Beyoncé I AM...SASHA FIERCE

I AM...SASHA FIERCE

Beyoncé

Released on November 14, 2008 by Music World Music - Columbia

Main artist: Beyonce

Genre: R&B/Soul > R&B

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In non-Deluxe Edition form, Beyoncé's third solo studio album is as concise as 2006's B'day, but it is divided into two discs as a way to emphasize the singer's distinct personalities. It's a gimmick, of course -- a flimsy one. Revealed through interviews in 2005, Sasha was said to be Beyoncé's "stage persona," an embodiment of the outgoing, aggressive, on-stage Beyoncé that doesn't necessarily represent the real Beyoncé. Sasha now has a last name (possibly picked up from Tyra Banks, who maybe took a cue from Klymaxx), and is granted half an album (the second disc) to express herself. These five songs, when compared to the majority of B'day, are actually less fun, less impulsive, and yes, less fierce. "Diva," a variation on Lil Wayne's "A Milli," is the only track that could go toe to toe with the likes of B'day's "Freakum Dress" or "Ring the Alarm," at least in terms of audacity. At the other end is "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," a dire "Get Me Bodied" retread. Otherwise, the Sasha Fierce half is full of decent, if easily forgettable, upbeat pop. If placed within the context of an album without a packaging ploy, there'd be little evidence that Beyoncé is making a radical progression or being any more bold than before. It would, if anything, be notable as the least R&B-oriented batch of songs she has made -- that is, if it wasn't for the I Am half, essentially a small set of adult contemporary ballads. Acoustic guitars, pianos, strings, contemplative soul searching, and grand sweeping gestures fill it out, with more roots in '70s soft rock than soul. Beyoncé feels each line to the fullest extent, which almost rescues the set's staidness. "If I Were a Boy," while sounding like the watery backdrop for a singing competition finale, turns out to be the album's standout, both for its lyrics and Beyoncé's tormented performance. It could have been the song that broke an unfairly neglected adult-R&B singer like Heather Headley into the mainstream, and don't be surprised if a country artist nabs a CMA Award by covering it. ~ Andy Kellman
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Album : 2 disks - 16 tracks Total length : 01:01:41

    DISC 1
  1. 1 If I Were a Boy (Album Version)

    Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Beyoncé Knowles, Producer - Beyoncé Knowles, Executive Producer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixing Engineer - Mathew Knowles, Executive Producer - Jens Gad, Drums - Jim Caruana, Recording Engineer - Matt Green, 2nd Engineer - Beyoncé, Performer - Syience, Drums - Syience, Guitar - Toby Gad, Composer - Toby Gad, Recording Engineer - Toby Gad, Producer - Toby Gad, Misc. Prod. - Toby Gad, Lyricist - BC Jean, Composer - BC Jean, Lyricist Copyright : (P) 2008 Sony Music Entertainment

  2. 2 Halo

    Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Beyoncé Knowles, Lyricist - Beyoncé Knowles, Composer - Beyoncé Knowles, Executive Producer - Beyoncé Knowles, Producer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixing Engineer - Mathew Knowles, Executive Producer - Jim Caruana, Recording Engineer - Ryan Tedder, Lyricist - Ryan Tedder, Composer - Ryan Tedder, Recording Engineer - Ryan Tedder, Misc. Prod. - Ryan Tedder, Producer - Christian Baker, 2nd Engineer - Matt Green, 2nd Engineer - Beyoncé, Performer - E. Kidd Bogart, Lyricist - E. Kidd Bogart, Composer Copyright : (P) 2008 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  3. 3 Disappear

    Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Beyoncé Knowles, Composer - Beyoncé Knowles, Executive Producer - Beyoncé Knowles, Producer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixing Engineer - Dave McCracken, Lyricist - Dave McCracken, Composer - Dave McCracken, Producer - Mathew Knowles, Executive Producer - Marcos Tovar, Recording Engineer - Ian Dench, Lyricist - Ian Dench, Producer - Ian Dench, Composer - Jim Caruana, Recording Engineer - Matt Green, 2nd Engineer - Amanda Ghost, Lyricist - Amanda Ghost, Composer - Amanda Ghost, Producer - Beyoncé, Performer - Hugo Chakrabongse, Lyricist - Hugo Chakrabongse, Composer Copyright : (P) 2008 Sony Music Entertainment

