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Dangerously In Love - Beyonce
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Dangerously In Love - Beyonce
Date: 20/07/03, updated on 20/07/03 (747 review reads)
Advantages: Some great upbeat tracks, Fantastic potential
Disadvantages: Too many weak slow tracks, Too much reliance on guest artists
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.