Great production overall, Bey's vocals are potent and lively. Best tracks in my opinion are I Care, I Miss You, I Was Here, BTINH, and Dance 4 U. I'm usually not big on R&B albums because I find them kind of on the boring side, but that was not the case with 4.
if you want to do a track by track comparison to see what ATRL's fave 3 tracks from the album 4 is, you can just put in a poll with all 12 of the songs on the record. going post by post to average out ratings is too difficult. polls make rating easier.
and if you want a metacritic type thing going on: you have to also make a poll with the options being: 0-60, 60-70, 70-80, 80-90, 90-100. kind of make it like school. below 60=fail. 60-70=D, 70-80=C, 80-90=B, 90-100=A for ratings. at least votes are anonymous, so we can get a real estimate of how posters feel about the album. if, for example, i come in a thread and give an album a rating of 59, some stans may start taking offense to it and thats how the thread gets derailed with fighting.
i would give 4 a B.
best 3 tracks: i care, love on top, end of time
the album would of been better if the deluxe album songs were put on the regular version.
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Top Tracks - Party, Countdown, Lay up under me (or i miss you if its just standard)
4 is a huge step up for beyonce, a very mature album with many 80s-90s influences that still maintains a fresh atmosphere. I honestly wouldve given it a 90 if best thing i never had didnt exist. Still easily the best r&b/pop crossover in recent memory, with the amazing experimental r&b track countdown being the album highlight
TALK THAT TALK needs a good reviewing in the future too.
Is it bad if that's my fav Rihanna album? It's like, I know it's not as good as Rated R but I like it so much more. I just low how sexual and stupid it is. Plus her use of The XX's song 'Intro' was actually pretty nice.
Genre: Contemporary R&B, neo-soul, funk, pop Score: 84/100
Reviews: Over the years Beyonce has lead the pack of R&B and Pop girls through her unique personas and classic everyone-and-your-grandmother-knows-the-lyrics hits (ex. Single Ladies). But never has Beyonce made a classy and sophisticated album such as this. Combing unique musical compositions ranging from disco to rock n roll, she pulls of nearly every song with high level precision. '4' is the kind of album that should define an artist, but unfortunately the public didn't seem to latch on tight enough for it to shine as bright as it could. Even when everyone in the business is going for Dr. Luke and Calvin Harris for hits, Bey stays true to herself, and keeps on refining the genre which she represents. A pure R&B gem.
Top tracks: Countdown, End of Time, 1+1
Universal Acclaim (81-100)
Generally Favorable Reviews (61 - 80)
Mixed or Average Reviews (40 - 60)
Generally Unfavorable Reviews (20 - 39)
Overwhelming Dislike (0 - 19)