Today marks the global release of Beyonce‘s ‘4’.
Undeniably one of the most important albums the singer’s career to date, the record has experienced quite the roller-coaster – prior to even hitting shelves. Indeed, while hailed for being her best collective output thus far, the album has also been critiqued for not boasting much in the way of palatable commercial singles (a point, perhaps reflective in the performance of the project’s singles thus far?) Then, of course, there’s the 3-week early internet leak – which, for many, marred the potential success of album.
Despite this, early indications show the megastar to be on course to defy the odds. For, following stunning shows in Nice, London, and Glastonbury, ‘4’ is already perched atop of iTunes in many a European market, and – as we type – in the same position Stateside. With a slew of US promotional spots this week and following, prospects are looking much brighter for the ‘Run The World’ led LP.
That said, we at That Grape Juice are eager to hear your thoughts on the project. Will you be buying? Have you bought it already? If so, why? If not, why?
We’ve had the record on repeat at TGJ HQ and can’t get enough of it. From the lush ‘Party (ft. Andre 3000)‘, to ‘Upgrade U’s sophisticated sister ‘Countdown’, ‘I Care’, ‘End of Time’, ‘I Was Here’…the whole CD! Both musically and sonically, this is the best dish she’s served yet. However, as ever, we want to know what you think…