost. It reminds me a song off one of her previous albums, but I don't remember which one. When I realised this was not an up beat song, I thought it didn't fit in on this side of the album, but after listening to it again, I can see why its on disk two. The repeated Hello is driving me up the wall though. 4 outta 5.
Its too big (big)/Its too wide (wide)/Its too strong (strong)/It won't fit (fit)/Its too much (much)/Its too tough (tough).
Oh My God. Excuse me whilst I roll around the floor laughing. Okay, you have to actually listen to the full song, do not, and I repeat, do not make assumptions with this song after you've heard the first half of the song and chorus. Alas it appears I have a perverted mine ha-ha. Vocally exceptional, the lyrics are funny and fresh and will give you giggle. Exceptionally brilliant song, this one should have 10 outta 5! I love Sasha Fierce!
Scared Of Lonely:
And I'm scared of being the only shadow I see along the wall/And I'm scared the only heartbeat I hear beating is my own/And I'm scared of being alone.
Hmm, strange to end the album with a ballad, a proper ballad but I can see why. Listen to the lyrics, think of the other songs on this disk. This song is the side of Sasha Fierce we will never see. Beyonce has given her alter ego an insecurity and I love it. The song itself if okay, the vocal is good, together with the understanding that this is Sasha Fierce, makes this song amazing. 5 outta 5.
Overall: Okay, so I started listening to the album as a former fan left cold by the previous album. And I was sceptical of the whole "Her Best Album To Date" thing. But having listened to the album 3 times, I can safely say this is Beyonce's best work to date. She took a risk and split the album in two, she showed her soul on disk one, allowing the true Beyonce to unleash it all. On disk two she freed Sasha Fierce from the confines of her mind and gave freedom to a side we have never seen before. Both CDs rock, making this one outstanding album. I can expect many number ones from this CD and recommend you all go buy it ... or download it, whatever floats your boat! But honestly, you'll not go wrong with this CD.
Exceptional tracks like Ave Maria and Ego, Radio and Single Ladies, make you wonder, could her next album be better? I doubt it. Overall rating of this album, taking into account of the two weak tracks .... I have to give it 5 outta 5. ..
Beyonce - I Am Sasha Fierce Album
Beyonce's album called 'I Am' comes in a deluxe edition which has 2 CD's. One is titled I Am and the second CD is titled Sasha Fierce.
The first CD called I Am is slower songs that are mellow and easy listening. I am going to review each track giving you how long it lasts in minutes. I will also give you a rating what I think the song is out of 5.
1. If I Were a Boy (4.10) 5/5
This song is why I bought this album. The music is playing softly in the background and you get to hear Beyonce's great voice as she shows off her voice very well. The song is about Beyonce being a boy and how she would be a better man, as she knows all about girls. I always find myself singing along to this song. The chorus is catchy and dramatic. It is easy listening and very calming with just the guitar playing softly.
2. Halo (4.22) 2/5
There is an edgy start to this song and it gets your attention. It makes you think something is wrong and can make me feel annoyed sometimes when I listen to it as its got the violins playing in a high pitch so it can leave you on edge. The more I listen to it the more I get used to it. I do find the chorus very annoying to listen to. To me it sounds like she is just shouting. I find myself more times than not turning it over to the next song. It is about letting someone in as they are perfect and are an angel as they can see their halo.
3. Disappear (4.29) 3/5
I find this song is dreamy and easy listening way better after listening to the previous track. It isn't one of them songs which jumps out at you really one you could forget very easily. I do find it nice to listen to though and find it relaxing playing in the background. The song is about a boy disappearing and they are not close to them.
4. Broken-Hearted Girl (4.39) 4/5
A more dramatic song which straight away gets your attention with the piano playing sharply in the background with a nice tune. The orchestra gradually builds up to the chorus. I feel that this song would get your attention more if it were on the radio. The title gives away what the song is about and it is about a girl not wanting to be broken hearted so she is going to be strong. The song makes you feel that you are a stronger person.
