Beyonce Attempts To “Start Over” In New ’4′ Track

Beyonce’s 4 found its way to the interwebs three weeks early, which puts her in the same camp as Britney Spears and Lady Gaga when their new discs were presented to the world much earlier than their release date. The 12-track album is certainly ballad heavy, starting with the emotional torch song “1+1″, eventually working its way to the manic panic of “Run The World (Girls)”. Somewhere in the middle of this spectrum is a love song called “Start Over”, which you can hear below.

The song begins with warbly, lighthearted drum beats, and Bey, who is most comfortable either reaffirming her individuality or expressing her love for a man, sticks to the latter in this midtempo jam, as she attempts to start a relationship all over again.

Beyonce – “Start Over”

 “Maybe it’s over, maybe we’re through, but I honestly can say I still love you,” sings Beyonce. “Maybe we reached a mountain peak and there’s no more left to climb / and maybe we lost a magic piece and we’re too blind to find / Let’s start over.”

This song, though, elevated by Beyonce’s gorgeous vocals, is fairly paint-by-numbers — say what you will about “Run The World (Girls)”, but it’s certainly got personality. What’s missing from “Start Over”, and a handful of other tracks on 4, is that they could have been recorded by anyone and ended with similar results. In our opinion, what she needed to do this time around is procure more polarizing songs and take bigger risks — at least then half of her fans would love it, as opposed to her entire fanbase shrugging at everything they hear.

If you did your iHunting and got your virtual paws on Bey’s latest, tell us — are you loving 4 till the end of time, or do you wish she would just start over?

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  • Snapkins

    want… love… need…

  • http://www.madetobenow.com aRttHh

    It’s a shame the album leaked but one thing that needs to be VERY clear is that Lady Gaga’s album leaked less than one week before the release date not almost a whole month! What’s wrong with musicians security nowadays? Anyways, sadly I think the album is not gonna do so well on the charts and even on tour I cannot imagine it… It’s like Beyoncé forget she can dance and suddenly realized she has a gorgeous voice but, in my opinion, overused it and not in a good way. From 4 I only like 3-4 tracks and I think that’s not a good thing considering the fact I loved all of the songs on her past album…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dustin-Farmer/1013640012 Dustin Farmer

    I completely agree. She recorded some “cookie cutter” songs this go around. There are a handful of tracks that have some originality… but the rest are just fluff. That’s my opinion anyway. That being said, she sings her ass off even in the fluff. Sounds like she’s been experimenting with her vocals since her last album. It’s good, just not what we expected I think.

  • Xadax

    I knew it from the very beginning that Beyonce did not evolve at all. From “Dangerously” to “4″ – all the same, no matter what she says on the media about her changing – its not equal to what she’s doing – like her copycat friend Not Madonna este Lady Gaga.

  • Why

    Marriage made her boring. She got all her Sasha Fierce out on the honeymoon.

    Dammit Jay!!!!

  • Kristy

    “they could have been recorded by anyone and ended with similar results. ”
    Your review become null and void after you said this. Nobody can deliver those vocals. Nobody can come up with those perfect harmonies and ad lips.
    And this is just my opinion but risk taking is making an album heavily inspired by the previous eras in music in a music age where the only thing that sells is generic europop.
    Boohoo at all the people who thought she was gonna follow trends and make euro pop music like the rest of them.
    This album was a huge risk for her. It will open doors for her but will definitely close a few. And she seems to be taking more risks by not promoting it at all.

  • Xadax

    @Kristy she is following trends & making electronic music.

  • MrRadio

    @Xadax Actually Kristy is right. She’s NOT following the trends or making electro music. How dare you even say that. The stuff on this album doesnt sound like ANYTHING else out there right now. It may not be “radio-friendly” or w/e that BS is because it’s not mindless Rihanna & Kesha DRIBBLE!! And hello…she’s one of the few pop artists today THAT CAN ACTUALLY SING. Have a seat..THANKS! :)

  • MrRadio

    And I’m gonna be fair. I’ve heard the whole album and I would say that I want like 2 more bangers like “Countdown” & “End of Time” on the album. Maybe the deluxe edition we’re waiting on will have them..hopefully! =D
    But the songs that are there are ALL good songs! She sang them down! All REAL musicians would agree. I think she definitely took the risks! Just werent the risks you were expecting. She’s standing out from the crowd and the dribble AND TRYING SOMETHING DIFFERENT. RESPECT BEY!! RESPECT!

  • Kristy

    uh…Have you listened to the album. There is none electronic song.

    Anyway I just listened to the 1+1 demo by The Dream and started laughing at ” they could have been recorded by anyone and ended with similar results.” all over again.

  • Xadax

    @Kristy @Mr.Radio are you deaf not to hear any electronic elements of the album?! Delusional! It doesn’t sound like anything on the radio right now? Really? Don’t think so. Not radio friendly? Just because Run The World was not performing well doesn’t mean its not intentionally to be a commercialized bubblegum pop song = radio friendly songs. Sucks to be you right now.

