Let me just get this out of the way - "If I Were a Boy" is awful.
Let me just get this out of the way - "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" is amazing.
If these two songs - which I believe are being released a duel A-Side single - are representative of her new album I Am... (ellipses hers) then it looks like it will, yet again, be a mixed bag. Beyonce is becoming famous for this, isn't it? I suppose it's indicitive of her (not quite secret) desire to be the next Diana Ross, a performer who, for her all amazing-ness, released a lot of albums that had several classic songs and a bunch of filler. This problem plagued Dangerously in Love and B'Day.
Nevertheless, if even half the songs on I Am... (ellipses in titles frustrate me so much! So much unnecessary grammar problems!) are as good as "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" then it'll be half an album of amazing tracks. I particularly love the almost mechanical synths in the background of the chorus. Still, that "If I Were a Boy" is pretty dire, isn't it? Who knows what's going on in Beyonceland. I mean, she has said her album is partly inspired by Etta James (whom she portrays in an upcoming movie) and... well... I don't hear any Etta James in these songs.
Nevertheless, even if I Am... (why couldn't she just call it I Am Beyonce or something?) is tripe, we still have albums by Pink(!) Girls Aloud(!) Sugababes(!) Grace Jones(!) and Britney Spears(!) to come within a month of each other and I am more than positive that, at least, the first four of those will be definite "album of the year" contenders.
Here's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)". I never said the video was amazing, did I? Cause it's not. Obviously. This is Beyonce we're talking about - she of completely and utterly useless music videos.