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4 (2011)

Artist: Beyonce
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Format: CD
Sku: 221861994
UPC: 886979082427
UPC 14: 00886979082427
Release Date: 6/28/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. 1
2. I Care
3. I Miss You
4. Best Thing I Never Had
5. Party ~ (featuring Andr? 3000)
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)
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Photographers: Ellen Von Unwerth; Greg Gex; Tony Duran .
Muze PNote 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.

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Andre 3000
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Beyoncé - 4 - CD Review
By: Bee Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 7/3/2011 3:21 AM
The Queen of R&B, Beyoncé Knowles, brings the spotlight back onto herself with 4, her fourth solo album. It's been a little over a week, since the iTunes store release on May 24, 2011. It has already made a strong impression on me. The title, 4, was enough of an attraction for me to review this album. It's a collection of 12 tracks that summarizes the life of a woman dealing with a combination of emotions. The release is about a frustrated female who seeks love and affection from her man. However, despite her disappointment, she is still determined to fight for love....read the full review

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Fired Up 3
Muze Music Compilations Kingdom Come(Explicit Version)(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Viento A Favor
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary R&B
Muze Music Compilations Futuresex/lovesounds(w/ Bonus DVD)
Muze Music Compilations Here I Stand
Muze Music Compilations Cadillac Records (Music from the Motion Picture)
Muze Music Compilations Cadillac Records (Music From The Motion Picture) ( Deluxe Version)
Muze Music Compilations Remix
Muze Music Compilations 2011 Grammy Nominees
Muze Music Compilations My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1)
Muze Music Compilations My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1) [Deluxe Edition]
Muze Music Compilations Iv Play
Muze Music Compilations Iv Play(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Iv Play(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations So Amazing:all Star Tribute To Luther
Muze Music Compilations Journey To Freedom
Muze Music Compilations Magna Carta Holy Grail
Muze Music Compilations Magna Carta Holy Grail(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Talk A Good Game(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Talk A Good Game
Muze Music Compilations Talk A Good Game(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Watch The Throne (Explicit Version) (Jay-Z & Kanye West)

Associated Artists and Works

Beyonce Tribute Band
Gaga, Lady
Jay-Z
Original Soundtrack
Slim Thug

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 06/24/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 88697908242
Music Label Name Label : Columbia (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00886979082427

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."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Beyonce
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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