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The first 346 days of Beyoncé's 2013 were eventful enough. She headlined the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show, joined by Destiny's Child partners Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. The trio released "Nuclear," an excellent song disregarded for not being an anthem. A documentary, Life Is But a Dream, aired on HBO. There were appearances on albums by Rowland, the-Dream, and husband Jay-Z, as well as a Soundcloud upload "Bow Down/I Been On," passionately debated for its aggression and vulgarity, and the more "ladylike" "Standing on the Sun," a clothing retailer tie-in. And then, on December 13, while engaged in a world tour and when no one expected it, she released her fifth solo studio album with accompanying videos. Easily her best album since B'day, it's among her most entertaining and sexually explicit work, yet it's substantive in every respect. Beyoncé co-wrote and co-produced all of the songs with A-listers like Pharrell, Timbaland, James Fauntleroy, Hit-Boy, and the-Dream, as well as emerging Detroiters Detail and Key Wane and the previously unknown Boots. There are deep references to Beyoncé's competitive showbiz upbringing and acknowledgments of her beloved Houston hometown. "Mine" and "Blue" involve vivid expressions regarding the turbulence and thrill of motherhood. Central track "***Flawless" opens with Ed McMahon's introduction of her preteen group on Star Search, incorporates the combative "Bow Down" and a portion of celebrated Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED talk on feminism, as well as a booming, quotable-packed victory lap. It concludes with McMahon's dismissal of her group, as if to say, "Yeah, but look at me now." There's also a whole lot of romance, heartache, and, most prominently, monogamous sex -- in the kitchen, in a chauffeur-driven car, while drunk. Best of all is "Blow," playfully risqué boogie loaded with instantly memorable lines -- "I'm-a let you be the boss of me," for instance -- and a slick tempo changeup. Soul throwback ballad "Rocket" is a close second, another amusing mix of metaphorical and explicit come-ons. It opens with an elegantly delivered "Let me sit this ass on you." When the album came out, the release itself dominated the chatter. In time, it should be seen as a career highlight from a superstar -- one of the hardest-working people in the business, a new mother, in total control, at her creative and commercial peak.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/24/2014
Label: Sony
UPC: 0888750384225
catalogNumber: 503842
Rank: 46830


  1. Pretty Hurts
  2. Ghost/Haunted
  3. Drunk in Love
  4. Blow
  5. No Angel
  6. Yoncé/Partition
  7. Jealous
  8. Rocket
  9. Mine
  10. XO
  11. ***Flawless
  12. Superpower
  13. Heaven
  14. Blue/Grown Woman

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beyoncé   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon   Composer,Producer
Timbaland   Producer,Additional Production
Terry Richardson   Visual Direction
Pharrell Williams   Composer,Producer
Shawn Carter   Composer
Beyoncé   Visual Direction
Beyoncé Knowles   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Hype Williams   Visual Direction
Justin Timberlake   Composer,Producer
Ammo   Producer
Sia Furler   Composer
Jonas Akerlund   Visual Direction
Ryan Tedder   Composer,Producer
James Fauntleroy   Composer
Lyrica Anderson   Composer
Noel "Detail" Fisher   Producer
Jake Nava   Visual Direction
Garland Mosley   Composer
Hit Boy   Producer,Additional Production
Detail   Producer
Ed Burke   Visual Direction
Melina Matsoukas   Visual Direction
Noah Shebib   Composer,Producer
Joshua Coleman   Composer
Aubrey "Drake" Graham   Composer
Rashad Muhammad   Composer
noel fisher   Composer
D. Pearson   Composer
Kelly Sheehan   Composer
Sidney "Omen" Brown   Composer,Additional Production
Frank Ocean   Composer
Caroline Polachek   Composer,Producer
Terius Nash   Composer,Producer
Todd Tourso   Visual Direction
Key Wane   Producer
Chauncey Hollis   Composer
Francesco Carrozzini   Visual Direction
Dwane Weir   Composer
Miguel Pimentel   Composer
Rasool Diaz   Composer
Brian Soko   Composer
Andre Proctor   Composer,Additional Production
Majid Jordan   Additional Production
Bill Kirstein   Visual Direction
Ricky Saiz   Visual Direction
Rey Reel   Composer,Producer
Pierre Debusschere   Visual Direction
Jordan Kenneth Cooke Ullman   Composer
@Lilinternet   Visual Direction

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