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Dangerously In Love is the debut album from Beyonce. This was the album that put her on a superstar level, what with it being her first solo album since leaving the band 'Destiny's Child'. This album was released back in 2003 and the CD is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £5.25 ~ * Track Listing * ~ 1) Crazy In Love (featuring Jay-Z) 2) Naughty Girl 3) Baby Boy (featuring Sean Paul) 4) Hip Hop Star (featuring Big Boi and Sleep Brown) 5) Be With You 6) Me, Myself and I 7) Yes 8) Signs (featuring Missy Elliott) 9) Speechless 10) That's How You Like It (featuring Jay-Z) 11) The Closer I Get To You (Duet with Lither Vandross) 12) Dangerously In Love 2 13) Beyonce Interlude 14) Gift From Virgo 15) Work It Out 16) Bonnie and Clyde 03 This album features a good amount of songs for your buck. Although it isn't as much of a 'party album' as I thought it would be. Judging by the lead single 'Crazy In Love', I thought that the rest of the album would follow suit and be just as catchy. But to be honest, the rest of the songs on here apart from the super-catchy 'Baby Boy' are pretty average and there is nothing to shout home about on this album really which is disappointing. Obviously, the biggest song from this album is 'Crazy In Love' which is very catchy and bursting with attitude. I remember at the time of release I wasn't that keen on it, but now when I hear it I love it and can't resist dancing along to it. It's the kind of song which puts you in a good mood and makes you want to go out there and strut your stuff. Naughty Girl is actually quite a naughty song, which I am quite surprised at from Beyonce, as none of her other songs are this 'naughty'. It's a good song though. When this album was first released, I though that a lot of different artists featured on this album. I did make me wonder if Beyonce was actually able to pull it off as a solo star as she seemed to rely on other artists to 'help her out' on this CD. However, I actually think that Beyonce did a great job on this album and her vocals are just amazing and so this album proves (as she has also proved with more recent albums) that she can pull it off. So it does make me wonder why she needed so many other people on this album; I mean it works and I guess it adds variety, just that I don't think that I have seen an album with such a huge amount of other artists 'featuring'. This is the album that 'made' Beyonce, although I have to say that this album is probably my least favourite Beyonce album. I much prefer her more recent albums such as 'I Am...Sasha Fierce' which I just think have much better songs. I would recommend this album if you are a Beyonce fan but it's not my favourite album of hers. Thanks for reading! March 2014 Xd-o-n-z-x
Dangerously in love was the first solo album released by Beyonce Knowles, released in 2003. Beyonce was originally from the girl band Destiny's Child, but branched out by herself when the group split. Beyonce has got a great voice as a solo artist, reaching high vocals with rhythm. The genre of this CD is R & B; this is evident because of the tuneful melody with Beyonce's sexy soulful voice over the top of the music. 'Crazy In Love' was definatly the most popular song from this album, most people around in 2003 will know of it as it was a massive hit she did with Jay-Z, her soon to be husband. The song is about being madly in love with somebody which I'm sure many people can relate to. 'Crazy In Love' is an extremely upbeat song and has been used in many films including Bridget Jones' Diary. Beyonce is a woman's woman which is a reputation she has built up and kept through her class, sexiness and genuine, real personality which comes across in her music. For example, in her song 'Me, Myself And I' Beyonce mentions that 'love is so blind it feels right when it's wrong' which is easy for other women to identify with. This song is also confident and encourages other women to be too, as she says 'from now on i'm going to be my own best friend'; this is both encouraging and empowering and shows how Beyonce now has a reputation for being a woman's woman. A lot of Beyonce's songs from this album are chilled out and could be played as chillout music, although some are more 'dancey' so could be used to play at parties, especially 'Crazy In Love' which is very upbeat, or 'Hip Hop Star.' Beyonce's album Dangerously In Love has compilations with Jay Z, Sean Paul, Missy Elliott and some other stars, which shows she is a well respected, popular mainstream star that will hopefully continue to make good music.