  4. 4 Broken-Hearted Girl

    Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Beyoncé Knowles, Lyricist - Beyoncé Knowles, Composer - Beyoncé Knowles, Executive Producer - Beyoncé Knowles, Producer - Tor Erik Hermansen, Lyricist - Tor Erik Hermansen, Composer - Tor Erik Hermansen, Misc. Prod. - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixing Engineer - Mathew Knowles, Executive Producer - Stargate, Producer - Jim Caruana, Recording Engineer - Matt Green, 2nd Engineer - Mikkel S. Eriksen, Lyricist - Mikkel S. Eriksen, Misc. Prod. - Mikkel S. Eriksen, Recording Engineer - Mikkel S. Eriksen, Composer - Beyoncé, Performer - Kenneth Edmonds, Lyricist - Kenneth Edmonds, Composer Copyright : (P) 2008 Sony Music Entertainment

  5. 5 Ave Maria

    Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Beyoncé Knowles, Lyricist - Beyoncé Knowles, Composer - Beyoncé Knowles, Executive Producer - Beyoncé Knowles, Producer - Tor Erik Hermansen, Lyricist - Tor Erik Hermansen, Composer - Tor Erik Hermansen, Misc. Prod. - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixing Engineer - Mathew Knowles, Executive Producer - Stargate, Producer - Ian Dench, Lyricist - Ian Dench, Composer - Ian Dench, Guitar - Matt Green, 2nd Engineer - Amanda Ghost, Lyricist - Amanda Ghost, Composer - Beyoncé, Performer - Mikkel S. Eriksen, Lyricist - Mikkel S. Eriksen, Misc. Prod. - Mikkel S. Eriksen, Recording Engineer - Mikkel S. Eriksen, Composer - Makeba, Lyricist - Makeba, Composer Copyright : (P) 2008 Sony Music Entertainment

  6. 6 Smash Into You

    Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Beyoncé Knowles, Lyricist - Beyoncé Knowles, Composer - Beyoncé Knowles, Executive Producer - Beyoncé Knowles, Producer - Beyoncé Knowles, Misc. Prod. - Terius Nash, Lyricist - Terius Nash, Producer - Terius Nash, Composer - Mathew Knowles, Executive Producer - Christopher Stewart, Lyricist - Christopher Stewart, Composer - Christopher Stewart, Producer - Steve Jordan, Drums - Jim Caruana, Recording Engineer - Randy Urbanski, 2nd Engineer - Jaycen Joshua, Mixing Engineer - Dave Pensado, Mixing Engineer - Beyoncé, Performer - Kuk Harrell, Recording Engineer - Brian Thomas, Recording Engineer - Andrew Wuepper, 2nd Engineer Copyright : (P) 2008 Sony Music Entertainment

  7. 7 Satellites

    Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Beyoncé Knowles, Lyricist - Beyoncé Knowles, Composer - Beyoncé Knowles, Executive Producer - Beyoncé Knowles, Producer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixing Engineer - Dave McCracken, Lyricist - Dave McCracken, Composer - Dave McCracken, Producer - Mathew Knowles, Executive Producer - Marcos Tovar, Recording Engineer - Ian Dench, Lyricist - Ian Dench, Producer - Ian Dench, Composer - Jim Caruana, Recording Engineer - Matt Green, 2nd Engineer - Amanda Ghost, Lyricist - Amanda Ghost, Composer - Amanda Ghost, Producer - Beyoncé, Performer Copyright : (P) 2008 Sony Music Entertainment

  8. 8 That's Why You're Beautiful

    Mathew Knowles, Executive Producer - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - James Fauntleroy II, Lyricist - James Fauntleroy II, Composer - Andrew Hey, Lyricist - Andrew Hey, Composer - Andrew Hey, Recording Engineer - Andrew Hey, Producer - Beyoncé, Performer - Beyoncé Knowles, Lyricist - Beyoncé Knowles, Composer - Beyoncé Knowles, Producer - Beyoncé Knowles, Executive Producer - David Boyd, 2nd Engineer - Jim Caruana, Mixing Engineer - Jim Caruana, Recording Engineer Copyright : (P) 2008 Sony Music Entertainment

