Broken Hearted Girl - Beyoncé Single Review
From the album that gave us the number one single If I Were A Boy and big selling tracks Halo, Sweet Dreams and Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It), Beyonc releases a fifth single, Broken Hearted Girl, in support of the platinum release (bonus tracks plus DVD) of said album; I Am Sasha Fierce. A girl of split musical personality, Beyonc can do booty-shaking R&B or she can do sincere, lush ballad; this offering falls smack bang into the latter category.
During the first few listens the introductory piano riff grates a little; clumpy chords on each beat that continue throughout the track; however, this track is undoubtedly a grower and with every consequent listen one realises that simplicity works. The heartfelt, emotional lyrics of this track are showcased by a beautifully tame vocal from Beyonc who, to some extent, calms her perfected diva-esque powerful style down to a more gentle, lush tone. Holding back on the vocal and stripping down the musical arrangement to simple piano, and gradual build with gentle (though admittedly mildly irritating) synthesised strings draws further attention to the lyrics; a well-written moving break-up ballad. Vocally and lyrically, this track cant be faulted; production wise, I just find it disappointing that an international multi-platinum selling artist thats signed to one of the biggest labels in the world cant find the budget to avoid weak synthesised strings.
This autumn, there are a number of superb down-tempo tracks around from big selling female vocalists from the likes of Rihannas spine-tingling Russian Roulette to Beyoncs label mates and UK-equivalents Alexandra Burke and Leona Lewis (Silence, phenomenal album track, and the tear-jerking Happy respectively). Unfortunately for Beyonc, Broken Hearted Girl is weaker than her contemporaries current down-tempo offerings and, though it sits nicely on disc one of the album amongst the superb host of ballads, however moving the tamed vocal and simple orchestration may be, this track lacks the power and conviction of big selling singles that were so used to hearing from Beyonc.
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