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Beyoncé Dangerously In Love Review

Album. Released 2003.  

BBC Review

Lets face it Beyoncé Knowles is one fine looking lady and she knows it! She strikes...

Lewis Dene 2003

When Beyoncé sings, "tonight I'll be your naughty girl" with lustful sexual confidence oozing from every syllable, you can almost collectively hear the entire male population miss a heartbeat. Add a seductive parody from Donna Summers pole-dance favourite, "Love To Love You Baby", and you have the sort of excursion that epitomises all that is good and bad about the vacationing Destiny Child starlet.

Lets face it Beyoncé Knowles is one fine looking lady and she knows it! She strikes all the right poses, capturing the male market in a twinkle of those seductive eyes. While the albums artwork would not look out of place gracing the pages of Vogue.

She's truly a marketer's dream, but most importantly, can also hold a tune. With the transatlantic hits "Work It Out" and "Bonnie & Clyde '03" already to her name, and the third, and possibly the biggest to come, with Jay-Z on "Crazy In Love".

Guest support is plentiful with Jay-Z also featuring on "That's How You Like It", and Missy Elliott lurks in the background on the cleverly worded "Signs". One for the astrologically minded amongst us, this downlow shuffler describes her preferred chemistry and star (sign) qualities for her perfect man.

Guaranteed the number one slot on the US R&B charts, is the update of Roberta Flack & Donnie Hathaway's soul masterpiece "The Closer I Get To You" with Luther Vandross. Also to be found on the convalescing soul man's Dance With My Father opus, (which recently topped the American album listings). This is perfect for the quiet storm format that dominates much of late night radio in the States.

Add to the repeat play list "Be With Me", where B adds new lyrics atop Shuggie Otis sleazy grooves from "Strawberry Letter 23". And the dreamy slow jam "Speechless" for those between the sheet moments, and the aforementioned lyrically smouldering "Naughty Girl".

From the sleeve notes, were told that Dangerously In Love comes during a sojourn from Destiny's Child, not the end of the Texan supergroup.

That said, Knowles co-wrote and co-produced nearly all the tracks here (and least we forget nearly all of those with Destiny's Child too), and despite commendable attempts from her soul sisters, Kelly and Michelle, to prove otherwise, there's only ever gonna be one winner in the Queen of Destiny's Child sweepstakes & and her names Beyoncé.

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