[NEW RELEASES] Beyonce
Surprisingly, though, it landed with a thud on radio, and the buzz around “4” hasn’t been encouraging - there’s even talk that the multihyphenate diva could find herself dealing with her very first flop.
It remains to be seen how “4” will do on the charts, but if fans pay attention to the music, then Beyonce should have no worries. If anything, “Run the World (Girls)” is the anomaly of the disc, which has few tracks geared for the clubs.
Instead, Beyonce - just a few months shy of 30 - offers a bewitching blend of ballads and midtempo grooves that show a maturation in the singer’s sound.