Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Beyonce - 4 |Album Review

4-Play |Review by Barbie

Patience is a virtue which Barbie don’t possess. There’s currently a very long list of things I’m impatiently waiting on, including Christmas, my custom Kandee and a proposal from Ryan Reynolds. Thankfully I’ve recently managed to check one thing off my list: the latest honey-coated slice of pie from Queen Bey!

Yes, two and a half years after the release of the EPIC I Am… Sasha Fierce, Beyonce is back with her new album, 4. Expecting to find the next Single Ladies, a little Jay-Z duet and at least one track which would lend itself to a concert sing-a-long, I was surprised to find a much more chilled, soulful vibe on this record. Bey’s clearly a lover, not a fighter, and I am L-O-V-E-ING her style! Can this Naughty Girl do no wrong?

Totally written about a certain Mr Carter, the vocals on this Bey-ootiful opening track send shivers down my cold hearted spine. I don’t know much about algebra but I know a number one when I hear one! This WILL be the wedding song of 2011 Wasps, and it sure as hell beats Lonestar’s Amazed. Any doubters, see B’s performance of this baby on American Idol… Beyonce got enough love for the both of us.

I Care
I told you how you hurt me baby, but you don’t care… you utter bastard! If 1+1 is about Jay then I’m not sure who the subject of this hard-hitter is. Surely he cares? Surely he don’t make her cry? Don’t make me doubt my favourite couple B! Whoever the song is about, I LOVE the stomping chorus littered with crashing cymbals, which I’m currently imagining being bashed off either side of Jay-Z’s big ol’ puppy dog face. You better care Jay! Or Barbie gonna beat yo ass!

I Miss You
A short and sweet ballad with tentative vocals, I can already picture the video, with Bey wandering around a heavenly white apartment, all byyyyyy herselfffff. Simple, yet effective, one for smoochy make-up sex after Ken apologises for using your Fake Bake and buys you some new Loubs. True story.

Best Thing I Never Had
Potentially my favourite song EVER! From the moment I heard the tinkling ivories and the opening line “What goes around comes back around” I was hooked. There is nothing better than the feeling of wanting someone, only to have them screw you over, until they realise YOU are the best thing they coulda-but-are-neva-gonna have! I bet it sucks to be any of Beyonce’s exs right now, although rumour has it that’s a very short list. Bey’s a one man kinda girl! The same cannot be said for Barbie… clearly lacking in Mama Knowles’ good Southern values ;-)

Any artist worth their Grammys needs at least one killer collab on their album, and B delivers just that with Party. Featuring Andre 3000 and Mr Douchebag himself, the lovable Kanye West, Party manages to continue the love theme but with a more upbeat, dirty girls night out but still thinkin’ bout yo man kinda way. I did expect more from Mr West but I’m loving Andre 3000’s style… definitely his finest work since Hey Ya.

Rather Die Young
Awesome James Dean inspired lyrics, but you’re getting just a little needy here B… no guy is worth your life! Not even Ryan Reynolds… well maybe Ryan Reynolds… I’d die for you baby! NAWT!

Start Over
Potential single? I LOVE this track! The opening synth vibes remind me of A-Ha’s Take On Me, but I’m pretty sure that was unintentional. Powerful lyrics like “Maybe we’ve reached the mountain peak and there’s no more left to climb” tell the story of a love gone stale, but which neither side is quite willing to part with. Barbie can TOTALLY relate. I still love my pink leopard Alexa, but she’s lost her shine. I’m not saying I want a new model, I want the same bag only better. See? Me and Bey. Two of a kind.

Love On Top
A jazzy little number which wouldn’t have been out of place on the Dreamgirls soundtrack, Love On Top reminds me a little of The Jackson Five, fun, cute and catchy. Unlikely to make it to single territory but I can picture The Mamas getting their jazz hands on at Bey’s next tour. Big love to those backing singers!

One of the most upbeat numbers on the album but love is still the key. Beginning with a little reggae vibe and some Roberta Flack, theres enough of a beat to shake your booty too, but I’m not too sure what we’re waiting on as Countdown misses out on any big vocals or dance breaks. However, I love the Boys II Men sample and I’m feeling definite potential for a Minaj remix! A few of her killer lines would bring the New Year’s tongue tango this track is missing.

End Of Time
With it’s building beat and the “say you’ll, say you’ll nev-nev let me go” refrain, End of Time is crying out to be spun in a smoke-filled strobe-lit Ibiza super club. God, you’re a DJ, right? Get it sorted.

I Was Here
An emotion-filled ballad in which Beyonce tells of her desire to leave a legacy when she passes to the other side… Girlie, we ain’t forgetting you in a hurry. Produced by One Republic’s Ryan Tedder, the genius behind Leona Lewis’ Bleeding Love, and penned by song writing legend Diane Warren, the haunting I Was Here features lyrics like “The hearts I have touched, will be the proof that I leave, that I made a difference and this world will see, I was here”. June 4th 2009, O2 Arena, Dublin. Queen Bey touched Barbie’s heart and I don’t doubt she will again <3

Run The World (Girls)
The lead single from 4, this is the ultimate floor filler for a girlie night out. A fun, fast-paced frolic, Run The World (Girls) samples Major Lazer’s Pon De Floor, transforming it into an empowering chant to taunt your Ken with next time you make him do your laundry.

THE VERDICT: After my two and a half year countdown, I can honestly say that 4 didn’t live up to my expectations, it FAR FUCKING SURPASSED THEM! Long live the Queen! FIVE LOUBOUTINS FOR THE BEST BOOTY IN THE BUSINESS!

‘Til next time Wasps… I will always be the best thing you never had ;-)

Love Barbie x

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