Beyoncé - Dangerously in Love Beyonce full name is Beyonce Giselle Knowles. She was born in 1981 and is best known for her participation in the group Destiny's Child, one of the best-selling girl groups in the world. The group has been stopped for several years now so that the women can focus on their own solo careers where Beyonce is still the most successful oone. In 2003 she came out with her first solo album called Dangerous in Love and showed that she can do fine without her colleagues. She has been married to rapper Jay-Z and became mother of a daughter in 2012. The first album from Beyonce and from the start it became clear that everything was perfectly organized by the record so that the three ladies of Destiny's Child would be no competition with each other. They each had their own style, but Beyonce became more successful. Beyonce went more r&b, soul and pop with more upbeat songs like Crazy in Love. The album had four released singles; all proved to be successful and launched the solo career of Beyonce. Crazy in Love Along with Jay-Z, this is the first single of the album. This delightfully upbeat R & B number became a huge hit. It has a good beat in the background. The pace is there as well, but remains relatively quiet with the occasional acceleration mainly towards the end. The moment of the rap of Jay-Z provides a good variety so that the track stays entertaining. Naughty Girl Naughty Girl begins with a somewhat mischievous like start with a gentle mid tempo beat. Beyonce has a particularly sexy soul-like voice that emerges well. It has a bit of Arabic influence and is a little dreamy. The song continues mid tempo and sounds so sweet and more laid back. Baby Boy ft.. Sean Paul Something completely different and much more R & B song with Sean Paul that opens the song. It's a nice retro funky like song. The cooperation is good and well put together and I think that the voice of Sean Paul certainly sounds good with the more sultry voice of Beyonce. A nice change from the first two songs. Me, Myself and I Me, Myself and I feel like a number of the nineties. The tempo goes down tremendously and it is time for a ballad. There is a quiet beat beneath the song you hear and the more breathy voice of Beyonce. For me a song that is a little less successful and one of the lesser songs of the album. Yes Yes starts with a little crackling in the background and a beat during the entire number does not increase in terms of pace. You hear the more calm voice of Beyonce. The song is pretty, but somehow I cannot get into it. It's too quiet and too similar to Me, Myself and I and now you expect a more upbeat song. Signs Signs is a song with Missy Elliot and when I saw this name I expected a nice little funky upbeat song, but this is not the cae. Again you get a quiet song that is just like an ballad. You hear many different constellations during the song and at some point it even gets a bit annoying. Looking at the singles from the album they really give a wrong picture of the album, seen that they are all more upbeat songs. Those are the only upbeat songs and the rest of the album is just disappointing. The problem is that the upbeat numbers are at the beginning of the album so you get excited and then you get about 10 songs that are all slow so this is getting a bit dull and boring.
Beyonce Knowles was originally the lead singer in girl group 'Destiny's Child' and although they did not split in 2003 (when this album was released), it was the catalyst that cause them to split amicably in 2005. Beyonce had huge success with this album with it debuting at No. 1 and going 2x platinum in the U.K. The Songs Crazy In Love - For Beyonce's debut song, we see her join Jay Z for this song. It was a massive chart success and 7 years later it is still being played on the music channels and in clubs. This is one of my favourite Beyonce tracks. Naughty Girl - Another single released from Beyonces album that proved successful. It is completely different from Crazy In Love and a sexier side of Beyonce emerged. It isn't one of my personal favourites, but it is one of the better tracks on the album. Baby Boy - This song sees a collaboration with Sean Paul and is another track that was released. Again another completely different style from her previous songs. Again it is a very sexy song, but I really liked this song. Hip Hop Star - Although this is about a 'hip hop star' it is slightly rockier than hip hop. The lyrics are very suggestive, but again it is one of the better tracks on the album. Be With You - This is the first ballad on the album. The track is ok, although it didn't really impress me. The song doesn't really showcase her voice, and the backing music is very repetitive. Me, Myself and I - This is a very slow RnB song, although I wouldn't classify it as a ballad. This is slightly better for one of her slow songs and again, is one of the better tracks on the album. Yes - Another song that I'm not really a fan of. It is another slow song. The lyrics are quite good, but it wasn't one of her best tracks. Signs - ANOTHER slow song. In my opinion this is when the album begins to lose its touch. This song is about star signs and once again just didn't impress me. Speechless - Guess what. Another slow song... That's How You Like It - And another.... Although this does see Jay Z working with Beyonce which brings back a little excitement and variation to the album. The Closer I Get To You - This is another slow song, but it sees a duet with Luther Vandross. Dangerously In Love 2 - Another slow song although this is one of the better songs on the album. Beyonce Interlude - Beyonce talks about harmony. Gift From Virgo - Another Slow song... Daddy - Another slow song. This song is about her father which is a nice touch to her album. The beginning of this album is really good, but it gradually became quite boring if I'm honest. I'm sure a die hard Beyonce fan thinks this album is wonderful, but for people who, like me, like the odd Beyonce song, I wouldn't say it was worth purchasing.