5. Ave Maria (3.42) 5/5
This is my favourite song on the whole album as it's so soft and lovely to listen to. Beyonce sings it beautifully and it is extremely relaxing to listen to. The orchestra is playing softly in the background. The song is someone being lost but they find their way.
6. Smash Into You (4.32) 4/5
Another slow song for your to relax to with Beyonce showing off her vocals and a soft beat playing in the background. It is a lovely song to listen to and is about being in love with someone.
7. Satellites (3.08) 3/5
This track is following the trend, as the others as it is soft and easy to listen to. You have soft music in the background, which is soothing to listen to. It is about a relationship, which is on display, and they can't be themselves.
8. That's Why You're Beautiful (3.41) 3/5
There is a strong start to this song with the drums beating and guitar playing. The song is explaining why he is beautiful. This isn't one of my favourites on this CD. It's the last slow song with just instruments and Beyonces voice. There are no special effects as such.
The first CD on this track shows an innocent side to Beyonce with pure tracks that are slow. It shows her shy feminine side.
The second CD is called Sasha Fierce. She is Beyonce's alter ego who she becomes when she is performing. I am going to go through each track like the last CD.
1. Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) (3.13) 5/5
This song is upbeat and gives a good message to all the single ladies. The message is to be strong and don't like a man mess you about. I find this song gets me dancing and is different from other songs.
2. Radio (3.39) 2/5
Straight away I get an R'n'B vibe from this song. A lot is happening and it has a computerised vibe to it. It's a fast paced song, which can get annoying the more you listen to it. The song is about being love with her radio, as she loves the music.
3. Diva (3.21) 3/5
At the start you hear a funny computer voice which plays throughout the song. It is another R'n'B song however this one has less happening and a better beat to it. The song is very repetitive and it wouldn't take long to learn the words. Beyonce spends most her time rapping and talking through this song. It is about a Diva and it is a female version of a hustle. It is another empowering song for woman and leaves them thinking they can be strong and the boss.
4. Sweet Dreams (3.28) 5/5
Beyonce is back singing again showing off her voice in a fast paced song. Her voice sounds great in this song. The song is about a man and she is wondering if he is going to be a sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare. I like the chorus in this song, as it is very catchy that will get you singing along to.
5. Video Phone (3.35) 3/5
We are back to rapping in this song and Beyonce doesn't sing much its more talking. The computerised vibe is throughout the song with a strange beat. The song is about leaving her number on a man's videophone. It's not one of the better songs on the track and really is an album filler.
6. Hello (4.17) 3/5
This song is about a man not having to impress Beyonce as she fell in love with him the first time she seen him and he said hello. An upbeat song which is ok to listen to but what spoils the song for me is the chorus can get very annoying to listen to as she repeats hello loads of times!
7. Ego (3.56) 5/5
This song is different from the others as it has a jazz feel about it. The trumpets and orchestra are playing in the background and it is lovely to listen to the music. Ego is about a man having a big ego but he can back it up.
8. Scared of Lonely (3.43) 3/5
We finish this album with a song about worried about being lonely. It's edgy and has clapping throughout. It has a very fast beat, which makes you feel like she is panicking and fits the words of the song very well.
The second CD Sasha Fierce has some good song and some very annoying ones. It shows an edgier more confident Beyonce who is a strong woman.
The album is split into Beyonce's two personalities which works out that you have a CD of soft slow songs and then another CD with faster upbeat more empowering songs.
I like this album I would tend to listen to the slower songs more often to relax to. The second CD has faster songs, which are more for a party.
It costs £12.98 for this album which I think is good enough value as you get 16 tracks for that price between the two CD's.
I do feel that this CD really is only for a person who likes Beyonce's music as if you are not a fan some of the not so good songs would really annoy you.
A global phenomenon that just about adeqately sums up Beyonce Knowles. I Am ...Sasha Fierce is her third studio album. The album has 11 songs which are split into 2 CD's even though they would comfortably fit onto one. Her reasoning for this is that the first CD is her reflection on her, the songs are a reflection of her. The second CD is given to her alter-ego , Sasha Fierce. and contains more songs with attitude and gusto.
