Beyonce's unmistakeable appeal - Beyonce Knowles - Dangerously in Love

2006-03-29 18:19

It's the way she phrases those honeyed soul glows, the complete class with which she sets the love juices flowing that sees Beyonce mature from the booty-oriented pulp of her Destiny's Child adolescence into an authentic soul diva.

The opening brass-fuelled booty shaking club jam "Crazy in Love" (featuring Jay-Z) soars into the Donna Summer dance floor delights of "Naughty Girl" and the ragga jam "Baby Boy" both fuelled by seriously slick staccato funk production from Scott Storch. Similarly, the self-reflexive seduction of "Hip Hop Star" is replete with hypnotic hip shaking bass funk rhythms, lyrical raps from Big Boi and sensual vocal murmurs courtesy of Sleepy Brown. While the old school meets nu-soul lilt of "Be With You" is the quintessential bedroom jam that J-Lo and Ashanti wish they could be singing.

Still more bewitching are the downtempo grooves that sway the heart while gently massaging the libido ("Me, Myself and I" and the languid breeze of "Yes"). And even when major league rap sista Missy Elliot makes an appearance on "Signs" the mood remains sinuously sexy 'n sensual soulful, rather than dabbling in rambunctious rap. Which is precisely the recipe for success of Beyonce's debut. Rather than rest on the laurels of her cast of guest collaborators to supply any dose of creative credibility, Beyonce showcases her own unmistakable appeal. "Speechless" is a smouldering contemporary ballad, while her duet with soul legend Luther Vandross ("the Closer I Get to You") evokes the yearning love odes of the classic sophisticated soul duos of the 70s.
Sure, the sonic blueprint is hardly innovative, but the sheer panache with which Beyonce struts her stuff elevates Dangerously in Love above most of her peers.

mmoni 2004/09/12 2:57 PM
dangerously in love its a kick ass album hell yeah!!
arshaad jacobs 2005/01/20 9:58 PM
dangeoursly in love dangeroursly in love yes
tatyana 2005/12/26 9:44 PM
dangerously in love anybody not liking this cd has no eye for the best things available. remove them blinders and get one for yourself
salona kisten 2007/07/16 11:25 AM
Dangerously in love She is hot.The album is hot...........She is indeed an all ime DIVA.I faithfully agree with Tatyana.
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