The last of the Destiny's Child trio to do so, in 2003 came the solo debut for Beyonce Knowles. "Dangerously In Love" sees that she makes her first moves on becoming the superpower of R&B that she is currently as she comes equipped with a number of hits which would allow her to secure a position amongst the top in her genre (alongside the likes of Usher and R. Kelly). 1. "Crazy In Love" She starts things off with a big one. The album's lead single (but not her debut solo track), this one did a lot for her and managed her to secure a place at the top of the game as she comes with a hit that you can't have missed. It's a catchy Pop R&B tune, but one that I felt wasn't directed towards someone like me and so I have to say that I simply didn't feel it in the way that others did and so it would be nice for her fans to see it open up the album, but did little for me. **Two Stars** 2. "Naughty Girl" Keeping things flowing here, we see that she pushes us right on to another of the hits from the album. This one wasn't never as well-received as the last (not that any other tracks released from any artist at that time were), I thought that this one was much more impressive as we see that here she takes on a little Funk influences (through Scott Storch's production) and so it gravitated me more towards it. **Four Stars** 3. "Baby Boy" Giving us little time to settle, we see that here we get right back to the massively-popular tunes of the time. I have to say that this one went just as "Crazy In Love" for me in that I saw many more get something out of this one than I was able to. I thought that this one had very little to offer and the presence of Sean Paul is what made it difficult to have any enjoyment for it. I can see some appeal here, but the guest performer takes it all away. **Two Stars** 4. "Hip Hop Star" For this one we get a massive change to the flow of the album as we find that Beyoncé gets help from OutKast's Big Boi on the beats and he also comes to rap with her at a time when his act were on top of the music game. I have to admit that in spite of this injection of a little Dirty South Hip Hop through his appearance and Sleepy Brown's vocals, this one really didn't seem to go anywhere at all and was a big disappointment. **Two Stars** 5. "Be With You" Things are slowed right down for this one as we see that she finally gets the chance to show off the kind of things which have inspired her sound as she heads back towards the classic R&B ages in the seventies and eighties. It makes for a killer tune as she comes out with a track which has her updating Bootsy Collin's classic "I'd Rather Be With You" and coming with a funky and seductive jam. **Five Stars** 6. "Me, Myself and I" Here she gets into another one of the singles and one of the tunes that I saw as a song that you had to look out for. Unusual for a solo single from her, as I typically don't have many nice things to say about it, we find that here she does a great job at performing a smooth piece where she expresses how she's come to the point where she feels as though she would be able to function independently and she thinks that this is the only way forward. **Five Stars** 7. "Yes" Focus... (the son of Chic bassist Bernard Edwards) comes to help out on the beats and he comes out with an experimental piece that really seems to need quite a bit of effort to get into as he plays around with lots of sound effect to get out the desired results. I thought that as a result, it meant that this was a grower and not the type of tune that you'd get into on the first hearing and needs a little time instead. **Four Stars** 8. "Signs" Here we get a big tune from the singer and one that has her pulling out another tune that has a strange, experimental feel to it (meaning that it sounds interesting and far from the norm). From this freaky backing production we see that she dominates the thing by singing about the relationships with men of many different star signs she's been with. It makes for a banger of a tune and one that sits nicely here. **Five Stars** 9. "Speechless" Another track where she looks back towards R&B's classic period for inspiration (plucking out a little something from DeBarge along the way) we find that here she does a great job at showing that she's not bad on the Soul end of things and has been liking what the contemporary Neo-Soul movement has had to say around the time. It makes for some very nice results and something that I felt took you away with its smoothness. **Five Stars** 10. "That's How You Like It" We get an uptempo one here to open things up and gives us a chance to remember where we've come from in the album as here we get another appearance from jay-Z (the first being on the opening tune). It uncovers how the sound for danceable R&&B change during the early '00s and sounds like a nice transition from the things heard in the late nineties to the mid-00s when Crunk&B became prominent, and I thought that this made for a pretty decent tune. **Three Stars** 11. "The Closer I Get To You" Originally a Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway duet, here we see things brought up to the modern day as Beyoncé and the late Luther Vandross come together to show what they can do with the 1978 classic (without making things sound as though they had messed with it too much to lose the feel that you tended to get with ballads of that time. It's a great inclusion here and shows how well she can work in this throwback style. **Four Stars** 12. "Dangerously In Love 2" An updated track which was originally recorded for Destiny's Child's third album ("Survivor") here we see that she comes out with a powerful piece and one that grabs you and pulls you right in as she displays her talent for singing ballads (something we don't get as much as you would typically expect) and it makes for something that you really have to look for and take notice of as she sings emotively towards her partner. **Four Stars** 13. "Beyoncé" (Lude) 14. "Gift From Virgo" Coming off an interlude, we see that we're launched right into the final tune from the album and one that has her backed minimally in order to let her vocal talent shine as it should. It draws comparisons to what was heard on most Destiny's Child albums as they would end with a cappella piece, however here she does get a little assistance. I have to admit that I didn't think that this one wasn't really all that impressive, but it does what its intended as the final tune to bring things to a close. **Three Stars** Although I can't say that I had as much love for a couple of the singles that everyone else was fully down for, I thought that this was overall a strong album from Beyoncé and one where she sets great foundations for the rest of her career and shows that she could have done well without returning to Destiny's Child at this relatively early stage. There's a little something for everyone here and a nice mix of tunes to try out things which you probably wouldn't typically go for.
