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
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.