Beyonce & “Girls”: Flop or Banger?
April 21, 2011 § 1 Comment
While I won’t call myself a “stan”, I’ve been a huge fan of Beyonce ever since 2003’s Dangerously In Love. The Houston-bred Pop diva is known for her thumping beats, power anthems, and introducing people around the world with new sounds. So when the final single “Girls” (off Beyonce’s upcoming album) dropped today, many people were confused.
Being such an avid fan of Beyonce, I had high expectations for her music. After all, she’s been gone for almost two years. When I heard “Girls”, my immediate reaction was not pleasant. I played the track again to give it a second chance, but that didn’t help either. The beat, a Major Lazer “Pon Di Floor” sample, was the first thing that threw me off. Don’t get me wrong, that track was FIRE…..in 2009. We are in 2011, pop artists are pushing the envelope with their songs (note Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Britney Spears, etc). Why are we regressing in time with a tired, over-played, & over-used song?
The fans crave something new & unexpected, not something they’ve shaken their asses to over the past three years. I know this sample has been used this year with Swizz Beatz-produced “Ass on the Floor” by Diddy-Dirty Money, but that is a different case. Swizz Beatz solely took the drums from the Dancehall song and embedded it into the track, creating a whole new vibe. With “Girls”, this is not the case. The sample could have been twisted, distorted, chopped, ANYTHING! But the track is just elementary-school lyrics lazily layered over an internationally known song.
Pop music in 2011 is being dominated by hard-hitting songs from Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry, all artists who could never hold a candle next to Beyonce’s Grammy-winning talent and presence in the music industry. Yet she releases a song that makes her look like she just stepped into the game. Shouldn’t it be the opposite?
Despite “Girls” being a musical tragedy (in my opinion), I do believe Beyonce will bring it with the rest of the album as well as her flawless & energetic performances. After all, she is one of the best entertainers in the world. Here’s to hoping that Beyonce will wow us with a fresh 2nd single, because “Girls” is not doing it.
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