FIRST LISTEN: Beyonce's eclectic album 4 is much better than its first singles

4, Beyonce's fourth studio album, was apparently inspired by the nine months she spent away from her job, a period of time she spent travelling and soaking up musical influences.

Indeed, she's lined up an impressive array of collaborators on this album, from Odd Future rising star Frank Ocean to UK house producer Switch, to old favourites like Diane Warren and Ryan Tedder.

The first impression most listeners got of the album was the early single Run the World (Girls), ...

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