As I am sure everyone is aware Beyonce was one third (and some would say the most important) of the hugely successful Destinys Child. The group split amicably in 2005. Beyonce went solo and the rest is history.
This album introduces Beyonces' stage alter-ego Sasha Fierce. She has stated that Sasha was "born" during the making of her 2003 hit single "Crazy in Love." This was to off set the criticism regarding the difference between her on stage raunchy performances and off stage life.
==Singing/Song Style and Writing Infulences ==
Few would argue that Beyonce has a fantastic voice. She has the ability to sing low or high notes, pop, RnB, Ballads,Soul. She can deliver almost any sound you could desire. She is sometimes knocked for "over singing" but a dont think this is a major concern. Beyonce has stated that since meeting and now marrying the rapper Jay Z her writing and singing style has changed. If you go through her back catalogue with Destiny's child it is actually quite clear to see this.
===Disk One - I Am===
1. If I Were A Boy
4. Broken Hearted
5. Ave Maria
=== Disk Two - Sasha Fierce===
1. Single Ladies
3. Sweet Dreams
5. Video Phone
=== Personal Opinion on Each Track ===
Below are my thoughts on each song.
===Disk One - I Am===
1. If I Were A Boy - I think this is a great opening song for an album and it was the first song to be released from the album . Its has emotion and drama. Her lyrics are great, the song has a great tempo and actually grows on you over time. The video enhances the song exceptionally well. 10/10
2. Halo - Again a fantastic song. I like this song even though its a bit repetative. It has a Gospel feel to it. Its dramatic and has a good strong beat. Again (as with most of her songs) lyrical it deals with a relationship. Its a steady song and again one that will grow on you. 8/10
3. Disappear - A slow song, perhaps a bit to slow in my opinion. Its pleasent enough. There is minimal use of instruments in this track which shows off the power of her voice, but its lacking something, not sure what though. 8/10
4. Broken Hearted - A great piano led introduction, again a slower song with minimal instruments which shows off her voice greatly. She delivers raw emotion and drama in the lyrics. A fine song. 8/10
5. Ave Maria - Most people will already know this song. Its not normally a song that appeals to me. Beyonce adds her own speacial touch to it and sings it beautifully, but it still just does not do it for me. 7/10
6. Satellites - Again another slow song, its accpompanied by a pleasent musical arrangement. Her singing is as always exemplary, this song shows off her vocal talent for a ballad wonderfully. Its a great ballad. 10/10
=== Disk Two - Sasha Fierce===
1. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - 3.15 One word discribes this track Brilliant, for me this song and its video is show all that is great about Beyone. Its upbeat,sassy and has an attitude all of its own. You cant help but sing along and possibly try the dance moves ladies only of course. Pure brilliance. 10/10
2. Radio - Great sassy introduction to this song. Definitely a song to be played loud. She has the perfect voice for up tempo attitue style songs such as like. Its a fantastic song with a great beat fantastic. 9/10
3. Diva - An up tempo song with a very catchy beat and lyrics. I like it. A think its a bit tongue in cheek. I like the song but it does not grab me like other songs on the album. 8/10
4. Sweet Dreams - My favourite song on the album. Its stunning. A heavy beat which grabs you from the start and holds you all the way through the song. Man she sings her ass off in this song. Its catchy its raunchy its sassy. The video for this song is brilliant. A fantastic song. 10/10
5. Video Phone - On this songs she duets with Lady Gaga, and for me it works well. Another song bursting with a heavy beat and sung with attitude. its very catchy and the video as always with Beyonce is perfect for the song. I like this song alot, it one that will grow on you, trust me. 9/10
At first I was unsure as to why you would put the songs on 2 albums when they would quite comfortable fit onto one. Well after listening to the albums you can see why. You can just choose the CD for the mood you are in. CD 1 if your feeling somewhat romantic/loved up or CD 2 if your feeling sassy with a bit of attitude. I rate this album. It is possible to listen to repeatedly because you can simply choose a CD for the mood you are in.
Beyonce's singing on the album is simply outstanding, for me she is the best female singer out there at the moment.
