Beyoncé has redefined the destiny of girl groups, the fierceness of female pop stars and even the soundscape of Houston - no small feats in her 15 years as a buzzy musical force. But even by Queen B standards, the self-titled “BEYONCÉ” towers above previous achievements.
From a commercial standpoint, “BEYONCÉ” is already a certified smash. Billboard reports that it will be the Houston singer’s fifth consecutive No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 with sales of more than 600,000 copies domestically in the first three days after its surprise release last week. Those are huge numbers, to be sure, especially since the expansive set is available only via iTunes so far.
As an artistic achievement, it’s easily her most fully realized work to date: elegant and abrasive, mournful and joyous. Both the songs and videos are gorgeous and cinematic, building from a modernist R&B framework through pop balladry, hip-hop and menacing electro grooves.
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