Anticipated solo debut albums: Van Morrison, anything by any of The Beatles (except Ringo), Diana Ross, Neil Young...you get the picture. Because, in the history of anticipation and debuts, Beyonce Knowles first full-length album is overloading adrenal, and draining saliva, glands across the world. And probably far beyond.
Furthermore, anyone who thought this sista was little more than beauty and booty is in for a surprise as the majority of 'Dangerously In Love' was written and produced by Beyonce herself. True, she did have a little help but when you've got collaborators like Missy, Luther Vandross and Jay-Z in your roll-a-dex it'd be churlish to pass up the opportunity for getting them involved. But is it any good? Is the pope...? Do bears...? etc. This is the international queen of pop R'n'B at work so the goods on show are never going to be any less than blazing. The 'Crazy In Love' collabo with Jay-Z figures and the remainder of the set is a cornucopia of contemporary soul blues-outs, heart felt ballads and untrammelled party-hard club bangers. What more could you ask for?