Her writing is brilliant, if a little girl powerish! Creatively she is at her best and long may it continue.
There are some songs that personally I am not overly keen on, but thats to be expected. The stand out songs for me are; Single Ladies, Satellites, Halo and Sweet Dreams.
I would strongly recommend this album, its a fine piece of work from an artist currently in top form. Overall 9/10.
Genre Pop, R&B
Recently , I was sorting out my CD collection (putting CDs back into their correct cases etc), when I realised that I had a lot of CDs in my collection which I hadn't already reviewed , and so thought I'd share my reviews on them.
Until this year , although Beyonce has always been a 'big star' , I had never really taken much notice of her. Although , this year , releasing some of the best songs of the year , I realised what a good artist Beyonce is and after hearing 'If I were A Boy' and 'Halo' , I just had to buy her album.
I Am ...Sasha Fierce is the the third studio album from Beyonce released in the United Kingdom on November 17th 2008. The album comes under the 'RnB' and Pop genres. The album has twelve tracks on it , which are split down onto two different CDs. The first CD represents Beyonce's sweet and 'ballad-y' style , whereas the other CD is taken over by her alter-ego , Sasha Fierce , and contains more attitude bursting tunes. The length of the album is just over forty minutes. This CD is available to buy from Amazon for £8.98.
I will now give a brief review of the songs on the album.
* CD1 *
1)If I Were A Boy - I like the drama in the song , especially the big ending it has! It's a real 'girl power' kind of song. The lyrics are very interesting!
2)Halo - I love this upbeat ballad!
3)Disappear - Quite a chilled out song , with a sort of acoustic sound to it.
4)Broken Hearted - One of my favourite songs on the album.The Europop styled ballad starts off with some strong piano chords which proceed to pounce throughout the track. The song has quite a 'classy' sound to it which adds to the drama.
5)Ave Maria - Never before would I have thought that I would like this song ,but after hearing Beyonce sing it , I love it! She really adds her own magical touch to it.
6)Smash Into You - I really like this song as it has quite a romantic feel to it. Doesn't sound like a usual Beyonce song!
1)Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - At first I hated this song , but it's kind of grown on me now! It's bursting with attitude and is quite a 'busy , rushing around' kind of song.
2)Radio Diva - I don't really like this song as I feel it doesn't really go anywhere.
3)Sweet Dreams - Bursting with attitude.I really like the chorus.
4)Video Phone - The beginning reminds me of music from a cowboy film. This song takes a while to get going. Not really a fan of this song.
5)Hello - I love the backing track to this , although I feel the singing is far too fast , and think that the verses could have been slower. Although I absolutely love the chorus.
6)Ego - I don't really like this song , it's a bit bland. A poor finish to the album.
I was really impressed with this album ; I really didn't think Beyonce was this good. I was suprised to discover that I love nearly all of the tracks on the album , which is quite rare these day. Songs which stand out for me are 'If I Were A Boy , Broken Hearted , Halo , Sweet Dreams and Hello. Each song gives something to the album. Although I like most of the songs , I would say that I prefer CD1 compared to CD2 although there are some great tracks on both of them. I could definetely listen to this album over and over again! I feel her songs just keep getting better and better!
Beyonce has a fantastic voice ; I was amazed at how low and high she can go! She has such a great vocal range , and nothing seems too much of her strain. I love the 'fancy' bits that she does , and they seem so easy for her to do.Each note is perfect and each line is delivered with feeling. I love how she brings each song to life and makes you believe in the song. I also think it's amazing at how much she was involved with in the making of this album. Not many artists can say they're the executive producer on their albums!
I liked the idea of splitting the songs up onto different CDs , as it means you can choose which CD to listen to depending on which mood you are in. CD1 is more laid back and romantic , whereas CD2 is more party styled music with attitude. There are some great dancy tracks on the second CD , so this album will definately get you up and dancing. I think that this would be a perfect album to play at a house party or most certainly a children's party , now that's it's party season and all that.
