I subscribe to a lot of blogs. That way, I get a lot of news, perspectives and insights. I get put on to new things and get to reminisce about old ones. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of hate in the blogosphere for Beyonce and her new singles.
I read a lot of those reviews before hearing the tracks. After listening, however, I’m wondering what all the rah rah was about. Of course at first glance, the song If I Were A Boy might seem like a Ciara knock-off, but the songs are totally different. Beyonce sings beautifully on it and I love the video. I haven’t given it many rotations yet, but that’s because it’s not a dance track. For that, I’ll look to Single Ladies.
I don’t care what yall say, that song cranks. First listen, I wasn’t blown away. Thereafter, every listen the song gets better. It’s really fun when you’re in the car with your girls or on the dancefloor. Hell, I can’t wait to clean my crib to that song. It’s fun and has a beat that makes you want to shake your hips (and whatever else you can move). Can’t hate on the words, either. Really tho… how are you going to break up with a chick, see her out getting attention from some other guys and now you get salty? Nah son. If you was on it like that, you shoulda put a ring on it!
Then there’s the video. Lots of rah rah going on about how Beyonce stole the concept from Bob Fosse‘s choreograhy in Mexican Breakfast. Well that’s stupid. Bey admits she was influenced by Fosse. She used his work as inspiration for the Get Me Bodied video too. Stole, however, is too strong of a word. Why a person can’t see something that was done in the past and reinvent it or pay homage to it is beyond me. Beyonce and her two backup dancers are working it. Legs out, hips gyrating! Very seldom can you have a video with once scene that holds your attention.
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Oh, and let’s not forget about how all the Kids will be working this out for the rest of ’08!
6 responses to “All the single ladies…”
that was some good commentary, I agree with you 100%. People always want to hate on Bey, but they got to admit, she’s good at what she does.
It’s a catchy tune. But I think I enjoy the video more with the sound off.
I’ve never been a fan, but I wouldn’t call myself a ‘hater’ either. But I hate ‘overkill’ and the Beyonce machine is good at that.
yeah when i first heard the “single ladies” song i wasn’t even sure it was new because it didn’t sound much different than anything she’s done so far. but i love love love the video and liked the homage to mexican breakfast.
sorry, i don’t care too much for the “if i were a boy” video, but she does sound really good on the song.
i think this is the longest post i’ve made on your blog.
From a purely DJ perspective, I wasn’t really feeling Single Ladies. As stated before, it sounded like stuff she did before. However, after witnessing women completely lose it while this song played at the Blue Jean Jam last night, I think the song rocks…lol!!!
Snap fo’ the kids.. he did the dman thang.
I was not feeling Single Ladies until I saw the video..
To date, Get me Bodied can put me in another place though.