  9. DISC 2
  10. 1 Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) (Album Version)

    Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Terius Nash, Producer - Terius Nash, Composer - Terius Nash, Lyricist - Beyoncé Knowles, Composer - Beyoncé Knowles, Producer - Beyoncé Knowles, Misc. Prod. - Beyoncé Knowles, Executive Producer - Beyoncé Knowles, Lyricist - Mathew Knowles, Executive Producer - Christopher Stewart, Composer - Christopher Stewart, Producer - Christopher Stewart, Lyricist - Thaddis Harrell, Composer - Thaddis Harrell, Lyricist - Jim Caruana, Recording Engineer - Randy Urbanski, 2nd Engineer - Jaycen Joshua, Mixing Engineer - Dave Pensado, Mixing Engineer - Beyoncé, Performer - Kuk Harrell, Recording Engineer - Brian Thomas, Recording Engineer - Andrew Wuepper, 2nd Engineer Copyright : (P) 2008 Sony Music Entertainment

  11. 2 Radio

    Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Beyoncé Knowles, Lyricist - Beyoncé Knowles, Composer - Beyoncé Knowles, Executive Producer - Beyoncé Knowles, Producer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixing Engineer - Mathew Knowles, Executive Producer - Jim Caruana, Recording Engineer - Rico Love, Lyricist - Rico Love, Composer - Rico Love, Misc. Prod. - Rico Love, Producer - Matt Green, 2nd Engineer - Jim Jonsin, Producer - Jim Jonsin, Recording Engineer - Beyoncé, Performer - Dwayne Nesmith, Lyricist - Dwayne Nesmith, Composer - D-Town, Producer - James Scheffer, Lyricist - James Scheffer, Composer Copyright : (P) 2008 Sony Music Entertainment

  12. 3 Diva

    Shondrae Crawford, Lyricist - Shondrae Crawford, Composer - Shondrae Crawford, Producer - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Beyoncé Knowles, Lyricist - Beyoncé Knowles, Composer - Beyoncé Knowles, Executive Producer - Beyoncé Knowles, Producer - Kory Aaron, 2nd Engineer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixing Engineer - Mathew Knowles, Executive Producer - Jim Caruana, Recording Engineer - Matt Green, 2nd Engineer - Michael Miller, 2nd Engineer - Beyoncé, Performer - Miles Walker, Recording Engineer - Sean Garrett, Lyricist - Sean Garrett, Composer - Sean Garrett, Producer Copyright : (P) 2008 Sony Music Entertainment

  13. 4 Sweet Dreams

    Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Beyoncé Knowles, Lyricist - Beyoncé Knowles, Composer - Beyoncé Knowles, Executive Producer - Beyoncé Knowles, Producer - Mathew Knowles, Executive Producer - Jim Caruana, Recording Engineer - Wayne Wilkins, Lyricist - Wayne Wilkins, Composer - Wayne Wilkins, Mixing Engineer - Wayne Wilkins, Producer - Rico Love, Lyricist - Rico Love, Composer - Rico Love, Misc. Prod. - Rico Love, Vocal - Rico Love, Producer - Jim Jonsin, Producer - Jim Jonsin, Mixing Engineer - Beyoncé, Performer - James Scheffer, Lyricist - James Scheffer, Composer Copyright : (P) 2008 Sony Music Entertainment

  14. 5 Video Phone

    Shondrae Crawford, Lyricist - Shondrae Crawford, Composer - Shondrae Crawford, Producer - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Beyoncé Knowles, Lyricist - Beyoncé Knowles, Composer - Beyoncé Knowles, Executive Producer - Beyoncé Knowles, Producer - Kory Aaron, 2nd Engineer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixing Engineer - Mathew Knowles, Executive Producer - Jim Caruana, Recording Engineer - Matt Green, 2nd Engineer - Beyoncé, Performer - Michael Miller, 2nd Engineer - Miles Walker, Recording Engineer - Angela Beyince, Lyricist - Angela Beyince, Composer - Sean Garrett, Lyricist - Sean Garrett, Composer - Sean Garrett, Producer Copyright : (P) 2008 Sony Music Entertainment

