Beyonce Review: Beyonce's Surprising New Album Is "Magnificently Conceived"
4 stars (out of 4 stars)
Who runs the world? Ahem, no further debate after taking in Queen Bey's (surprise!) 14-song, 17-video crowning glory.
The voice defies gravity (that falsetto and those runs on "No Angel," wow!), the production value of each clip is first-rate (every one is Video of the Year-worthy) and the electro-R&B, pop and trap-rap tracks are magnificently conceived.
On the lyrical front, her stock feminist life coach ("Pretty Hurts") and dutiful housewife ("Jealous") roles are intact. She also lays out her bedroom skills — guess what "Blow" is all about! — so graphically, a porn star would blush. Bow down, bitches.
Beyonce has sold 991,000 in its first 10 days of release, making it the 12th biggest-selling album of the year.