Dangerously In Love was released in 2003 by superstar artist Beyonce, it was her first solo album and has some great, and other no as good tracks on it that feature lots of other great celebritys such as Sean Paul, Missy Elliot, Jay Z and many more. You can buy this album in most good music stores for around £5-£10 at the moment which is a great deal as it is such a fun album. Here is the track listing for this album: 1.) Crazy In Love 2.) Naughty Girl 3.) Baby Boy 4.) Hip Hop Star 5.) Be With You 6.) Me Myself and I 7.) Yes 8.) Signs 9.) Speechless 10.) Thats How You Like it 11.) The Closer I Get to You 12.) Dangerously In Love 2 13.) Beyonce Interlude 14.) Gift From A Virgo 15.) Daddy My Favourite Tracks: Crazy In Love Feat Jay Z This is one of those fun and energetic songs that still gets everyone on their feets on a night out, its just about being in love and having fun and total infactuation with someone. Naughty Girl This is another fun and sexy song that I love listening to when I need to get in a dancing mood before a night out and a really good track on this album. Baby Boy Feat Sean Paul This is a fun song about having a boy in your head all the time and really liking them, its fun and a great song to get up and dance to aswell, just as many Beyonce songs are. Me Myself and I This song is more slower and is about only being able to trust yourself at the end of the day, because relationships break up some times and you can be left alone, but being alone isnt some thing to be ashamed of, its better to be alone than be with some one who isnt right. Let downs of the album: In my opinion this album has some annoying songs on it as well, which sort of ruin it, these include Signs feat Missy Elliot, Dangerously In Love 2 and The Closer I Get To You Feat Luthor Vandross. I just dont really like these songs at all and find myself skipping them when I am listening to this album. Overall There are some great, and some not so great songs on this album, but I still listen to it alot and think it is well worth the £7 I paid for it and I would still recommend it. ***Also posted on ciao.co.uk under name lorrainek90***
Beyonce - Dangerously in Love!! This album is sooo good. I used to play it on repeat in my car constantly. The album itself has 16 songs, some better than others and some being fab! My favourite song on the album has got to be Dangerously in Love, I love the song, its a slow song about how she is so in love with someone (i am presuming this her now husband JayZ) Other songs on the album are: 1. Crazy In Love (Featuring Jay-Z) 2. Naughty Girl 3. Baby Boy (Featuring Sean Paul) 4. Hip Hop Star (Featuring Big Boi and Sleepy Brown) 5. Be With You 6. Me, Myself and I 7. Yes 8. Signs (Featuring Missy Elliott) 9. Speechless 10. That's How You Like It (Featuring Jay-Z) 11. The Closer I Get To You (Duet with Luther Vandross) 12. Dangerously In Love 2 13. Beyoncé Interlude 14. Gift From Virgo 15. Work It Out 16. Bonnie & Clyde '03 Of these songs, 'Work it out' was released, as was 'crazy in love', naughty girl, and baby boy. (as far as I am aware). Not only is Beyonce so unique but she has such a fantastic voice that is instantly recognisable. She sometimes reminds me of Tina Turner, especially in the Work it out video!! You can buy this album for around 6 pounds on amazon so use your amazon vouchers to get this!!!! lol Great album xx
Product Information Dangerously In Love - Beyonce 1 CD(s) - Pop R&B - Label: Columbia - Distributor: Sony BMG/Arvato Services - Released: 23/06/2003 Review As a member of Destiny's Child Beyonce has had huge success and has emerged as a fine songwriter and the main woman behind the bands success, Beyonce cousin Kelly Rowland and fellow band mate Michelle Williams have both released successful solo albums but neither compare to the sales of Beyonce's Dangerously in love. Here is my review of her debut solo album. 1. Crazy in love This track just has one of those melodies that means the track is played for years at clubs and party's. Even though the track features ''rapper'' Jay-Z it still hits the spot despite The rockafella guy name dropping Portland Trail Blazers point guard Nick Van Exel. Not sure why he does that but anyway. A very fine first track that was a huge single. 2. Naughty Girl This is Beyonce at her sexiest, her voice sounds fantastic and so different than her normal singing, she shows that she has a great vocal range. This track has a great guitar bassline like melody. A great track but It's not one of the best on the album. 3. Baby boy Untortunately Sean Paul features on this track which is in my opinion the worst song on the album, Beyonce is as always great but Sean Paul?? how did he even get a record contract? A huge waste of Beyonce's talent and a rare bad judgement on her part. 4. Hip Hop Star This track is a fine slice of hip hop though. Beyonce is joined by Outkast's Big Boi and also Sleepy Brown who was in Big Boi's hit I like the way you move. Beyonce's vocals are sexy and breathy accompained by a fantastic bassy drum beat. A good track. 5. Be with you This track has a nice bassline and is the first mellow track on the album, Beyonc's emotive voice shines on this track, the title is pretty self explanatory really. Be with you is a very fine track and one of the best on the album. 6. Me myself and I This has a fantastic solid bassline and some very nice string parts and piano tones. Another soft track, the track is about when you leave a relationship with someone because of constant playing. It is about loving yourself and being independent and strong. 7.Yes This track starts with a records crackling and then a drum sequence starts with some nice keyboard parts. It's another mellow track in which Beyonce shines yet again. Another very fine track that sounds great for late night romantic times spent with your partner. 