4 CD (2011)

Artist: Beyonce

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Product Overview


Label Parkwood Entertainment/sbmg
SKU 221861994
UPC 886979082427
UPC 14 00886979082427
Format CD
Release Date 6/28/2011
Author Beyonce
Associated Artist/Work Beyonce Tribute Band
Associated Artist/Work Gaga, Lady
Associated Artist/Work Jay-Z
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Slim Thug
Technical Info
CatalogID 88697908242
Lable Name Columbia (USA)
Released 06/24/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 46m : 28s
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00886979082427
Musical Guests
Andre 3000
Album Notes and Credits
Photographers: Ellen Von Unwerth; Greg Gex; Tony Duran .
Beyonc? reportedly recorded 72 songs for 4, 12 of which made the cut. The album's stylistic range was indicated through its first two singles, the busy and hyper empowerment anthem "Run the World (Girls)" and the bombastic ballad "Best Thing I Never Had." Said to be inspired by a diverse list of artists, from Fela Kuti to DeBarge, Beyonc? also lets herself go -- from a vocal standpoint -- as a way to reach the energy level of her live performances.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (pp.95-96) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "It's a big-budget pop album with an A list of guest stars....Half the songs are ballads, but all kinds of sounds filter through the mix -- vintage soul, hard rock, reggae, [and] adult contemporary..."
Rolling Stone (p.70) - Ranked #25 in Rolling Stone's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "The world's shrewdest diva turns on her star power full blast..."
Spin (p.18) - Ranked #39 in Spin's 'The Top 40 Albums Of 2011' -- "[A]n album of '70-inspired soul and funk tunes alongside baby-making ballads."
Entertainment Weekly (p.72) - "Vocally, she's never sounded better -- throaty and precise....The terrific 'End of Time' seethes with off-balance harmonies..." -- Grade: B
Q (Magazine) (p.105) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'Best Thing I Never Had' delivers a fabulously breezy kick in the groin to he who dared wrong-do her..."
Paste (magazine) - "Even when grabbing a fistful of vitriol on 'Best You Never Had,' a boiling throw-down of invective and bitterness, it's her voice that stands out strong and clear, exploring the potential of the delivery."
Pitchfork (Website) - "'1' is that rare wonder: a wedding song that pleases but doesn't pander..."
Uncut (magazine) (p.79) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he final third is full of the tribal stomp of M.I.A. and Missy Elliott....Overall, 4 is a very strong record indeed."
Disc 1
1 1
2 I Care
3 I Miss You
4 Best Thing I Never Had
5 Party
6 Rather Die Young
7 Start Over
8 Love on Top
9 Countdown
10 End of Time
11 I Was Here
12 Run the World (Girls)
Product Attributes
Artist Beyonce
Music Format Compact Disc
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