Beyonce – Run The World (Girls) Song Review

Posted in: Genres by BraveheartXD on May 1st, 2011 | 11 Comments

On the week of April 21st, it has been released officially to iTunes and radio. I had a chance to hear it in full, and there are two versions. The single version is everything but the long nearly "50 second" intro, and the album version has the intro. Since that’s a minor difference between the album version and the single version, I’m going to review the entire song WITH the intro.

Beyonce – Run The World (Girls) Song Review

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      When I first heard about Beyonce’s new single coming out around the end of april, i  was excited but i didn’t have my hopes up because her fans haven’t had anything official  announced from her or her team. But when april arrived, and with more news, and as the days  passed, and the weeks, and snippets of the new single started getting “leaked”, i was  beginning to believe the end of april news. And on the week of april 21st, it has been  released officially to itunes and radio. I had a chance to hear it in full, and there are  two versions. The single version is everything but the long nearly “50 second” intro, and  the album version has the intro.  Since thats a minor difference between the album version  and the single version, i’m going to review the entire song WITH the intro.

At first, it starts off like something dark, in the beat of the song, just the before the  melody kicks in. Absolutely NO SHADE when i say this because i’m a fan of both, but i admit  that the intro to this song could of been an intro/outro on Rihanna’s 2009 “Rated R” Album.  The intro seemed like it had that kinda vibe to me. Then as the melody kicks in, in my mind  it was like she was arriving and coming back to her DARE I SAY “throne”. When i listen to  songs, i think visually, especially and way before the music video comes out. And so I  visualized Beyonce getting up and doing the “tyra banks” model walk until she reaches the  “Royal chair” before her that is several feet ahead of her. Now don’t get me wrong, but  from the vibe and tone of this song, it seems as if it goes hand in hand with her return to  music. Since she said she was inspired a lot by the legendary nigerian  multi-instrumentalist Fela Kuti, it seems that she was aiming for an women-empowerment song  with a african culture twist dedicated to women all over the world to appeal to them.

Now what got me confused a bit after the intro to the song ran it’s course, is that she  immediately started with the chorus (or hook, whatever you want to call it), and to me it  seemed a little out of place. “Girls! Who run this mother? Girls!” she shouts in a  boycott-inspired tone. I felt like if the intro sounded like it’s more suitable for a  “Queen of music” to return to the music scene, then she should’ve started with the first  verse since visually after she walks to her royal chair, and sits down, the first thing a  “queen” does is open her mouth and tell you where she’s been, what she’s accomplished, and  guess what? who’s STILL the BOSS. And then, the chorus which would be like bragging rights  and would fit perfectly for a visual, after she tells you what she’s been up to since she’s  been gone, and that she’s getting back to business. Most of all, I like the incredible swag  that came along with the first verse (or whatever you call it), and she should be able to  brag as successful as she has been, and how successful she is now. But like she said  herself, the arrangements to the songs in her upcoming fourth studio album are not going to  be average, or expected, so i guess that’s what threw me off from following the flow of the  song.

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11 Responses to “Beyonce – Run The World (Girls) Song Review”
  • frustrated musician May 4th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Mate, your an idiot. You didn’t even mention the fact that the track is just a rip off/sample of ‘Major Lazer – Pon De Floor’. (i wonder whether Beyonce will acknowledge this on her album)Absolute IGNORANCE! You’re writing music reviews yet don’t even bother to mention that the song was not written (musically) by the artist. The song is crap and has no real musical input from Beyonce herself apart from a bunch of words about woman-power and, less importantly – money and materialism! She didn’t write the music, nor alter it from it’s original form, nor aknowledge the original artist. She’s just making a buck or three of something that was/is popular and something that has already brought in a bunch of cash for someone else. But i guess, who can blame her, she’s only human and it ain’t hard to see that when it comes down to it, we are just a bunch of sheep.

    Crap article, crapper song and as usual in the world of commercialized music, no recognition of the real people behind the scenes doing the real work. But as usual once again, there is never a shortage of wankers who have something to say about something popular because it’s cool.

    Great work mate. Keep it up. Wait, an even better idea, pick up a musical instrument or a microphone, go away and learn some music of some description, then come back and start writing music articles. Who knows, maybe you’ll have something musically appealing, inspiring or constructive to say.

    sorry to offend, but i’m offended by this song. IT IS CRAP.

  • BraveheartXD May 8th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    dear “frustrated musician” aka “crazy mate”, i’m NOT an idiot, i know the rumors and the truth surrounding her name, i was basically trying to be non-biased about reviewing the song. i’m a fan of her but i DON’T like everything she does, and this is one of the many examples of that. so please reserve your moronic comment for someone who is actually an idiot. thank you.

    second of all, i play musical instruments, a piano of which is one, and i also know of some musical history, so whoever you were talking to, it sure as hell wasn’t me. And the last time i checked, my writing is constructive. I guess you assumed that i would – like some say “throw shade” like these internet bloggers, and popular bloggers, instead of being fair. Well, sorry to say, you’re not hoping to find it here. my review was based off of the sound and vibe.

    And NEXT TIME, you storm into someone’s article to leave a no count, and careless comment – DON’T.

  • BraveheartXD May 8th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    *Well, sorry to say, you’re not going to find it here*

    And the mystery about her questionable songwriting is a whole other article to be written. Maybe you should of done the article YOURSELF.

  • obamarocks May 11th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    everybody go to Youtube. Theres a remix of this single produced by this guy name Fyuchur. Its Hot!!! Even her fans love it

  • Maow May 14th, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    I like most of Beyonce’s songs or whatever but I am really not feeling this one. I just do not like it…
    That is all.

  • BraveheartXD May 17th, 2011 at 12:16 am



  • Melissa May 17th, 2011 at 8:19 am

    @frustrated musician,
    Major Lazer (the duo individually known as Diplo & Switch) produced Run The World you IDIOT!! They completely sampled their OWN SONG!!!! So next time do your homework before you go running off at the mouth smh………..
    Heres a tweet from Diplo himself:

  • obamarocks May 22nd, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Everybody go to youtube. Theres a remix of this single produced by this guy name Fyuchur. It

  • candace May 30th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    I like majority of Beyonce’s music. But, this song..I do not like. I was hoping maybe she could have done a ballad as her first single…Or, at least a song with some substance. Girls running the world…Nice thought. But, kinda juvenile for her age?? idk. It’s a lil corny for my taste. Good article tho. :)

  • obamarocks June 12th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Everybody go to Youtube. Theres a remix of this single produced by this guy name Fyuchur. Its Hot!!! Even her fans love it.

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