8. Signs This track features Missy Elliot, It's suprising good for a track featuring Missy, It's about the signs of the zodiac. I don't believe in the signs but when she says she says she's fallen in love with a Sagittarius I wish it would be true. My birthday is 7th December. It has some fantastic piano work and a nice drum beat. 9. Speechless This is without a doubt a superb track. The intro features some great soft funky guitar licks and a soft drum then the guitar starts getting into full stretch, The track is about how you can feel when you fall in love with someone and how you can feel around them. An extraordinary song with a fantastic highly emotive guitar solo. This is one of Beyonce's finest moments vocally too, she sounds quite quite brilliant. 10. That's how you like it This is another track featuring Jay-Z but this one has not reference to Van Exel or any baller. It's quite a nice track with a nice deep bassline. The song is about what you like your partner to do while you are romantic and what you like about your partner. 11. Closer I get to you This is another fantastic slow song that is perfect for a romantic evening with your partner as is Speechless. This track features the great Luther Vandross and is on his album Dance with my father. The track has a sublime intro with just a drum beat and a bass, the song is a cover of Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack's classic. A stupendous song that features both vocalists soaring and showing off their extraordinary vocals. 12. Dangerously in love 2 This I suppose you could say is a cover of the Destiny's child track, It's a reworking of the version from The groups album Survivor. It improves on the previous one through some better music and Beyonce's voice is better too. A worthwile reworking. 13.Beyonce interlude This is a short interlude that introduces girft from virgo, The interlude is ''i believe that harmoinies are colors every time i paint it sharpens my harmony yesterday i tried to paint you but the colors weren't beautiful enough your love goes beyond what i can say love beyonce'' 14. Gift from virgo This is a fantastic track that goes together with signs, It has a jazzy feel to it with some nice piano and guitar work, Beyonce's voice sounds so beautiful and natural. A very fine track that is another track that would be lovely for a romantic meal with your partner. 15. Work it out This is from the Austin Powers film which Beyonce appears in as Foxy Cleopatra. It starts off with and old school funky guitar part and some heavy drums. despite being part of the film this is a good track which is the only good thing about that god awful film. I Hate Mike Myers. 16. Bonnie and Clyde This is yet another one with Jay-Z, That makes three duets with her partner. This is an ok track but it would be a lot better if it didnt have Jay-Z on it. He's not a great rapper. The last listed track. BONUS TRACK There is a fantastic hidden bonus track that is a great tribute to Beyonce's Father and manager Mathew Knowles, It is a touching ballad about his love and faith in Beyonce. Maybe Eminem should listen to this song and try and patch things up with his mum, If that's possible now. OVERALL This is an outstanding album that only suffers due to the duet with Sean Paul and too many with Jay-Z. However the duets with Big Boi & Sleepy Brown and the one with Luther Vandross are fantastic and Speechless is a real gem that touches me deeply. I would say for Beyonce's next album she needs to have less duets with people or maybe just don't do a duet with an artist because you are friends with them. Anyway that's a few minor points from a fine album. well done Beyonce. I also posted this on ciao.
I've always liked Destiny's Child's music, so when I heard the three members were all taking a break to pursue solo careers it was quite obvious that Beyonce's album would definitely be the most popular. Anyway I've no interest in Michelle's album as I just don't like her voice, but Kelly on the other hand produced a great album, which I enjoyed listening to. It was a hit but as soon as Beyonce released this, everybody had forgotten about Kelly Rowland's album"Simply Deep". You must have seen Beyonce on every TV show promoting this album, and to be honest I got rather sick of seeing her face on every channel! I guess all that hard work promoting it paid off, as the album went in at number 1 and stayed there for a while. But I do think Beyonce deserves the success she is getting because she is known for writing all of her own material, which is very impressive for someone so young. The album cover is very eye catching as most guys will admit Beyonce looks stunning with some sort of glitzy outfit covering her, it's a good cover and I'm sure it'll be remembered for a long time, lol. This album starts off brilliantly with some explosive tracks, you can't help but feel excited about what else is to come. However after the delight that is the first few tracks everything seems to slow down with some extremely boring ballads. What went wrong? Also the array of guest artists on this album gets a tad frustrating after a while. THE TRACKS~~ CRAZY IN LOVE (Featuring Jay Z) 3:55 "Got me looking so crazy right now, your love's got me looking so crazy right now (In love)" First time I heard this track I instantly loved it. By releasing this song first Beyonce hasn't just released a mediocre R'n'B song to please the fans, but has released this somewhat different song to the normal Destiny style, but this song is just amazing. The tune i s great and everything fits together really well, this song to me is really original and different and I'm glad Beyonce released this first. The song was apparently written about Beyonce's love for JayZ who also happens to feature on this song throughout and also raps mid way. These two obviously make a good team, musically and romantically (if they are dating for real that is) as Bonnie and Clyde '03 was a great song and this one is even better. 