Beyonce has returned - though she never really seems to go very far, does she? - and is now hitting the world with dual singles hoping to flood both pop and urban radio with her regal presence and glass-shattering vocals.
The pop ditty she’s offering is a track called “If I Were A Boy.” Produced by Toby Gad (Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry”), it plays on the same themes as Ciara’s single “Like A Boy,” sounds eerily similar to Joan Osborne’s “One of Us” and is probably more age-appropriate for Miley Cyrus than Beyonce.
The more urban track, this one courtesy of Tricky Stewart and The Dream, is “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).” Up-tempo, it sounds like a sequel to “Get Me Bodied” --- for Ellie Mae Clampette at least.
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In any event, both tracks are a lead-in to B's third album, I Am, due November 18th. And if you’re wondering, yes, I Am reminds us of Alicia Keys’ As I Am, too. - Michael Arceneaux