B'Day

B'Day

by BeyoncéBeyoncé

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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Overview

On her aptly titled sophomore disc, Beyoncé parties like it's her B'Day. And with good reason -- the disc's release coincides with the No. 1 stunner's 25th birthday. Admittedly, the festivities got off to a shaky start with the lackluster, '70s-soul-informed "Déjà Vu." But boy, did Queen B set the party back on track with the second single, the artfully angry "Ring the Alarm" -- a siren sound-off to any girl trying to push up on her man (the rumor mill has it this sonic missive was fired at Jay-Z protégée Rihanna). Unlike Beyoncé's polished-yet-disjointed debut, Dangerously in Love, B'Day, recorded in just two weeks, is a grittier, more cohesive affair. The best tracks are geared for the club: "Crazy in Love" producer Rich Harrison checks in with two more sweaty rump shakers -- "Suga Mama," a juicy slice of back water blues that would make Tina Turner proud, and the bombastic "Freakum Dress" -- and Swizz Beatz turns up the heat with the funky nursery rhyme, "Get Me Bodied" (an extended version closes the disc) and the aforementioned "Ring the Alarm." Even when the tempo slows, you won't find any soaring ballads like "Dangerously in Love" here. Instead, on the military drill-inspired "Irreplaceable," Beyoncé forewarns her lover, "I'll have another you by tomorrow / So don't you ever for a second get to thinkin' you're irreplaceable," and on the doo-woppish "Resentment," Beyoncé sounds as if she's stepped into her heartbroken Dreamgirls character, Deena, as she struggles to forgive her man's cheatin' ways. B'Day may not be the album anticipated by fans who've grown accustomed to Beyoncé as a polite and picture-perfect Destiny's Child, but artistically, this is the refreshingly unhinged album she was destined to make.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/12/2006
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969092019
catalogNumber: 90920
Rank: 10959

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beyoncé   Primary Artist,Vocals
Rodney Jerkins   Musician
Jay-Z   Rap
Espen Lind   Guitar
Candice Nelson   Musician
Ronald Judge   Horn
Jon Jon   Bass
Allen "Al Geez" Arthur   Horn
Aaron "Goody" Goode   Horn
Walter W. Millsap   Musician

Technical Credits

Rodney Jerkins   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
S. Smith   Producer
Clarence Reid   Composer
Erwin Gorostiza   Art Direction
Jim Caruana   Engineer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Stargate   Audio Production
Shawn Carter   Composer
Beyoncé Knowles   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Neptunes   Audio Production
Mathew Knowles   Executive Producer
Swizz Beatz   Audio Production
Willie Clarke   Composer
Rich Harrison   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Tor Erik Hermanson   Instrumentation
Kasseem Dean   Composer
Geoffrey Rice   Engineer
Jamie Rosenberg   Engineer
Makeba Riddick   Composer
Fusako Chubachi   Art Direction
Angela Beyince   Composer
Sean Garrett   Composer,Producer
Candice Nelson   Producer
Delisha Thomas   Composer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer,Instrumentation
Cameron Wallace   Producer
Keli Nicole Price   Composer
Tor Erik Hermansen   Composer
Walter W. Millsap   Producer,Engineer
Solange Knowles   Composer

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