4 is on its way and the songs keep on coming. The latest to be revealed off Beyonce’s album is “1+1.” The ballad is somewhat late 80’s Minneapolis in its construction and minimal enough on the verses to allow Bey to air out the pipes. Her delivery is very raw, making this song more about feeling than hearing. You may not enjoy every single note, but there is something in her vocal missteps that adds to the sincerity of the track.
The love song opens with a simple guitar, joined shortly by a peek-a-boo bassline and organ. Digital twinkles, a piano and some dramatic synth are welcomed only to make a hasty exit. The track builds slowly. Verse two hosts some digital cymbal washes, electro strings, stabs and a snare, but all of those elements serve as garnish. The electric guitar solo at the end is about the only substantive sound short of the arpeggio that holds the foundation together. It’s really a beautiful track.
Beyonce sings, and at times wails, about the one man who keeps her going even when the light is dim. There’s much going on in the world that doesn’t sit well with her, but she knows as long as he’s around, the ills don’t seem so bad. His touch remedies almost everything and she needs it like air.
Okay, this isn’t for Bitter Bettys or Pimpin Peters, but if you’re known to get a little mushy, this is a nice piece of music to get all mushy to. “1+1” = 2, so round up that special someone and let Beyonce serenade you.Beyonce-1-plus-1.mp3
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