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"The new record is a double album and has two covers, like a magazine would have two covers," Beyonce revealed. "One of the covers is named I Am... and the second cover is named Sasha Fierce. That is my alter ego and now she has a last name. I have someone else that takes over when it's time for me to work and when I'm on stage, this alter ego that I've created that kind of protects me and who I really am. That's why half the record, I Am... is about who I am underneath all the makeup, underneath the lights, and underneath all the exciting star drama. And Sasha Fierce is the fun, more sensual, more aggressive, more outspoken side and more glamorous side that comes out when I'm working and when I'm on the stage. The double album allows me to take more risks and really step out of myself, or shall I say, step more into myself, and reveal a side of me that people only know me see."
The Deluxe Edition of I Am...Sasha Fierce features five bonus tracks that further explore the emotional depths of Beyonce and her alter ego.
Kuk Harrell; Mikkel S. Eriksen; Miles Walker; Andrew Hey; Marcos Tovar; Brian "B-Luv" Thomas; Jim Caruana; Ryan Tedder; Jim Jonsin; Toby Gad
C. "Tricky" Stewart; Andrew Hey; Amanda Ghost; Dave McCracken; Harold Lilly; Ian Dench; Rico Love; Ryan Tedder; Beyonce Knowles; Jim Jonsin; Toby Gad; Wayne Wilkins
Music World Entertainment
Number of Discs
61m : 46s
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Rico Love (vocals); Ian Dench (guitar); Dontae Winslow (trumpet); Philip Margiziotis (horns); Steven "Steven J." Jordan, Jens Gad (drums).
Audio Mixers: Dave Pensado; Jim Caruana; Mark "Spike" Stent; Matt Green; Jim Jonsin; Wayne Wilkins.
Recording information: 2nd Floor Studios, Orlando, FL; Bangledesh Studios, Atlanta, GA; Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY; GAD Studios, Ibiza, Spain; Germano Studios, New York, NY; Mansfield Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Patchwerk Studios, Atlanta, GA; Roc The Mic Studios, New York, NY; Silent Sound Studios, Atlanta, GA; South Beat Studios, Miami Beach, FL; Strawberrybee Productions, New York, NY; The Boom Boom Room, Burbank, CA; The Campground, Los Angeles, CA; Tree Sound Studios, Atlanta, GA.
Photographer: Peter Lindbergh.
Unknown Contributor Role: Lisa Logan.
Arrangers: Ryan Tedder; Toby Gad.
I AM. SASHA FIERCE represents another change of pace for Beyonc?. Unlike the relatively streamlined, retro-soul inflected B'DAY, I AM... is a sprawling two-disc set designed to reflect two conflicting sides of Beyonc?'s musical personality. The first disc sports reflective, sometimes moody ballads, while the second, attributed to Beyonc?'s brash alter ego, Sasha Fierce, is loaded with propulsive dance-floor fillers. Except for this stylistic divide, I AM. pays only nominal attention to its supposed concept, focusing instead on a set of excellent, radio-ready songs--neatly avoiding the possibility of I AM. becoming some sort of Chris Gaines-style conceptual disaster. Though the second disc, which boasts the synth-drenched lead single, "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)," is more immediately gratifying, the impeccably produced ballads of the first disc represent a vast improvement on the often awkward torch songs that weighed down Beyonc?'s first solo record.
Rolling Stone (p.121) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The SASHA disc boasts Beyonce's most adventurous music yet....The girl who blew up going all melismatic has never sung with more restraint than she does on SASHA."
Entertainment Weekly (p.71) - "[S]everal of the high-gloss bangers on SASHA are more than equal to the gauntlet laid down by 'Single Ladies.'" -- Grade: B
Billboard (p.77) - "[I]t's the classic, more timeless R&B songs on the I AM portion of the album that seem like a much-welcomed stretch for the singer.'
BeyonceOne of 2008's most hotly anticipated new album releases, Beyonce's new album is the artist's first new studio collection since the Grammy-winning multi-platinum-selling B'Day debuted at #1 on charts around the world shortly after its international release on September 4, 2006 (in celebration of Beyonce's 25th birthday).Beyonce's fans got their first taste of the two sides of I Am...Sasha Fierce with the simultaneous release of "If I Were a Boy" (from I Am...) and "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" (from Sasha Fierce).Songs on Beyonce's I Am... include "If I Were a Boy," "Halo," "Disappear," "Broken Hearted Girl," "Ave Maria," and "Satellites." Beyonce's Sasha Fierce performances include "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," "Radio," "Diva," "Sweet Dreams," and "Video Phone."I Am...Sasha Fierce is Executive Produced by Beyonce Knowles and Mathew Knowles for Music World Productions, Inc.