I have seen a lot of reviews from fans who are disappointed with this album and have said that it's not as good as her previous two albums. I havn't heard her other two albums and so I am unable to comment on whether I think it's as good or better as the other albums. The reviewers also said that her sound has changed , but perhaps that is the reason why I like her so much now. I didn't like Beyonce's music before ,but now I love her , perhaps it's because she's changed!
There are some memorable lyrics to the songs. They always seem to have certain lines which stand out and they always seem to be about something everyone can relate to , especially the love related songs like Broken Hearted Girl , which I think is great.
I would definetely recommend this album! It's one of the best CDs of this year!
Thanks For Reading!
December 22nd 2009
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)
'I am... Sascha Fierce' is Beyonce's third solo album which was released in November 2008, but I am reviewing the deluxe edition which was a re-release for 2009. The title of the album refers to Beyonce's alter ego when performing.
The reason I bought this was because I liked the track 'Sweet Dreams', and was hoping the rest of the album was just as good - but was a little disappointed with some of the tracks.
The deluxe version has 19 tracks - including the single, If I Were A boy, Halo, Sweet Dreams, Broken Hearted Girl and Single Ladies. All of which I had heard previously on the T.V and radio and are some of the best tracks on here.
The other 14 tracks are in the same style but some not as catchy.
My favorites from the album are as follows:
If I Were A Boy.
I loved this when it was released and saw Beyonce perform it live on T.V where she blew me away with her voice. It seems like it would be a difficult song to sing but she does it flawlessly.
It is quite an emotional song, musing on role reversal. Excellent track.
If you've seen 'Jerry Maguire', then you will recognise the chorus line of this track - 'You had me at hello'. I'm not sure if there is supposed to be a connection there but it always makes me think of that moment in the movie whenever I hear this.
Aside from that, this is a love song but quite upbeat with it, and a nice catchy chorus to sing along to.
This one has got a faster, R & B beat - a nice change from some of the ballads on the album.
As the title suggests, she is singing about a guy with a big ego.
This one was released as a single and is fantastic. The voice is perfection, the music is electronic sounding but interesting....and the video's excellent too.
The downside to this album, is that it seems to be padded out with too many boring, samey ballads, with little to them. In my opinion, they just sound too alike and although her voice is always fantastic, I would prefer to hear it singing a more interesting and/or lively song.
All in all a decent album with some excellent tracks, however some are just a bit too blah and seem to just be padding it out.
God is there anything that Beyonce cant sing or anything that Beyonce has ever sung that isn't fantastic! I don't think so! I Am Sasha Fierce is the thrid studio album by american RnB sensation Beyonce Knowles and was released around November 2008.
And since then a delux edition has been released featuring even more songs on a second disk. The album includes hit that have already been released as singles such as "If I Were A Boy", "Sweet Dreams", "Halo" and "Broken Hearted Girl" which all quickly became very popular songs and some even reached the number 1 spot.
The second disk on her album is devoted to her fiesty alter ego "Sasha Fierce" and this is the ego that Beyonce takes on when she is doing her more upbeat dancy songs like "Single Ladies."
If I Were A Boy
Smash Into You
That's Why You're Beautiful
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Scared Of Lonely
My favourite song of the album has to be her version on Ave Maria, it really shows how beautiful her voice is by putting her own stamp on a classic and is really just a fantastic song!
Prices & Stockists:
So as you can see you can get it for around £10 online but maybe even cheaper in a HMV store so if there's one near you it's well worth checking it out.
This is the 3rd studio album from the former star of girl group Destiny's Child. This album is split into two halves, one featuring upbeat & dancey tracks whilst the other half has a much more chilled out vibe to it featuring a number of ballads.
You will be familiar with the singles "If I Were A Boy", "Halo" & "Single Ladies" featured on this CD as well as her latest smash hit "Sweet Dreams". There's a good variety and depth to thie music featured & Beyonce isn't scared to experiment & try new ground. Her voice is amazing & she really gets the chance to show it off here. The catchy lyrics will be in your head in no time.
Personally I slightly prefer the more chilled out half of the CD as I think Beyonce's voice perfectly suits this kind of material & you can feel the sheer emotion in her voice. I think this album demonstrates perfectly how much Beyonce has matured in terms of her music from when she first arrived on the scene.
