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Beyonce show is a pop dream
Venue/Date: Madison Square Garden Arena (New York, NY)
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August 4th, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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Romance as a Struggle That She Will Win

Published: August 6, 2007

Beyoncé walked onstage at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, made a quick commanding gesture, and sparks rained down. Her band kicked into the funk beat of “Crazy in Love,” and she started to sing and dance, alternating stop-motion angular poses and serpentine shimmies, switching between robot and seductress. Her face was angry and exultant; she belted the song with bright swoops and vehement rasps. Like many of Beyoncé’s songs, “Crazy in Love” treats romance as a power struggle, and it’s hard to imagine her not winning in the end.

She’s the woman with everything: the voice, the moves, the songs, the ideas and the clothes. Her two-hour set was a brilliant pop extravaganza that kept the songs at its center.

Beyoncé needs no distractions from her singing, which can be airy or brassy, tearful or vicious, rapid-fire with staccato syllables or sustained in curlicued melismas. But she was in constant motion, strutting in costumes (most of them silvery), from miniskirts to formal dresses, flesh-toned bodysuit to bikini to negligee.

The wardrobe entices men, but it’s also a means of self-assertion. “Stop, I ain’t ready yet — wait, let me fix my hair,” she chanted to the beat in the introduction to “Freakum Dress,” a hard-rock song about every woman’s most seductive outfit. Desire is her ally, yet also, in some songs, her undoing; men inexplicably will mess up a good thing. And while Beyoncé can coo when she wants to, what makes her songs memorable is a streak of rage that’s perfectly groomed but unmistakable. Her second solo album, “B’Day” (Columbia), grows downright furious in songs like “Ring the Alarm” and “Green Light.”
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