Eclectic Vibes: Beyonce “I Am…Sasha Fierce” Album Review
When Beyonce released “Dangerously In Love” music was different. Ashanti, 50 Cent, and Nelly were still on the radio. Jay-Z was still “retired.” And Mrs. Carter herself still made good music.
In 2008, a year The Dream, Ne-Yo, and T-Pain dominate current R&B music, or what’s left of it, making good music is not really important anymore. So maybe that’s why Beyonce’s latest album “I Am…Sasha Fierce” is so, well, not good.
Of course fans of Beyonce will praise “I Am…Sasha Fierce” as the best album a female singer has released since, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” And even if she “co-wrote” a gem like “Ex-Factor” naysayers will still compare it to trash. But, the middle ground is more where this album is.
For what it is “I Am…Sasha Fierce” is not that bad, it’s just not really that good. It does have it’s moments. Like the high-paced dance number “Radio” and the bumping Jim Jonsin produced “Sweet Dreams” which appear on the second disc and the Ryan Tedder assisted “Halo” and the operatic “Ave Maria” are the best things on the first disc. She could have taken the best tracks and smacked those on one disc, instead of wasting two discs for 11 tracks.
Maybe Beyonce is trying to fit into the current music scene which is bland to say the least. Or it could be she’s lazy. “Dangerously In Love” was an amazing well-crafted album. After the critical disappointment which was “Work it Out,” Beyonce had alot to prove. It seems as the years went by she felt comfortable in her spot as the female R&B singer. Maybe that’s why “B’Day” was so rushed. Maybe that’s why “I Am…Sasha Fierce” is so lackluster. Beyonce may want to start putting more umph into her music though. In case you haven’t heard Rihanna is looking like a perfect person to replace her.
Download: “Radio” & “Sweet Dreams”