Beyonce’s new album I Am…Sasha Fierce. has received extremely mixed reviews from critics. Backseat Cuddler music critic DJ Sidekick reviewed the album and one of the key things he pointed out was that the all the songs were written by white songwriters (with the exception of Babyface). In his opinion this pushed the album more into sugar pop and away from R&B.
Mostly all of the writers on this project are white, save Babyface, and it shows through the project’s overall contemporary pop appeal. But don’t worry, the later portion of this album features enough 808’s, mixshow lingo, and designer references to make up for it. Top producer nods belong to Rodney Jerkins, Sean Garrett, and Jim Jonsin.
“Ave Maria” is a track that’s so corny it’s embarassing – not quite a remake, not quite a Lifetime special presentation.
Sidekick goes on to praise certain portions of the album and aptly points out his favorite two songs on the CD.
This projects two most-strongest tracks though are without a doubt “Diva” (which has virtually the same beat sequence as Lil’ Wayne’s “A Milli”, an obvious nod to her friend and collaborator) and “Radio” – two songs that are so dynamic in vocal arrangement and experiments in tribal house (more so the latter) that it makes you want to check your iPod again with the thought that you’ve shuffled to a new Rihanna track – an effort that I’m sure was completely strategic.
D.J. concluded his review with this appropriately mixed conclusion about Beyonce’s I Am…Sasha Fierce.
It’s an imbalanced record at best, but still B’s best work thus far. A record that you’ll undoubtedly be hearing through 2009 in both the club and at a Pampered Chef party.
Photos from Sasha Fierece Photo Shoot