  15. 6 Hello

    Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Beyoncé Knowles, Lyricist - Beyoncé Knowles, Composer - Beyoncé Knowles, Executive Producer - Beyoncé Knowles, Producer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixing Engineer - Mathew Knowles, Executive Producer - Jim Caruana, Recording Engineer - REO, Producer - Matt Green, 2nd Engineer - Ramon Owen, Lyricist - Ramon Owen, Composer - Beyoncé, Performer - E. Kidd Bogart, Lyricist - E. Kidd Bogart, Composer - David Quiñones, Lyricist - David Quiñones, Composer - David Quiñones, Recording Engineer Copyright : (P) 2008 Sony Music Entertainment

  16. 7 Ego

    Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Beyoncé Knowles, Lyricist - Beyoncé Knowles, Composer - Beyoncé Knowles, Executive Producer - Beyoncé Knowles, Producer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixing Engineer - Mathew Knowles, Executive Producer - Philip Margiziotis, Horns - Donald Hayes, Saxophone - Jim Caruana, Recording Engineer - Harold Lilly, Lyricist - Harold Lilly, Composer - Dontae Winslow, Trumpet - Matt Green, 2nd Engineer - Mack Woodard, Recording Engineer - Harold Lilley, Producer - Elvis Williams, Lyricist - Elvis Williams, Composer - Elvis Williams, Producer - Beyoncé, Performer Copyright : (P) 2008 Sony Music Entertainment

  17. 8 Scared of Lonely

    Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Roberto Vasquez, Recording Engineer - Beyoncé Knowles, Lyricist - Beyoncé Knowles, Composer - Beyoncé Knowles, Executive Producer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixing Engineer - Mathew Knowles, Executive Producer - Cristyle Johnson, Lyricist - Cristyle Johnson, Composer - Jim Caruana, Recording Engineer - LaShawn Daniels, Lyricist - LaShawn Daniels, Composer - Rico Love, Lyricist - Rico Love, Composer - Matt Green, 2nd Engineer - Mike Donaldson, Recording Engineer - Beyoncé, Performer - Rodney Jerkins, Lyricist - Rodney Jerkins, Composer - Rodney Jerkins, Mixing Engineer - Rodney Jerkins, Producer - Solange Knowles, Lyricist - Solange Knowles, Composer Copyright : (P) 2008 Sony Music Entertainment

  • Album description
  • In non-Deluxe Edition form, Beyoncé's third solo studio album is as concise as 2006's B'day, but it is divided into two discs as a way to emphasize the singer's distinct personalities. It's a gimmick, of course -- a flimsy one. Revealed through interviews in 2005, Sasha was said to be Beyoncé's "stage persona," an embodiment of the outgoing, aggressive, on-stage Beyoncé that doesn't necessarily represent the real Beyoncé. Sasha now has a last name (possibly picked up from Tyra Banks, who maybe took a cue from Klymaxx), and is granted half an album (the second disc) to express herself. These five songs, when compared to the majority of B'day, are actually less fun, less impulsive, and yes, less fierce. "Diva," a variation on Lil Wayne's "A Milli," is the only track that could go toe to toe with the likes of B'day's "Freakum Dress" or "Ring the Alarm," at least in terms of audacity. At the other end is "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," a dire "Get Me Bodied" retread. Otherwise, the Sasha Fierce half is full of decent, if easily forgettable, upbeat pop. If placed within the context of an album without a packaging ploy, there'd be little evidence that Beyoncé is making a radical progression or being any more bold than before. It would, if anything, be notable as the least R&B-oriented batch of songs she has made -- that is, if it wasn't for the I Am half, essentially a small set of adult contemporary ballads. Acoustic guitars, pianos, strings, contemplative soul searching, and grand sweeping gestures fill it out, with more roots in '70s soft rock than soul. Beyoncé feels each line to the fullest extent, which almost rescues the set's staidness. "If I Were a Boy," while sounding like the watery backdrop for a singing competition finale, turns out to be the album's standout, both for its lyrics and Beyoncé's tormented performance. It could have been the song that broke an unfairly neglected adult-R&B singer like Heather Headley into the mainstream, and don't be surprised if a country artist nabs a CMA Award by covering it. ~ Andy Kellman

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