Beyoncè 'Dangerously In Love' Full Album Review & Reaction
Are you curious to know what a modern day reaction of Beyonce's Dangerously in Love Album would look like? Well you got your wish my friend! Today Everyday Marvin will be reacting to Beyonce's debut album for the whole world to see.
Recently I decided to take a listen to Beyonce's first album and what did I get from this experience? Well it was.... ABSOLUTELY FUN, FUN FUN!
This month actually marks the anniversary of this album. I will be breaking down tracks of hers one by one and reviewing it for the first time in long time.
There is a lot to love here and a few to skip. I will have the full reaction video up above so you can check it out . Make sure you go to youtube and like & subscribe to my Everyday Marvin channel as well so you don't miss out on any future videos I release.
So let's begin the jounrey. This album was released in 2003 And is the first full solo album effort form queen bey. I felt like overall this is a strong first showing and it needed to be in order to help solidify her solo star once and for all outside of Destiny's Child.
The first song you hear is the mega hit 'Crazy In Love' featuring her future husband Jay-Z. What better way to bring in the new era of solo music than with the king of rap at the time. It is a powerhouse number and get things jumpin' jumpin for all those who were curious if she could really hold her own. It is definitely a highlight of the album and a great way to start!
The next number is 'Naughty Girl' which takes Beyonce into more adult territory without having her in the gutter. It is a fun song and has a unique energy to it and is fun to sing along with. It also shows off her vocals pretty darn well. This is what Beyonce generally shines at. It is making fun music that her vocals can just flow well over and put her signature on easily. There is kind of an operatic feeling with her singing throughout it too!
'Baby Boy' is up next to keep the dance floor vibe going. This features Sean Paul and him and her sound good together. She knew she would want to work with a variety of artist to give the album a nice overall sound. Baby boy is without a doubt a clubbanger and it is no wonder it worked well as a single.
'Hip Hop Star' brings some 'Outkast' vibe into the picture with Big Boi and another guy named Sleepy Brown ( who I had really never heard of and never heard of again afterwards.) The song is fun with kind of a Prince vibe undertone with the rock guitar riff going and going.
It kind of gives off an alternative feel that adds the flavor of the album. Beyonce is convincing here with her tantalizing vocal delivery. She is further showing that this is not a destiny's child rehash album.
Then we arrive at 'Be With You' the album's first slow jam. It is nice one to say the least and makes me wanna just lay down and chill with the special love of my life. (if I happen to have one at the MOMENT.) This is MOOD music for sure and enjoyable to listen to more than once.
'Me, Myself and I' follows and it packs the same punch it did when it was A single. I remember the creative music video FOR this one and the many women seemed to identify with this number. It got lots of play on radio from what I can remember. That beat is slick and sleek. It begs for replays. Even if you don't have relationship problems you will think you do after listening to THIS.LOL
'Yes' is a favorite of mine. I remember pretty much loving it the first time I heard it! It has this slow dragging r&b vibe that just works for it. I think many people have been in relationships that seem to go well at first and then once your partner wants you to do something that you aren't ready for yet the other person turns into another person. This is her saying she ain't got the time or patience for it.
'Signs' features production and vocals from Missy Elliott. This song just freaking works.The vibe makes you wanna just chill out somewhere with the lights turned down low. She goes over the various types of personality types you can run into while dating and how their different zodiac signs can effect your interactions with them. It is fun and creative how the production is done and layered.
'Speechless' is up next and ,honestly, this number I would kind of forget before. The mood of the album gets slowed down to a grind at this point. This song is REAL slow jam and made for special time between 2 lovers. She does sound beautiful here but you gotta be in the mood for it. This isn't something you would dance around to.
'That's How You Like It' serves as way to bring the mood of the album back up but ultimately comes off as one of the album's lesser numbers when you think about what came before it and after. It is fun to hear her and Jay-Z work TOGETHER again. It is also yet another reason for guys to listen/ buy this album or at least have an excuse too.LOL
'The Closer I Get to You' features the one and only Luther Vandross (May he rest in peace.) This song sounds so classic and regal if that's the right word. This song should pull those older listeners in if nothing esle does. It is a good number to listen to every now and then. It also sounds so much better after the previous number.
'Dangerously in Love 2' follows and is a reappearance of sorts since it was originally on the Destiny's Child Survivor album. It is given the designation of the number 2 to differentiate I guess. It is actually a pretty song and enjoyable to listen to. It is also the album title song and rightfully so tieing all the other songs together as the general mood of the album.
'Beyonce Interlude' is her talking about how she tries to paint her lover but she can't duplicate their image. I actually would have enjoyed a few more of these on the album. It is always interesting to me how artists think. This provides a small window into her world when is comes to love.
'Gift from Virgo '- This number is an alright song and falls under the slow jam/vibe category. Not a favorite of minds and gets skipped generally.
'Daddy' should be the end of the original album and is sweet in it's own way. I understand why she wanted to include it at the end.
I give this album an "A" for its overall quality. There are a few numbers I'm a not crazy about which is basically the last 3rd of the album but there are many things to like here.
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