Beyoncé‘s upcoming album 4 is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated releases of the summer—even if its first single “Run the World (Girls)” didn’t have the kind of superstar impact Mrs. Carter is used to (it was at number 50 on last week’s Billboard Hot 100, and hasn’t reached higher than 33).
Now comes “Best I Never Had,” which just debuted this morning and sounds a lot more like a traditional Queen B hit. Crank it up here:
Borrowing from jams like “Irreplaceable” (not to mention a bit of Celine Dion’s “That’s The Way It Is” and, weirdly, Bruce Hornsby’s “The Way It Is”), “Best I Never Had” finds Beyoncé mining the same kind of girl-power imagery as she did on “Run the World (Girls).”
But there’s something more direct and honest about the lyrics on the new single (perhaps it’s the instant greatness of the line, “When I think of the time I almost loved you/ You showed your ass and I saw the real you”).
“Best Thing I Never Had” feels like the kind of crossover hit that will help 4 join the rest of Beyoncé’s discography in multiplatinum land.
But what do you think? Does it sound too much like a sequel to other tracks? Is it better or worse than “Run the World (Girls)”? Let us know in the comments below.
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