  • Vocalist

    Loved this song!! I can’t wait to buy this album….so many amazing songs!

    And I too have to LOL at whoever said that anyone could sing these songs with the same results—have you lost your mind? LMAO!! No one in the industry out now is TOUCHING those vocals on the songs I have heard–Beyonce does things to these songs that the other girls can only dream of doing!

    Beyonce HAS my dollars for this CD right now–FULL PRICE!!

  • tamia rae

    start over!

  • MrRadio

    @Xadax first of all, a hater like yourself has no right to quote Queen Bey’s songs. You can have a seat in the corner for that. And CLEARLY, you’ve been oblivious to the whole fact that the MAJORITY of her album has been utilizing LIVE INSTRUMENTS. Run The World is prolly the only “electronically-based” song….and that was built off a sample! Everything else, she incorporates more live instruments rather than Techno/Synthesized stuff. YOU’RE DEAF IF U CANT HEAR THAT. Plz dont try me. U dont wanna go there. #Round4

  • SpazeDevize

    Wonder if the electronic tracks were taken out because they didn’t work for the execs? Not feeling the way she pushes her voice out too hard. Doesn’t sound too good. Boring so far….

  • SpazeDevize

    Oh, the cover looks trashy as hell also. Kesha meets Britneyish…

  • supermariah

    Her album did not evolve..BORING..ZZZZZZZZZZzzz

  • Jaycers

    Xadax, you’ve made it very clear you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    I haven’t heard one electronic-sounding track from the album list yet; I think you’re just a Beyoncé hater and will dish out any insult you can about her. If she hasn’t evolved, why is she still on top?

    She’s going for a classier and original approach, which is respectable. I agree the songs are not what we all want them to be, but I don’t think Beyoncé cares about that right now. Her career is already established and she doesn’t need #1 hits. This album so far definitely shows growth, in my opinion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Orane-Carty/28127371 Orane Carty

    The woman is like 30 years old. Do you all still expect her to be singing about freakum dresses? Relax and enjoy the damn songs. As someone said, 4 is the album an artist makes when she no longer has to prove that she’s a chart success. Beyonce doesn’t need another #1, and unlike Lady Gaga, doesn’t need to sell 1 million copies in a week (although she had major help from Amazon, but that’s another story). The album represents a good place in her life so far. The songs are mellow, the beats are understated, and her vocals take centre stage. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Xadax

    MR.Radio both of you said that it doesn’t have any electronic elements. I didn’t said there were no live intstruments (duh). Who’s deaf now? Sucks to be you right now.

  • Gareth

    Wow this is Like Bey at the next peak its new its fresh and it gives me goosepimples I love this tune!!!

  • DCMusic

    Currently laughing @Xadax and how pathetic u are. Did u even read back your last comment to think about how stupid u just sounded? Remove yourself from all of Beyonce’s pages and stop making a fool of yourself. It’s too funny!! “To the left” you goooo!! #round4
    Ewww… who let @supermariah in here?! Take @Xadax with you! We dont have time for Bey haters. Both mad cuz Bey’s the #1 DIVA IN THE GAME!!

  • IAMHERE

    @supermariah PLEASE!! we dont need to go on YOUR FAVE’S last effort. Beyonce’s “4″ knocks that TRASH out the park! Bey hit the homerun on this one! You wanna talk about “evolving”?? Bey is continuously evolving and bring different things to her table! Your fave aint “Evolved” since before “Glitter”. GTFOH!

  • Kitty

    omggg!! i wanna her band & her do this LIVE!! I’M SO EXCITED!!

    and idk what YOU’RE talking about @SpazeDevize that cover is HOT!!! ALL BEY! ALL DAY!!

  • KamiWami

    How can this be called “cookie cutter”? The crap that’s on the radio now??? THAT’S COOKIE CUTTER. EVERYBODY’S songs sound the EXACT SAME! From Britney to Rihanna to Pitbull to JLo to…EVERYBODY! THAT’S what u should be calling “cookie cutter”. They have a 4/4 booming techno bass with like 2 synths in each song. All with hooks of partying on the floor. Big whoop! I applaud Bey being different this go round! Ground breaking stuff i tell ya!

  • ForDustinFarmer

    @Dustin There’s absolutely nothing cookie cutter about ANY of the songs on this album. All original. All amazing. All impeccably executed. The REST of the pop ppl cant pull these kinds of songs off. Thats why hers are seperate from the rest..AND BETTER. “Fluff?” Blasphemy I tell you.
    Round IV!!!!!!

  • Jaycers

    I wouldn’t call everything on the radio “crap,” but most of it is electronic and techno…

    Beyoncé is one of the only ones right now who barely uses autotune and sings out her lungs for her music. If that’s not enough to respect Beyoncé, then you’re just a hater.

