ALBUM REVIEW: Beyoncé – Beyoncé

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If anyone else had dropped a self-titled album without any press or even any rumour, the release would have been a car crash. For the undisputed Queen of Pop, however, this was not the case. Reaching the top spot in the iTunes download charts in 104 different countries, and selling 828,773 copies in its first three days of availability, Beyoncé’s latest offering is the fastest selling release in iTunes download history. No singles, no promo, no nothing. Perhaps that’s why, after only three days, Beyoncé Knowles is already turning a huge profit.

There is only one thing I want to know… With tracks this good, this intense and this soulful, how the hell does anyone keep this release a total secret?! I certainly couldn’t be trusted with it! Featuring such artists as Jay-Z, Drake and Frank Ocean, ‘Beyoncé’ serves as a testament to all that we consider to be talent in the world of soulful R&B.
Following the release of Justin Timberlake’s double album, a critic said that those albums made for the most powerful sexual soundtrack he’d ever heard… Move over, JT. With this release, Queen B’s gonna make you her bitch. Speaking of Timberlake, one can’t help but speculate that a collaboration between the two superstars is pretty inevitable. With such a convergence of musical styles, these two artists are becoming something of a mirror image to each other.
Track-by-track, this album displays all that is good about music and, more importantly, it demonstrates almost every aspect of Beyoncé’s incredible talent. That voice – especially on the slower, ballad-like ‘Mine’ (which features Drake) – is spine-tinglingly pure. You can’t help but be drawn in to the album. Even if, like me, you wanted to jump straight to the track that features Frank Ocean (which is, by the way, amazing) you can’t. You have to listen to this track-by-track, as it was intended. That, for me, is why Beyoncé hasn’t released a single from the album – she wants it to be appreciated for the work of art it quite clearly is.
If for some reason, you haven’t jumped on the hype that is this release (presumably because you’re “just too indie” to appreciate musical genius) then, frankly, you’re an idiot. Beyoncé, as a release and as an artist, is already making history – you’d be an absolute fool to miss out on this.
Sam Dibley 

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