The Bottom Line
Pop radio largely ignored "Deja Vu" and "Ring the Alarm," the first two singles from Beyonce's bravura second album B'Day. A number of theories have been put forward for reasons for the lack of airplay, but the most plausible is they are 2 of the weakest tracks on B'Day. "Irreplaceable" is one of the strongest. Will pop radio respond?
Watch the "Irreplaceable" video.
- Instantly appealing gorgeous pop melody
- Strong lyrics with an unmistakable point about female resilience
- You'll be singing the "to the left" hook in your head for the rest of the day
- Simple, elegant production
- Vocals at times can grate a bit
- Simple, elegant, pop-oriented production
- Beyonce's slightly histrionic vocals
- Catchy "to the left" chorus
Guide Review - Beyonce - Irreplaceable
"Deja Vu" suffered from being a bit too familiar and a frenetic accompanying video that turned off more than a few fans. "Ring the Alarm," tricked out with sirens and a video of Beyonce conjuring memories of Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct, failed to maintain attention for more than a few listens. However, "Irreplaceable" could change all that.
"Irreplaceable" was co-written by Ne-Yo and produced by StarGate, one of the most potent hitmaking teams of the year. They have collaborated on Ne-Yo's own "So Sick" and Rihanna's "Unfaithful," to name just a pair of successful hits. "Irreplaceable," with its instantly memorable melody and irresisible "to the left" hook should follow in those songs' footsteps.
An element that makes "Irreplaceable" resonate deeper after hearing it multiple times is that the subject matter of female strength and independence is at the core of the entire B'Day enterprise. This song will remind many listeners of concepts central to Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale which remains a cultural touchstone 14 years after its release. Look for "Irreplaceable" to help Beyonce regain her pop momentum just in time for her end of the year starring role in the film version of Dreamgirls.