B'day CD (2006)

Artist: Beyonce

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Short but Sweet

on 9/12/2006

I am not a huge Beyonce fan but I listen to her music. Her last CD can't be touched by this CD B Day at all. B Day is overall a good CD. Head banging beats and catchy hooks is what B Day delivers. The CD only has 10 songs with a couple hidden tracks. The CD length (around 45 minutes) is shorter than what I am used to, so I felt a little cheated.

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Product Overview

Beyonce's new album is the artist's first full-length solo work since her #1 multi-platinum 2003 solo debut, Dangerously In Love, which earned her five 2004 Grammy Awards including Best Contemporary R&B Album and Best R&B Song ("Crazy In Love"). With her five-in-one-year Grammy win, Beyoncé tied the record for the most Grammys to be won in a single year by a female artist. Dangerously In Love and "Crazy In Love" made chart history when both album and single simultaneously hit #1 in the U.S. and the UK (which hadn't happened since 1983).

The pop music superstar's sophomore studio album premieres all new music produced, written and arranged by Beyonce.

B'Day" will be released worldwide on September 4, Beyonce's 25th birthday.


Label Sony
SKU 202893860
UPC 827969092026
UPC 14 00827969092026
Format CD
Release Date 9/5/2006
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
Artist Influence Aaliyah
Artist Influence Aretha Franklin
Artist Influence Diana Ross
Artist Influence Donna Summer (Vocals)
Artist Influence En Vogue
Artist Influence Janet Jackson
Artist Influence Madonna
Artist Influence Mariah Carey
Artist Influence Mary J. Blige
Artist Influence Michael Jackson
Artist Influence Rachelle Ferrell
Artist Influence Tina Turner
Artist Influence TLC
Artist Influence Toni Braxton
Artist Influence Vanessa Williams (R&B)
Artist Influence Whitney Houston
Artist Contemporary Amerie
Artist Contemporary Ashanti
Artist Contemporary Brooke Valentine
Artist Contemporary Cassie
Artist Contemporary Christina Aguilera
Artist Contemporary Christina Milian
Artist Contemporary Ciara
Artist Contemporary Electrik Red
Artist Contemporary Fantasia
Artist Contemporary Fergie (Black Eyed Peas)
Artist Contemporary Gwen Stefani
Artist Contemporary Jennifer Hudson
Artist Contemporary Justin Timberlake
Artist Contemporary Keri Hilson
Artist Contemporary Melanie Amaro
Artist Contemporary Missy Elliott
Artist Contemporary Monica
Artist Contemporary Nicki Minaj
Artist Contemporary Nicole Scherzinger
Artist Contemporary Rihanna
Artist Contemporary Teairra Mar¡
Artist Contemporary Teedra Moses
Artist Follower Blanca
Artist Follower Demetria McKinney
Artist Follower Frank Ocean
Artist Follower Justine Skye
Artist Follower Natalie La Rose
Artist Follower Sam Smith (UK)
Artist Follower Sevyn Streeter
Artist Follower Skylar Stecker
Technical Info
Engineer Jamie Rosenberg; Geoffrey Rice; Walter Millsap; Jim Caruana
Producer Rich Harrison; Candice Nelson; Walter Millsap; S. Smith; Cameron Wallace; Rodney Jerkins; Beyonce Knowles; Sean Garrett; StarGate; The Neptunes; Rich Harrison; Swizz Beatz
CatalogID 90920
Lable Name Columbia (USA)
Released 09/05/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 48m : 44s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00827969092026
Musical Guests
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Beyonc? (vocals); Espen Lind (guitar); Allen "Al Geez" Arthur, Ronald Judge, Aaron "Goody" Goode (horns); Jay-Z (rap vocals).
Audio Mixers: Rich Harrison; Jason Goldstein; Rodney Jerkins; Beyonc? Knowles.
Recording information: Great Divide Studios, Aspen, CO; Lair Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Sony Music Studios, New York, NY; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Max Vadukul.
Beyonce had little to prove on her second solo outing, B'DAY, having already demonstrated her taste, (solo) vocal prowess, and sparkling star quality on her first post-Destiny's Child release in 2003. Nevertheless, the singer and her crack team of producers and collaborators (R&B's finest, including the Neptunes, Swizz Beats, and Rich Harrison) have come up with a collection that's at least equal to her previous triumphs, and that shows off an almost angry intensity only hinted at on earlier releases.
The club hit "Deja Vu," with an extended rap from boyfriend/producer Jay-Z, boasts an addictive bass line that contrasts dramatically with Beyonce's emotive upper register. The haunting "Ring the Alarm" is a multilayered melodrama built around a dizzying minor-key hook that relies on Beyonce's vocal dexterity and newfound fire. Despite the appealing bravado of most of the tracks on B-DAY, the most memorable song is the beautiful lovelorn ballad "Irreplaceable," on which a wounded Beyonce protesteth too much about an errant lover's dispensability. Her nuanced and soul-deep performance suggests the tearful hurt lying at the center of all that anger.
Artist Overview
One of the most recognizable characters in modern-day R&B, Beyonc? first rose to fame as the siren-voiced centerpiece of Destiny's Child before embarking on a multi-platinum solo career in 2001. Booming record sales, Grammy awards, movie roles, and a romance with rapper/CEO Jay-Z combined to heighten her profile in the 2000s, making the singer a virtual mainstay in the entertainment world. While some media outlets derisively championed Paris Hilton as "the next Marilyn Monroe," Beyonc? was a much better contender for the role, her glittering pop culture persona only matched by her success onscreen and on record. ~ Andrew Leahey
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.69) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here is endless pleasure in the gliding transitions from Jay-Z's staccato rhymes to Beyonce's own honeyed flow..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.158) - "[T]he songs arrive in huge gusts of rhythm and emotion, with Beyonce's voice rippling over clattery beats..." -- Grade: B
Q (p.149) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he Nelly-esque 'Get me Bodied', the Neptunes-helmed 'Green Light', with its marvellously cascading chorus, and the super-taut 'Upgrade U' are turbo-charged..."
Q (p.118) - Ranked #72 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006."
Vibe (p.138) - "[A] generally exhilarating marriage of pop songcraft and state-of-the-art rhythms."
Artist Bio
Beyonce Knowles rose to fame as a member of the R&B ensemble Destiny's Child. With Beyonce's father as a manager, the group garnered massive success with their 2001 album, Survivor. Soon Beyonce, sporting a sexy yet girl-next-door image, broke out on her own, with major roles in the Austin Powers movie Goldmember and a hip-hop version of the opera Carmen. With the release of her more eclectic solo debut, Dangerously In Love, Beyonce became a full-fledged international superstar and role model.
Disc 1
1 Deja Vu
2 Get Me Bodied
3 Suga Mama
4 Upgrade U
5 Ring The Alarm
6 Kitty Kat
7 Freakum Dress
8 Green Light
9 Irreplaceable
10 Resentment
Product Attributes
Artist Beyonce
Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Music Format Compact Disc
Jonah Weiner - Blender Magazine B’Day never cools down, and sweaty up-tempo numbers prove the best platform for Beyoncé’s rapperly phrasing and pipe-flaunting fireballs.,B’Day never cools down, and sweaty up-tempo numbers prove the best platform for Beyoncé’s rapperly phrasing and pipe-flaunting fireballs.
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Short but Sweet on Sep 12, 2006