I would highly recommend this album with it's infectious selection of RnB, there aren't no fillers just loads of great tunes. I really hope to get tickets to see her live in the future as I've heard this is an equally fantastic experience.
Please note this review is for the original CD rather than the Special Deluxe Edition CD. I have always been a fan of Beyonce, especially when she was in Destinys Child. Therefore I was keen to get her latest release as soon as it came out. The album artwork is different to that in the picture above (that is the artwork from the special edition CD) and shows Beyonce holding back her hair in a black and white picture. My album artwork is more of a close up of her face than in the picture above. I paid around £10 for my album back when it was released (late 2008) however you can now purchase this edition for around £6.99 (play.com). The special edition can be purchased for £8.99 and I would recommend getting this if you are a Beyonce fan as there are more songs. Both of the versions of the CD are split over 2 discs, on this CD the songs are categorised into slower songs and the more upbeat songs.
*Track 1: If I were a boy (4 minutes 12 seconds)*
First song to be released from the album. One of my favourite songs on the album which has simply grown on me over time. Lyrics describe a relationship in which the female wishes she was male so she could behave the way her partner does. Slow song however it has a good beat and tempo. Beyonces lyrics and voice work wonders and this song really shows off her voice as there are a lot of long notes and also my favourite where Beyonce growls out the word! The song sounds fab as the chorus and bridge are more upbeat and accompanied by more backing music however the verses are very quiet with little backing music which show off her voice well.
*Track 2: Halo (4 minutes 24 seconds)*
Third song to be released from the album. Again it has a very strong beat to this song which works well with Beyonces vocals. This song in a way reminds me of gospel music simply because of the way the chorus is sang. The lyrics refer to a relationship in which she is very much in love and see's her partner as an angel. I really like this song and like the fact that although the song is about love and the lyrics are very sweet it is still upbeat. Again, the verses are a lot quieter than the chorus and Beyonce vocals are shown off well due her having long notes, high notes and low notes all within the song. This song is very catchy and I often find myself singing 'Halo' over and over!
*Track 3: Disappear (4 minutes 31 seconds)*
This song is much slower that its two predecessors on the album. I like this as it brings the album to a calm because although the 2 previous songs have been slow, they have had a good beat and have had a change in tempo. This song has more of an instrumental background. The lyrics refer to a relationship in which she cannot quite grab hold of the other person. The song requires Beyonce to alter her voice a lot which shows her talents off well. Personally, I believe this to be one of the weaker songs on the album because it all sounds very similar and therefore I believe it to get slightly boring after a while.
*Track 4: Broken-Hearted Girl (4 minutes 41 seconds)*
Again, keeping with the more simple music, Beyonce is accompanied by a piano on this track. I really like this track and it is guaranteed to bring a tear to my eye almost every time I listen to it! The lyrics tell of how she doesn't want to live without her partner and doesn't want to be broken hearted. Although this song is more upbeat and has a faster tempo, I find it to be very emotional and something that I imagine an awful lot of people can relate to. Beyonces voice sounds absolutely phenomenal on this track and I think the piano really complements her sound, I hope she will release it as a single as I think it could do very well.
*Track 5: Ave Maria (3 minutes 44 seconds)**
This is another tear jerker on the album and Beyonces voice is accompanied by very simple music in order to show off her true talents. At first, I wasn't a fan of this song but now really enjoy it, especially the bridge before the chorus as I believe it to be very moving and also very beautiful. The lyrics talk of how she is so lucky to have found a particular person and they are all that matter to her. The chorus is very simple and short but really shows well Beyonces voice and capability. The end of the song is very high pitched and adds a side to Beyonce we have rarely seen before.
*Track 6: Satellites (3 minutes 9 seconds)*
Another slower song with simple music. The music which accompanies Beyonce here plays a large part in the song and there are a number of sections which are primarilly instrumental. The lyrics talk about how important communication is in relationships and again refers to herself being very much in love. Another beautiful song however this is not a firm favourite of mine on the album simply due to the song being very repetative. However, I do believe the length of the song is just right becuase if it was any longer it would begin to get very tedious.
