Original vinyl 2LP. Beyoncé shoots straight to #1 in 2006 on her second solo album “B’Day.” In addition to the album sitting on top of the Billboard 200 chart, her single “Irreplaceable” climbed up to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Other songs to chart include “Beautiful Liar,” “Get Me Bodied,” “Deja Vu,” “Ring the Alarm,” “Upgrade U,” “Kitty Kat” and “Green Light.” That is 7 out of 11 songs! Bey went on to win the 2006 Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Album. When it comes to the pulse of music fans, Beyoncé has her finger on it.
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.
|A2||Get Me Bodied|
|B2||Ring The Alarm|
|D2||Encore For The Fans|