Beyonce - I Am...Yours (Columbia Records)

Lisa Norman | Sunday, 20 December 2009

Beyonce - I Am...Yours (Columbia Records)

The vocalist behind the Obamas' first dance at the presidential inauguration is a true force to be reckoned with. Entitled 'I Am…Yours' the double CD features twenty tracks performed at an intimate concert of 1,500 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas in August, 2009.

Tagged as an unplugged opportunity for her fans to get to know her better, Beyonce captivates the audience with tracks from her latest album 'I Am…Sasha Fierce' as well as from past releases 'B'Day' and 'Dangerously In Love'. Performing a number of hits past and present she includes tracks that she has never sung to an audience before.

The majority are performed acoustically and highlight the talent of this incredible vocalist. Tracks include the popular 'Halo', and 'Déjà vu'. Not forgetting her musical roots, she sings a Destiny's Child medley belting out the groups hits 'Bug A Boo', 'Bills, Bills, Bills', 'Bootylicious', 'Survivor' and 'Independent Women'. Rarely letting up on a fast pace, this lady is fantastically awe-inspiring. Backed by an all-female band and orchestra, this exclusive event shows why fans have been captivated by her voice.

'If I Were a Boy' has been exceptionally mixed with Alanis Morrisette's 'You Outta Know' for a spine tingling production. Truly mesmerising, you forget this is a CD as she draws you into the audience, making you feel like one of the lucky 1,500 in the crowd.

Big party hits such as 'Crazy In Love', '03 Bonnie and Clyde' and a saxxed up offering of 'Work It Out' are just brilliant. Finishing off with an electrifying version of 'Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)', it's obvious that Beyonce will be on the music scene for a long time to come. Beautiful ballads and up-tempo hits make this your must have gift for yourself or someone with great music taste.

Rating: 5/5