9/10 NAUGHTY GIRL 3:28 "Your vibe's just taken over me, Start feelin so crazy babe, I feel the funk coming over me, I don't know what's gotten into me" This is one of the funkiest songs on the album; it provides the album with an upbeat, retro sounding affair. One of the highlights of this track is the sampling of Donna Summers "Love to love you baby" which Beyonce sings in a very sexy manner. The song has a sort of Arabic theme to it which meshes well with the rest of the song, it sounds brilliant. This song is not the type you will get bored of, and thankfully it isn't repetitive in my opinion, it's a very cool sounding track with a good sound overall. One thing that I find a bit annoying about this song is Beyonce's tendency to go a bit high pitched which I'm sure at one point only dogs can hear. But other than that, definitely a track to sing along to! 8/10 BABY BOY (Featuring Sean Paul) 4:04 "Baby boy you stay on my mind, fulfil my fantasies, I think about you all the time, I see you in my dreams" Carrying on the Arabic theme from the last song is Baby boy, which is my favourite song on the entire album. Beyonce has of course jumped on the Sean Paul bandwagon and collaborated with him on this very trendy track. I'm a huge fan of Sean Paul anyway, so when I heard he was on this album I had to skip to the song he was featured on and I have to say its impressive. This song would pretty much fit into the whole Bollywood saga, which has taken the R'n'B world by storm. Beyonce's angelic vocals go well with Sean Paul's reggae style; it's a combination that works extremely well. Sean Paul is extremely popular at the moment and he adds a very cool reggae element to the song, which goes well with Arabic sound and Beyonce's sweet voice. I have to say I'm gutted it's been released because I know I'm going to get bored of it very soon. 9/10 HIP HOP STAR (Featuring Big Boi And Sleepy Brown) 3:42 "Are you infatuated with me? I could end your curiosity, if you don't think I'm too rude, here's your chance to make your move" I am so in love with this song at the moment. It's got such an amazing and different sound. It's R'n'B but with a bit of a rock sound, but doesn?t go too overboard with the rock style. This song was a favourite of mine as soon as I heard it because it's just so different to anything else on the album. Beyonce doesn't really sing on this track but in a sense talks, but it all sounds good. There is a hard, guitar sound that plays continuously throughout the song, which sounds so brilliant and makes it different to all the other tracks. I think this song will impress a lot of people because unlike a lot of tracks on the album, this track is original. Big boi's rap is ok, but nothing groundbreaking. 9/10 BE WITH YOU 4:20 "I'd rather be with you, because I love the way, you scream my name, and there's no other man, that gives me what I want" This song is the beginning of the slow jam trend on this album, but unlike the majority of the slow tracks this is actually good! This is typical slow jam, with the cool beats and sultry style of singing. The beats on this track are very impressive as they set the tone of the song, and give it that very cool sound. The song also has a very catchy chorus; I enjoy listening to this song because to me it's smooth, and very cool, one of the slow song highlights on this album in my opinion. It also sounds very reminiscent of that signature Destiny's child sound. If you enjoy slow songs, which are smooth and sultry, then this song is definitely for you. 8/10 ME, MYSELF AND I 5:01 "Me myself and I, that's all I got in the end, that's what I found out, and it ain't no need to cry, I took a vow that from now on, I'm gonna be my own best friend" First time I heard this I thought oh my god, this song sounds like it was taken off Aaliyah's album "One in a million". For some reason though it just didn't appeal to me. To me this is where the album begins to go downhill. It sounds a bit too outdated for this album and for some reason I don't think it suits Beyonce. I wasn't too impressed with this song because there's nothing new or original about it. 6/10 YES 4:18 "I said yes to your number, and yes to you dating me, yes we can be together, but you gotta wait for me, the first time I say no, it's like I never said yes" This is a song I simply do not like. I can listen to it over and over and it will not grow on me. For one thing the cackling noise throughout the song just doesn't help. Plus the intro to the song is very annoying. One thing that I don't like about this song is that the tone is a bit inconsistent; the song has a very heavy beat which kind of clashes with everything else, which is really slow. They might be trying to do something new and original but it's just plain and annoying. The meaning of the song doesn't even help. It's just about Beyonce saying "yes" to her man, wow great. 3/10 SIGNS (Featuring Missy Eliott) 4:58 "I was in love with a Sagittarius he blew my mind, he also had a flip side too much like a Gemini, he was freaky like a T aurus the way he handled me yeah, flirtatious like and Aries, which sign is best for me?" Seeing Missy Elliot's name attached to this song, you'd expect a cool, slick hip-hop record when in reality it does nothing but disappoint. This song to me is boring and dull. The songs main theme is about star signs and isn't really too interesting to be honest. The chorus is extremely lame with Beyonce just singing different star signs...not very creative. The sounds, beats and tune of the song are quite irritating to me; I don't think this song is very entertaining as it's gets extremely repetitive after a while. This is a song I tend to skip because it has no interest to me, it's boring. 3/10 SPEECHLESS 6:00 "Going outta my head I think I'm loosing all my mind, drive me crazy burning candles making love all night, feels so strange it feels so crazy to be in your world in your arms lost for words, you've got me!" Here's another average song, which is obviously there to fill the album. This song is just a simple R'n'B record with beats reminiscent of tracks by TLC and Mary J. Blige. This song is meant to be a smooth and sultry love song but I don't see it. It's just to reliant on the heavy beats and for some reason Beyonce's style of singing is mediocre at best. The song does not grab your attention, it just goes on by, and is most probably going to be the track you skip. This song in my opinion has absolutely nothing going for it, because to me is sounds like it belongs in the mid 90's, plus it's just way too long. I'm sure with more effort this song could have been much better. 