The tracks "1 + 1" and "Love on Top" both sound like classics. The lyrics are simple (and love is simple isn't it?) and sure to resonate with anyone who is or has been in love for more than a minute. The music on both tracks is timeless--not trendy. I can see folks like "Girl, that is my jam!" from the 1970's right up to today. "Schoolin' Life" is on the bonus CD in the Target Delux Edition. It is a dance song and the lyrics are like a cautionary tale and celebration of living and learning (sometimes the hard way). This song is Beyoncé in all her Southern, country glory and it is (singing in my Oprah voice) aaaaaawsoooome!
"Countdown", my favorite song on Beyonce 4, is probably going to be the biggest hit from this album. I have heard mixed reviews, but fans who do not care for the ballads will be pleased with "Countdown".
It reminds me of "Crazy in Love" with hype, relentless horns and drums and with die-hard love lyrics. I have been googling like crazy hoping to see it as her next single. I hope the video, will be dance heavy and awesome and inspire YouTube copycats. Side bar: I live for those Beyoncé copycat YouTube videos. This is one of my favorites right now-->Do dat Beyoncé. I can't lie--I wanna dance like Beyoncé too. I digress.
You won't find a Beyoncé album without a girl power anthem--"Run The World (Girls)" reminds us, including the boys, how powerful we are. Obviously, we're not running anybody's world, but the men would have a terrible time trying to do it without us, wouldn't they?
There's only one collaboration on 4. Andre 3000 is featured on "Party" and totally delivers what Andre 3k fans love in his verse. Other than that, this album is all Beyoncé and ALL awesome!
Truth: No female pop artist can do what Beyonce does. Beyonce could hit the stage in a dress with nothing but a mic and a spotlight and dare you to look away or not be entertained. Her biggest "competition" in the same situation would be a collasle snoozefest.