The fact that Spotify no longer uses the original 4 artwork reminded me of a beer-inspired conversation I had with someone a few weeks ago (was it one of you?) during which I said something along the lines of, “But like honestly I think 4 would have been more successful had they gone with the deluxe album art in the purple dress instead of the one with the weird fur.”

samlansky
samlansky:

This New York Times review from 2003 unfavorably comparing Beyonce to Ashanti is the greatest thing I’ve ever read. 

LOL ASHANTI ASIDE (never forget "The Woman You Love"), I agree with the final line of this review: “[Dangerously In Love’s] vision of romance is profoundly unconvincing.”
I love Beyonce as much as the next guy, but I’ve never believed her. And I guess that’s something they hadn’t realized back in 2003 - the artificiality is part of the deal. Part of why we’re so fascinated by her.

samlansky:

This New York Times review from 2003 unfavorably comparing Beyonce to Ashanti is the greatest thing I’ve ever read. 

LOL ASHANTI ASIDE (never forget "The Woman You Love"), I agree with the final line of this review: “[Dangerously In Love’s] vision of romance is profoundly unconvincing.”

I love Beyonce as much as the next guy, but I’ve never believed her. And I guess that’s something they hadn’t realized back in 2003 - the artificiality is part of the deal. Part of why we’re so fascinated by her.