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Beyonce

Beyonce

Beyonce

Fifth solo album of R'n'B and pop from the former Destiny's Child singer released on iTunes with a music video for each track

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8.1

Label
Parkwood / Columbia
UK Release date
12/12/2013
US Release date
12/12/2013
  1. 9.1 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Provides a corrective to the year’s glut of pop tedium
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  2. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    She’s made an emotional album that’s dense and substantial but never difficult or self-important
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  3. 9.0 |   Spin

    This is her best album, more textured than its predecessors in both sound and content
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  4. 9.0 |   Fact

    A stronger personal statement than Magna Carta… Holy Grail, less self-indulgent than The 20/20 Experience, and (in its own way) as dark and confrontational as Yeezus. Beating the boys at their own game — how’s that for feminism?
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  5. 9.0 |   All Music

    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
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  6. 9.0 |   Billboard

    It's as impressive an accomplishment creatively as it is for shifting the industry towards a more nontraditional take on the "single-album-tour" strategy
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  7. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    It is a bold, expansive body of work that should have all the praise heaped on it because, without warning, she dropped one of the strongest albums of the year on us
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  8. 9.0 |   The 405

    BEYONCÉ functions as a highly successful feminist manifesto
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  9. 9.0 |   Clash

    One of the best damn albums of 2013, basically, however you’re looking at it: as an R&B record, a pop set, an electro collection
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  10. 8.8 |   Pitchfork

    The record reverberates with the energy of a conservative pop star navigating trends without grasping for them
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  11. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Beyoncé should carve out a place among pop’s most important moments
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  12. 8.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    It's sexy and smart, with a stripped back modernity that allows the character in her voice to flourish, and stamped with visual wit and swagger
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  13. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The best surprise of all, in an autumn in which Beyoncé's closest competitors – Gaga, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus – made underperforming bids for the throne, is how thoroughly assured, immersive and substantial this album is
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  14. 8.0 |   Entertainment.ie

    There will be some disappointment from the lack of club bangers, but Beyonce fans will be satisfied at getting to know their Queen Bee a little better, and even non-Bey fans will be surprised by the new sounds she's serving up
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  15. 8.0 |   State

    This album is Beyoncé, at her best, worst and everything in between
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  16. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    As with Justin Timberlake's recent 20/20 Experience albums, a lot of the songs on Beyoncé unfurl slowly, stretching out to the six-minute mark and often feeling like two songs stitched together
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  17. 8.0 |   music OMH

    This is easily Beyoncé’s best album yet, a clear progression from her previous work and a musical triumph
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  18. 8.0 |   NME

    Everything about this dark, complex and randy record suggests that despite the eponymous title, Beyonce is hungrily demanding more of herself than just being Beyonce
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  19. 7.9 |   Paste Magazine

    Beyoncé is at the level where no record label, no millionaire husband, and no oppressive cultural and social stigmas can stop her from doing what she wants, when she wants to
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  20. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Hearing a superstar be honest about her desires, in love with a family, and calling for an end to unrealistic expectations for women is a pretty great thing to have on a platinum-selling album
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  21. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The vibe on Beyoncé is moodily futuristic R&B, strongest when it goes for full-grown electro soul with an artsy boho edge
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  22. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Flawed? Certainly. Boring? Never
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  23. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    What makes the album significant is the fact that its creator is a bona fide superstar who, apparently, seems to care more about following her creative bliss than scoring easy hits
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  24. 6.0 |   The Independent

    Musically, it's the same kind of electro R&B with which radio is already awash - in large part because it's produced by the same small coterie of hip producers, with Timbaland appearing to take the most prominent role amongst the likes of Detail, Jerome Harmon, Pharrell Williams and Ryan Tedder
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  25. 6.0 |   Mojo

    There are thrilling moments. Print edition only


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