*Track 1: Single Ladies (Put a ring on it) (3 minutes 15 seconds)*
Second single to be released from the album. This is where the much more upbeat music makes its appearance and this CD is much more similar to Beyonces previous work. This song has a very good beat and is very catchy with the line 'put a ring on it', this was a huge dancefloor hit. The verses are also very catchy and have a great beat to back them up. The vocals say that if men want to keep their girls they should put a ring on their finger and that girls will not hang around forever. Beyonces vocals are very good on this track however her voice is not stretched as it had been previously on the album, this song is very repetative ensuring parts of it get stuck in your head.
*Track 2: Radio (3 minutes 41 seconds)*
I love this song and it has been a firm favourite of mine since buying the album. The beat and tune behind Beyonce's voice is spectacular and it is great for blasting out of your stereo! Even though the music is very upbeat with a good tempo, the verses show off how well Beyonce can sing and the vocals in the verses are actually quite slow meaning that this song provides you with the best of both sides of Beyonce. The lyrics tell of how much she enjoys listening to the radio but also refers to a man in it. I love the chorus and the bridge as they are both so catchy and I think the lyrics are absolutely fab! Firm favourite.
*Track 3: Diva (3 minutes 23 seconds)*
Again, this song is very catchy and has a great beat and good tempo. Personally, it is not a favourite of mine on the album although I can imagine others would be very fond of it. I especailly like the beat in the back which sounds similar to the drum as it makes the song sound very street and makes you dance along! The lyrics tell us all about what a diva actually is and how they behave. Beyonces vocals here remind me a lot of her older music as her deeper voice is introduced. I really like the end of the song as it is fun and good to listen to. The song is very catchy and I could see it doing very well if she released it.
*Track 4: Sweet Dreams (3 minutes 30 seconds)*
Another favourite of mine on the album due to it being so catchy and fantastic to sing along to! The beat on this song is heavy and makes the song very cool and great to listen to, sing to and dance to! The lyrics talk of how she dreams of a man and how perfect he is to her. I love the chorus as it is pure pop and great to sing along to in the car. Beyonces vocals are also tested in the chorus and as ever she sounds fab.
*Track 5: Videophone (3 minutes 35 seconds)*
I listened to this song quite a few times before I really listened to the lyrics and I was introduced to a whole new side of Beyonce! The lyrics tell of how she wants her partner to video her using their phone and how she knows just what he wants. This song has a good beat to it although it is not as heavy as in other songs on the album. Beyonces voice is not really stretched here and is your everyday R&B song.
If you buy the super deluxe edition of the album you recieve an extra 4 songs titled Thats why you're beautiful, Hello, Ego and Scared of Lonely.
I absolutely love this album! It is one of the few albums that I can listen to over and over again and still not get bored. I find that the way the tracks are compiled means that they run smoothly with one another and you do not get too much of the similar songs together. I like the way Beyonce has grouped the slower songs together and the more upbeat songs together because I always do this when making a CD as it allows you to listen to what you want to. I listen to the first CD much more than the second simply because it contains my favourite songs on it. I always like to have a sing along in the car and I find that this album is absolutely perfect for this!
All of the songs on this album are very strong and there is not a single one that I don't like. I happily listen to the whole album through rather than skipping songs because I believe them all to be of a very high standard and quality. There is not a single song on this album that I was disappointed with or felt shouldn't be on the album. The only thing I don't like about the album is that it is spread over 2 CDs which makes it annoying if you want to listen to pieces off of both sections.
I would recommend this album to absolutely anyone, regardless of whether you are a Beyonce fan or not. Her vocals linked with the music used on this album produce a very high standard of CD and one I imagine that will be referred to time and time again. This is one of my favourite CDs in my entire CD collection and I always turn to it.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 If I Were A Boy
4 Broken-Hearted Girl
5 Ave Maria
6 Smash Into You
8 That's Why You're Beautiful
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
4 Sweet Dreams
5 Video Phone
8 Scared Of Lonely