|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.
"B’Day never cools down, and sweaty up-tempo numbers prove the best platform for Beyoncé’s rapperly phrasing and pipe-flaunting fireballs. Jonah Weiner - Blender Magazine
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|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.|
Producer: Rich Harrison; Candice Nelson; Walter Millsap; S. Smith; Cameron Wallace; Rodney Jerkins; Beyonce Knowles; Sean Garrett; StarGate; The Neptunes; Rich Harrison; Swizz Beatz
Engineer: Jamie Rosenberg; Geoffrey Rice; Walter Millsap; Jim Caruana
Aaliyah | Aretha Franklin | Diana Ross | Donna Summer (Vocals) | En Vogue | Janet Jackson | Madonna | Mariah Carey | Mary J. Blige | Michael Jackson | Rachelle Ferrell | Tina Turner | TLC | Toni Braxton | Vanessa Williams (R&B) | Whitney Houston
Amerie | Ashanti | Brooke Valentine | Cassie | Christina Aguilera | Christina Milian | Ciara | Electrik Red | Fantasia | Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) | Gwen Stefani | Jennifer Hudson | Justin Timberlake | Keri Hilson | Melanie Amaro | Missy Elliott | Monica | Nicki Minaj | Nicole Scherzinger | Rihanna | Teairra Mar¡ | Teedra Moses
Associated Artists and Works
|Beyonce Tribute Band|
|Release Date : 09/05/2006|
|Original Release Date : 2006|
|Catalog ID : 90920|
|Label : Columbia (USA)|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00827969092026|
- 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..."
- "[T]he songs arrive in huge gusts of rhythm and emotion, with Beyonce's voice rippling over clattery beats..." -- Grade: B
- 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..."
- Ranked #72 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006."
- "[A] generally exhilarating marriage of pop songcraft and state-of-the-art rhythms."
BioBeyonce 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.
Customer Reviews of B'day
Short but Sweet9/12/2006
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.