This album i HAD to purchase recently after reigniting my absolute adoration for Ms Knowles. Here she proved so many points, you can be part of a massive band in music history with Destinys Child and still manage to prove herself as a solo entertainer.
Here she offers a different side to R&B and Pop, which in 2003 of course the bar had been set by Britney, Justin, Christina and P!nk. So yeah VERY tough competition out there too for a bit of an "experiment" for Beyonce and her dad (co-producer here and manager of Destinys Child at the time too)and pulled it off.
Her team up with husband-to-be Jay Z on the instantaneous classic Crazy In Love which is currently one of the greatest songs ever recorded and made history with her booty-shakin video. Then the hits kept a comin from the album.
Reception to her debut solo album as a whole was very very mixed, but it won multi-grammy awards and her vocals wre always the catch with the band to begin with so a newly found love and adoration by the public for her was ignited by this album. Also over time and in reflection the sounds and the direction of the album has reached new levels of acclaim.
Here we can see and hear her influences of Donna Summer, Old Skool Funk and Disco. You can imagine a Club in the late 70s pumping out these jams, and then being catapaulted into a modern Bar in New York with slow jams and balladry oozing from her microphone.
This was essentially the R&B album that set the standard in the 00s decade. And in style it ranges from massive Club themed Disco Beats and Frenetic powerhouse anthems into a more subdued setting with seductive and funky beats and emotionally driven vocals. It is very maturely handeled if a little lacking in the consistency department. It more then makes up for it in style and raw edge.
Of course she exceeds this level on the likes of B Day released in 2006 and her recent release "4" is a masterpiece when released in the summer of 2011. But this album is a well rewarded achievement in her career and a daring experiment that was in so many ways....well worth it.
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