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Beyonce “Dangerously In Love”

Becca Campbell

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After much anticipation, Beyonce Knowles, former Diva of Destiny’s

Child, released her debut album “Dangerously In Love” on June 24, 2003.

The first time the public saw Knowles break free from her comfort zone of being one voice of three was on MTV’s “Making the Video”. During this show the audience saw in an intimate yet rare glimpse into the singer’s anxiety of finally performing on her own.

Knowles anxiety is unwarranted now. Her first single “Crazy In Love” featuring Jay-Z has been played on popular music stations in the Tristate area peaked at number one. According to the Music Charts Top Forty webpage the single stands at number three for the week of Aug. 24 through Aug 30.

The album is a mixture of beats. The third track “Baby Boy” with

guest Sean Paul has a Jamaican flare as Beyonce sings and Sean

Paul flavors the song with several raps. The lyrics are strong, and the

beat is great for dancing.

This dancing trend does not end at that one song. “Hip Hop Star” (track 4) has great base and a soulful beginning rap by Big Boi and Sleepy Brown.

Perhaps one of the best songs, lyrically, is track 7, “Yes”. It deals

with relationships and communication. It is a wonderful song for when a person is upset at a significant other. Also this song does something most songs do not in this world today, it promotes a healthy self-image for young women.

In the next track, “Signs” Missy Elliot joins Knowles for a fast spin around the astrological calender. “Signs” begins with Virgo- Knowles’s sign-making it an entertaining song to sing along to as a person listens for one’s sign.

Overall, the album has a great sound with quality lyrics and famous

names. While one listens to the album one can’t help but sing along, or dance with Knowles’s music. This album was definitely worth the thirteen dollars!

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Beyonce “Dangerously In Love”