4/10 THAT?S HOW YOU LIKE IT (Featuring Jay-Z) 3:39 "I need a thug that'll have my back, do-rag, Nike Airs to match, ain't nothin' wrong with that, that's how I like it, baby" Here is another example of the early mid 90's so und. This song features JayZ but no don't expect a slick, cool hip-hop record, this song is far from it. The only thing Jay Z does is say "That's how you like huh?". Nope nothing new here either. His rap mid song is not impressive either. Initially when I first heard this song I expected it to grow on me but it actually had the opposite effect. It became more annoying and boring. This song irritates me because it's so repetitive, what's the point of saying "That's how you like it" over and over again? This song has no real chorus, this song is nothing new or original, it's just plain boring, and irritating, not even JayZ could save it. 3/10 THE CLOSER I GET TO YOU (Duet With Luther Vandross) 4:57 "Over and over again, I tried to tell myself that we, could never be more than friends, but all the while, inside, I knew it was real, the way you make me feel" Snore, Mariah is that you? Ok I know Luther Vandross is a talented singer but I don?t understand why this song was ever made. It sounds like all those other duets he's done. Beyonce trying to be different, you'd guess this duet would be a groundbreaking affair but nope, it sounds very similar to all the other ones. Not impressed one bit with this song. It just sounds so passé, it doesn't fit on this album one bit. The sounds and beats on this track stand out but for all the wrong reasons. This song just does not mesh in with all the other tracks; it just stands out for being different. I don't understand why R'n'B diva Beyonce has done such a soppy ballad, which sounds like it should be on Mariah's album. If you like Mariah type ballads then you'll love this, if not avoid it like the plague. 4/10 DANGEROUSLY IN LOVE 2 4:53 "My happiest moments weren't complete, if you weren't by my side" Destiny's Child fans will recognise this song title as it appeared on their last album "Survivor". This could probably be described as an updated version, which I think, is only slightly better than the album version but what baffles me is why it's on here in the first place, it sounds too similar to the original. I guess the only explanation can be is that it's probably a favourite of Beyonce's or it might mirror her real life, who knows? It's just a song about being dangerously in love with someone. It is a very sweet song with a lovely sound. The original is a favourite of mine from the survivor album, but there aren't too many differences between the two tracks. 8/10 BEYONCE INTERLUDE 0:16 "Every time I paint it sharpens my harmony, yesterday I tried to paint you" This is just a useless interlude, where Beyonce talks about harmonies. It's just a skit, and an annoying one at that. GIFT FROM VIRGO 2:43 "Every morning, every afternoon, every night, I wanna be with you" This is quite a simple tune, which has a very jazz inspired sound. This to me is a lovely chill out tune, as everything about it is kept simple. This is very different to any of the other songs as it's quite retro in the sense that's it quite reminiscent of old songs from the 60's. Even though this track is nice enough, it's not good enough for you to remember it or want to listen to it again and again. 5/10 WORK IT OUT 4:06 "You know I don?t ask for much, but for a girl spendin? time alone, can be pretty rough" First time I heard this song all I could say what the hell? But as usual the more I heard it the more I liked it and to this day I still like it! As most of you will remember this song featured on the soundtrack for Beyonce's debut movie Austin Powers in Goldmember (if you don?t count Carmen that is). Anyway the film to me was a major disappointment but the very cool soundtrack made up for that . This song is nothing but cool, and has a 70's vibe about it, which connects to the movie. The Neptune's produced it (I love you Pharrell!!) and I thought it was very original. The tune that plays throughout the song is quite retro sounding but adds more originality to the song and makes it more 70's style to suit the movie. At first I just found it irritating but it grew on me and I love it, it's a cool, different and original song, something you wouldn't really hear today but sounds great! This version is different to the radio edit as this one just goes straight into the song rather than having a slow intro. 7/10 BONNIE & CLYDE ?03 3:24 "She rides with me - the new Bobby and Whitney, only time we don't speak is during "Sex and the City" she gets Carrie fever, but soon as the show is over, she's right back to being my soldier" This song is nothing but cool. The tune is cool and the singing is even better. I thought this duet was way better then Nelly and Kelly but that song did so much better. Anyway this song is smooth and stylish. The tune that plays throughout the track is extremely cool. JayZ's rapping sounds really good, and I think these two make a great team when it comes to making cool R'n'B songs. JayZ's rapping goes extremely well with Beyonce's vocals. I think this song is good but after a while it can get slightly repetitive but overall a very good track. 8/10 CRAZY IN LOVE (Featuring Vanness Wu From F4) 3:55 "I look and stare so deep in your eyes, I touch on you more and more every time, when you leave I'm begging you not to go" This the exact same track as the first one except Jay Z is replaced by Vanness Wu who does a little rap mid song. One thing I like about this version is that in the intro there is no Jay Z talking over it and to me it sounds better. It sounds really strange and I'm sure it's in anothe r language. I think it messes up the track enormously as you can't bear to listen to this guy's rap, it's awful! Messes up a perfectly good song. 3/10 DADDY - Hidden Track "And that's why I want my unborn son, to be like my daddy, I want my husband to be like my daddy" This is a track about...yes you guessed it Beyonce's daddy. How sweet? No not really, it's nothing but dull, luckily this song just appears after the last song and isn't listed on the track listing, thank god. This song is not original and probably just a dedication to her daddy rather than a ground breaking hip hop track. This song is like an annoying skit in my opinion, a boring dedication, shouldn't really be on the album