B'day [Japan Bonus Track]

B'day [Japan Bonus Track]

by Beyoncé

CD(Bonus Tracks)

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At least one tactic or event preceding the release of Beyoncé's second solo album inspired a bemused three-syllable exclamation from anyone who was paying attention. The lead single, the late-'70s funk-inspired "Deja Vu," had the audacity to not be as monstrous as "Crazy in Love" -- its stay at the top of the charts was relatively brief, so clearly there was evidence of some drop-off there. This was quickly followed by "Ring the Alarm," an angered, atonal, and out-of-character song with an accompanying video that invited all kinds of perplexed analysis, along with debate on whether Beyoncé was being autobiographical or, as the singer claimed, channeling her Dreamgirls character. All of this gave the haters plenty of ammo when anything less than 100-percent polite, ladylike, and expected was bound to do the trick. Add to this an album title that can be pronounced just like "bidet," along with the advertisement that the album's ten songs were whipped up in two weeks, and you have yourself a career-killing train wreck. B'day isn't even close to that. While Beyoncé does sound like she's in a bit of a hurry throughout the album, and there are no songs with the smooth elegance of "Me, Myself and I" or "Be with You," it is lean in a beneficial way, propelled by just as many highlights as the overlong Dangerously in Love. Two collaborations with Rich Harrison swagger and preen: "Been locked up in the house way too long/It's time to get it, 'cause once again he's out doing wrong" (the blaring/marching "Freakum Dress"); "Don't give me no lip, let mama do it all" (the spectacularly layered "Suga Mama"). The Neptunes assist on "Green Light," an ambitious, fleet-footed number that continually switches tempos and sounds, as well as "Kitty Kat," a deceptively sweet, rainbow-colored track -- where what sounds like purrs are more like claws-out dismissals -- that could've been pulled from one of the first three Kelis albums. And even with an entirely bonkers line like "I can do for you what Marvin did for the people," "Upgrade U" is the most potent track on the album, a low-slung Cameron Wallace production where Beyoncé wears and buys the pants while making her proposition sound more like empowerment than emasculation. If the circus surrounding this whole thing -- which could take up to ten pages to document -- was an elaborate ploy to transform Beyoncé into an underdog, there really is some kind of genius at play, but it's extremely unlikely that anyone in her camp could've predicted that the expectations and reactions would be less rational than any of Beyoncé's decisions and actions. There is nothing desperate or weak about this album. [The Japanese SME edition included one bonus track.]

Product Details

Release Date: 12/15/2007
Label: Sony / Bmg Japan
UPC: 4547366029826
catalogNumber: 1400

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beyoncé   Primary Artist
Bruce Dukov   Violin,Concert Master
Robert Becker   Viola
Larry Corbett   Celli
Nathan East   Bass
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Harvey Mason   Percussion
Haim Shtrum   Violin
John Wittenberg   Violin
Suzie Katayama   Celli
Jay-Z   Rap
Tim Carmon   Keyboards
Eric Jackson   Guitar
Espen Lind   Guitar
Roberto Cani   Violin
Andrew Duckles   Viola
Michele Richards   Violin
Gerry Hillera   Violin
Ronald Judge   Horn
Allen "Al Geez" Arthur   Horn
Aaron "Goody" Goode   Horn
Hanna Khoury   Violin,Viola
Boujemaa Razgui   Nay
Omar Al Musfi   Percussion
Mo'Horns   Horn
Kenneth Yerke   Violin
Mario de León   Violin
Sarah Parkins   Violin
Sean Carrington   Guitar
Denyse Buffin   Viola

Technical Credits

Curtis Mayfield   Composer
David Campbell   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Scott Cutler   Composer
Rudy Pérez   Vocal Producer
Solange   Composer
Rodney Jerkins   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Shakira   Arranger,Violin Arrangement,Vocal Producer,Additional Production
Ian Dench   Composer
Clarence Reid   Composer
Jay-Z   Composer
Erwin Gorostiza   Art Direction
Jim Caruana   Engineer
Gustavo Celis   Engineer
Anne Preven   Composer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Stargate   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Shawn Carter   Composer
LaShawn Daniels   Composer
Amanda Ghost   Composer
Beyoncé Knowles   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Neptunes   Producer
Mathew Knowles   Executive Producer
Swizz Beatz   Producer
Mike Tocci   Engineer
Willie Clarke   Composer
Natsumi Itoh   Liner Notes
Rich Harrison   Composer,Producer
Denaun Porter   Programming
Shane "Bermy" Woodley   Engineer
Kasseem Dean   Composer,Additional Production
Chris Spilfogel   Engineer
Jeff Villaneuva   Engineer
Fusako Chubachi   Art Direction
Nathan Jenkins   Engineer
Henry Krieger   Composer
Angela Beyince   Composer
Robert "LB" Dorsey   Engineer
Dabling "Hobby Boy" Haward   Engineer
David "D-Lo" Lopez   Engineer
Rommel Nino Villanueva   Engineer
Sean Garrett   Composer,Producer
Aaron Renner   Engineer
Candice Nelson   Composer,Producer
Delisha Thomas   Composer
Kareem Roustom   String Arrangements,Violin Arrangement
Ne-Yo   Producer
Olgui Chirino   Vocal Producer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer,String Arrangements
Cameron Wallace   Producer
Quincy Jackson   Marketing
Syience   Producer
Geoff Rice   Engineer
Roberto Almodovar   Engineer
Keli Nicole Price   Composer
Tor Erik Hermansen   Composer,String Arrangements
John Weston   Engineer
Stayve Thomas   Composer
Makeba   Composer
Shea Taylor   Producer
Eduardo "Visitante"   Programming,Additional Production
Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton   Engineer
Chuck Middleton   Composer
Underdogs   Producer
Walter W. Millsap   Composer,Producer

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