I Am… Sasha Fierce

~ Release group by Beyoncé

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
I Am... Sasha Fierce 2×CD 6 + 5 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 88697194922 886971949223
I Am... Sasha Fierce (Deluxe Edition) 2×CD 8 + 8 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 88697409802 886974098027
I Am... Sasha Fierce 2×Digital Media 6 + 5 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle)
I Am... Sasha Fierce (Deluxe Edition) 2×Digital Media 8 + 8 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle)
I Am… Sasha Fierce 2×CD 6 + 5 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Music World Music 88697 19492 2 886971949223
I Am… Sasha Fierce (deluxe edition) 2×CD 8 + 8 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Music World Music 88697 40980 2 886974098027
I Am... Sasha Fierce 2×Digital Media 9 + 8 Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Aug 5, 2004 - Oct 1, 2008; do not use if a specific sub-label is available)
I Am... Sasha Fierce CD 20 Music World Music 886975693726
I Am... Sasha Fierce (Platinum Edition) CD 20 Music World Music 88697569372 0886975693726
I Am... Sasha Fierce: The Bonus Tracks Digital Media 3 Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified)
I Am… Sasha Fierce CD 18 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Music World Music 88697 60774 2 886976077426
I Am... Sasha Fierce CD 18 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Music World Music, Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified) 88697 60774 2 886976077426

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Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000801448 [info]
Discogs: http://www.discogs.com/master/41680 [info]
Wikidata: Q147006 [info]
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In a world ruled by downloads perhaps the flow of tracklistings, once pored over for hours by record labels, isn't that important any more. It's certainly not to Beyonce who, on this, her third solo album, has spread 11 songs over two discs in order to create a 'concept'. Double albums usually make us pull an ugly face (Back To Basics, anyone?) but we guess at least this has a point, almost.

Let's explain. For this album Beyonce has split her personality into two. Disc 1, labelled 'I Am', reveals the 'real' Beyonce behind the makeup, baring her soul with insecurities about love. The simple, If I Were A Boy, is ably joined by the very strange, but wonderful Ave Maria and Ryan Tedder's Bleeding Love-lite, Halo. Unfortunately when faced with six ballads in a row, you might find yourself dropping off into a deep slumber, no matter how good they are.

You'll wake up sharpish though when it's time for disc 2, as Beyonce is gone, replaced by the hilariously monikered Sasha Fierce. Sasha is B's on-stage personality and the hair flicking, stiletto strutting beats of Diva with it's dictionary defining ''diva is the female version of a hustler'' prove it. Yet though the electro pounding of Sweet Dreams or the wild Radio might be standouts here, there's nothing that announces Beyonce's experimental side like the raging Ring The Alarm from B'Day

An attempt no doubt for credibility and importance, I Am ... Sasha Fierce ultimately falls short of this goal. In a world where Rihanna seems to have released hit after hit, Beyonce, although the superior on-stage performer, needs to come back with something stronger than this if she wants to steal her sparkly crown back off the young pretender.