Beyonce Review: Beyonce's Surprising New Album Is "Magnificently Conceived"

Entertainment Dec. 27, 2013 AT 1:55PM
Beyonce Knowles Beyonce's new 14-song, 17-video self-titled album is "magnificently conceived" and receives 4 out of 4 stars from Us Weekly's Entertainment Director Ian Drew

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.

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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.

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Beyonce Knowles in her video
Beyonce Knowles in her video "Pretty Hurts"

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.

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Beyonce has sold 991,000 in its first 10 days of release, making it the 12th biggest-selling album of the year.

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