    Xadax, its very clear that you’re an ignorant adolescent with a very stupid opinion… LOL.
    If you’re gonna come back with any insults, come up with a LEGIT one please, cause none of the ones you gave on here make any sense. Just get off this post, cause you lost, child.

  • Diamond

    Well got chills at the end when she hit that very high chest register note. Wow, this woman can sang. I don’t know about the song yet. I’m stuck on love on top, 1+1 and countdown right now. Rtw is pretty awesome too even tho it’s just another pop repetitive song.

  • Diamond

    Orane Carty is absolutely right. To bad a lot of ppl don’t look at it from that standpoint.

  • Troy

    I don’t know why people are so surprised that this hags cd sucks. beYAWNcy has never been any good at performing songs, her voice is aggressive and angry, she’s copied almost every artist dead or alive and always claims, when she’s caught that she was inspired. It’s okay to be inspired by one or two artist, but is everyone an inspiration to your mixed up, crazy ass. I like to see people eat crow, especially her zombie fans who think this pole dancer is some kind of Goddess, when she’s not. They praise her daily claiming she can do no wrong and that this cd would be epic. How could anything be epic when her past cds where mediocre and she had to rerelease them all in order for them

  • Troy

    I don’t know why people are so surprised that this hags cd sucks. beYAWNcy has never been any good at performing songs, her voice is aggressive and angry, she’s copied almost every artist dead or alive and always claims, when she’s caught that she was inspired. It’s okay to be inspired by one or two artist, but is everyone an inspiration to your mixed up, crazy ass. I like to see people eat crow, especially her zombie fans who think this pole dancer is some kind of Goddess, when she’s not. They praise her daily claiming she can do no wrong and that this cd would be epic. How could anything be epic when her past cds where mediocre and she had to rerelease them all in order for them to sell. Plus the attention whore had to tour extensively to recoup the money lost on rereleasing those cd’s. She’s not an R&B singer, she’s not a Pop singer, I have no idea what she is, and she doesn’t know who she is. She’s fake, a copy cat, a liar, a cheat, just like her daddy and momma taught her to be. If it were not for Matt Knowles, that chic would’ve been looking for a record labels years ago. There is nothing monumental about her music, as Epic CD’s from Janet Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Tina Turner, Santana and others. Her music is mediocre, boring, adolescent, especially for a woman her age, and we all know she’s older that 29, but I digress, because everything about this woman is fake. Even artist who have surpassed this Tramp and who are way more talented than beYAWNcy will ever be, have lost their popularity, so it’s no surprise that it’s going to happen to this trick. Michael Jackson, the biggest Pop and R&B singer lost his popularity, Janet Jackson, the biggest Pop & R&B artist lost her popularity so what makes beYAWNcy fans thinks she’ll be around any longer. She needs to go have some babies before those corroded eggs become useless and she’ll have to adopt Solanges son, something I think she’s already done since she’s always got him. beYAWNcy needs to take her Halo and Go!!!

  • BeyDay

    Whoever this @Troy kid is..i guess we should pray that God has mercy on your soul. Because everything you said was pure blasphemy!!! And PATHETIC! Im not about to take the time to tell you how AWESOME Beyonce is! How she’s the #1 DIVA IN THE GAME! And how the music industry bows down to her! She’s the queen and you’re pathetic behind just cant take it. So you choose to make up lies & BS that NO ONE CARES ABOUT. You have a nice day :) SUCKS TO BE YOU RIGHT NOW!

  • asdfmatthew

    I just wanna say one thing after looking at all of the reviews…. this is NOT sasha fierce pt. 2, this is Beyonce’s 4th album. if she came out with the same thing over and over that’d be boring. She’s already done that over and over again, it’s time to hear something new from B… which is this entire album. Live vocals, instruments, synth beats… i’m in love, for the fourth time. ;))

  • JDnATL

    First, all the comments are hilarious. But I agree with the reviewer in that I really just don’t care about this album. I’m a fan and there’s enough on” 4” to like it if you want (or hate), but nothing really moves you (excluding “I was here”, it’s kind of interesting). But “Party” is fine, “Countdown” and “Best Thing” are okay. But in such a brief set, I’d like something to grab me. There’s not a song that I must hear. And after the hoopla dies down and I need space on my iPad/iPod, maybe 3 songs will remain from this album. And for an artist in her prime, that’s unfortunate.

    As for the copycat allegations, there’s enough documentation on YouTube to address that. But what I will say is that I LOVED her Billboard performance and it aided in my attempt to like Run The World (Girls). So it was REALLY disappointing to see the glaring similarities to the 2010 Lorella Cuccarini’s performance. I really wanted more from her.

  • obamarocks

    Everybody go to Youtube. Beyonce and Nicky Minaj are on a rermix of her leading single Run the World Girls together. This guy name Fyuchur produced it. Its Hot!! Both of their fans love it