Beyoncé - I Am...Sasha Fierce (Review)

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27 nov. 2008, 1h40m



Beyoncé's new album is nice, I loved Dangerously in Love, but B'Day was kinda disgusting.

I love the fact that this new album doesn't sound like the others...that's what Artists are supposed to do...that's why they are ARTISTS, So, if you're looking for this album to just be a continuation of her last CD, you'll definitely be dissapointed.

This double album reveals a distinctly different side of her personality, character and sensibility, a forum for the yin-and-yang of her developing artistry.

The I Am... side, which is supposed to contain the most revealing music of her career, consists entirely of ballads. It's just as one-paced as you'd expect, but thankfully not entirely devoid of variety: 'Disappear' is dream-like and folky, 'Halo' sounds like a muscular hybrid of Rihanna's 'Umbrella' and Leona Lewis's 'Bleeding Love' and there are hints of soft rock on 'That's Why You're Beautiful'. It's all very accomplished, but the trouble with I Am... is that it doesn't do what it's supposed to. Not unsurprisingly from a woman who won't even nod when asked whether she's married, these songs are as revealing as publicity photos. The most interesting lyrics appear on If I Were a Boy, the one song Beyoncé didn't write, and clichéd lines like "I found heaven on earth, you are my first, my last" are all too typical.

The Sasha side, gives voice to Beyonce's up-tempo dance-oriented other side. With this album, she reveals a variety of musical aspects and interests that may take us by surprise. Though Beyoncé's obviously playing a character on the Sasha Fierce disc, this actually makes things more interesting.
The handclap-assisted playground chant of opener track
Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) is lent an improbable sense of threat by the doomy minor chords amassing behind it. It's really exciting, as is Hello, a ballad denied a place on I Am ... presumably on grounds of being insufficiently dreary. The 80s synthpop mode of Radio may be less suited to Knowles than the old soul samples that powered Crazy in Love and B'Day's Suga Mama, and underlined the link between her vocal style and the visceral female singers of the 60s, but there's no denying it's an irresistible pop song.


With time comes change, and throughout Beyonces career, She continues to grow, as she gains and loses things that she loves to sing about. This album took risks that her fans may not be use to, but appreciating good quality music and change is good and healthy, and we all could use a dose of this medicine....

So while there's plenty to admire about I Am... Sasha Fierce the songs are universally well-crafted, Beyoncé's singing is better than ever, it's strangely underwhelming for a double album. It's hard to shake the feeling that, having tried something brave with the album's concept, Beyoncé is playing it safe with the music inside. If she wants to stay the "number one diva in the game", she's going to have to start taking just a few more risks.

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