but there you go. 2/10 OVERALL~~ Overall I would have to say this album is a major disappointment as it becomes repetitive after a while, and loses its appeal mid way through the album. One of the things that dragged this album down was the fact that there is a drought of upbeat tracks destiny's child are so well known for half way through the album. It becomes dull and dreary. Expect to skip tracks as nothing stands out after the first few tracks. This album begins explosively but it just let's itself down after that. I think when people ran out to buy this album they were expecting a string of cool, up-tempo songs such as "Crazy in love" but it's nothing like that. I, for some reason find this album a big mess, it features too many different artists, and you can't figure out whether this is a hip hop album or a collection of ballads. The tone is confusing, and you will get bored after only a few listens. I don't think the track list has been put together correctly, as a lot of artists these days (such as Christina) seem to be producing albums with various different sounds but this album doesn't create that atmosphere, it's just dull. I don't understand why this album has been such a success, I personally think Kelly Rowland's album is better yet this album has already outsold hers. This album will definitely appeal to Destiny's Child fans but do not expect something different and original, it's all been done before. "Dangerously In Love" is available to buy at www.cdwow.com priced £8.99. 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When Destiny’s Child announced that they were taking a break to concentrate on establishing solo careers, everyone assumed that it would be Beyonce who was first off the mark with a solo album. But her fellow bandmates beat her to it, with both their albums proving huge successes while Beyonce’s debut solo single, Work It Out (the theme to Austin Powers 3) did not make the significant impact that everyone expected. So what’s a girl to do? If your name’s Beyonce, you take a leaf out of best friend Kelly Rowland’s book and hook yourself up with the nearest badboy rapper you can find to give yourself a bit of street-cred- in Beyonce’s case that would be Jay-Z. And what a good move that has proved to be! Dangerously in Love opens with the current No.1 Crazy in Love- a thundering, funky and catchy number which features Jay-Z and showcases Beyonce’s new found sexual confidence. And this isn’t bubblegum pop sexuality- it’s rampant, frantic and animalistic! With an album cover showing her looking fantastic draped in diamonds and not much else, and a video featuring her writhing provocatively, it’s clear that this little girl has done a lot of growing up recently. Funky, sexy, and with all the elements that make a perfect club tune, this is a fantastic album opener- if you don’t like this song don’t even think about buying the album! Naughty Girl continues in the same vein, sampling Donna Summer’s oh-so-sexy Love To Love You Baby and Baby Boy uses an Indian-style beat and guest stars Sean Paul (who had a recent hit with the incredibly annoying Get Busy), giving an exciting, exotic summery feel. Hip Hop Star has a seductive, powerful beat and a grinding bassline, and the guest stars manage to make a real impact on this track, giving it a fresh, urban feel while Beyonce croons sexily over it. Dangerously in Love begins full of life and promises to be a fantastically thrill ing album. However, it fails to live up to its potential and sags like a ten-year-old mattress in the middle with a series of dull, uninspired ballads which starts promisingly with Be With You and Me, Myself And I (which has a funky Aaliyah-inspired sound) and reaches it’s lowest point with The Closer I Get To You, a duet with Luther Vandross. Maybe Beyonce wanted to prove her talent as a singer in the Mariah Carey vein but there’s really no excuse for this! We all know that vocally Beyonce kick’s J-Lo’s amply proportioned rear end, she doesn’t need to use tired ballads to display this! The fact that Missy Elliott features on Signs idicates that this track is ging to be something special, but no- it fails to lift itself above the dull tracks which surround it. Yes and Speechless are two of the most mind-numbingly boring tracks I've heard in a long time and I suspect it would be difficult for any track to sound good snuck between these two! If you’ve made it through the wilderness that was the ballad section you’ll emerge at Dangerously in Love 2, which shows what a laid-back track should be like- heartfelt without overdosing on the sugar! Listening to Work It Out it’s difficult to understand why this single wasn’t as successful as expected. A fantastic slice of sexy 70s funk designed for grinding on the dancefloor! The final track, Bonnie & Clyde ’03, pairs Beyonce with Jay-Z again and gives a laid-back groove to close the album. With an album that relies so heavily on the appearance of guest artists (Jay-Z, Sean Paul, Missy Elliott, Luther Vandross, Big Boi and Sleepy Brown), it’s difficult not to wonder what happened to the girl who proudly declared herself an ‘independent woman’ in Destiny’s Child. That claim seems to ring slightly hollow after listening to Dangerously in Love and Beyonce certainly seems to miss the powerful harmonies provi ded by Destiny's Child. But it’s clear that Beyonce has the talent and charisma to become a superstar and if you’re into girly RnB/hip-hop such as Aaliyah or Ashanti then this is a must-have summer album, and with 15 full tracks (plus 1 skit and 1 bonus track) and an inlay filled with photos worthy of a place on any glossy fashion mag, you can’t deny it’s good value for money. But let’s hope that in the future she acquires the confidence to truly go it alone.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Crazy In Love (Featuring Jay-Z)
2 Naughty Girl
3 Baby Boy (Featuring Sean Paul)
4 Hip Hop Star (Featuring Big Boi and Sleepy Brown)
5 Be With You
6 Me, Myself and I
8 Signs (Featuring Missy Elliott)
10 That's How You Like It (Featuring Jay-Z)
11 The Closer I Get To You (Duet with Luther Vandross)
12 Dangerously In Love 2
13 Beyoncé Interlude
14 Gift From Virgo
15 Work It Out
16 Bonnie & Clyde '03