CD REVIEW! Beyoncé - Beyoncé

Queen Bey Beyoncé surprised fans around the world when she unexpectedly released a "visual" album, Beyoncé. The album boasts with 14 new songs and 17 videos! Beyoncé, music's glossiest mega-star, worked with the likes of Drake, Pharrell and hubby Jay Z on this project. The videos are has various directors on them, but it's the video Blue which caught my attention as it features her daughter, Blue Ivy! Essential tracks on this album are “Pretty Hurts”, “Partition”, “Flawless”, and “Blue”. The Daily Telegraph's Neil McCormick dubbed the LP "the most X-rated pop album since Madonna's Erotica", further writing in his four-star review: "You could get into a head spin about the mixed messages. Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie delivers a feminist empowerment speech over the dirty groove of Flawless, while Beyoncé yells “Bow down b***hes”. It's a brilliant release that touches on futuristic R&B and some electro soul thrown in for extra sound. Awesome!