4: The Remix

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4: The Remix
EP by
ReleasedApril 23, 2012
Recorded2009–2011
Genre
Length36:51
Label
Producer
Beyoncé chronology
'4
(2011)
4: The Remix 'Beyoncé
(2013)

4: The Remix is an extended play (EP) by American R&B singer Beyoncé. It was released through Columbia Records on April 23, 2012. Before the release of the EP, Beyoncé organised a remix competition for her then-upcoming single "End of Time". The remix was chosen by a judging panel. The winner of the contest was Radzimir "Jimek" Dębski. 4 is a megapop album with a number of A-list guest stars.[1] The guests include Kanye West and André 3000.[1] Writers and producers include Rodney Jerkins, Tricky Stewart, Frank Ocean, Diplo and Switch.[2]

Reviews[change | change source]

Metacritic gave "4" a generally positive 73 score.[3] The New York Times pointed out that other recording artists could have released some of these songs.[4] "Most of '4,' though, no one else could get away with, or would even want to try."[4] Chris Richards of The Washington Post wrote "It’s also her fourth-best album, as in her worst."[5] The album is "heavy on ballads and midtempo tracks" according to Chicago Tribune critic Greg Kot.[6]

Track listing[change | change source]

No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "Run the World (Girls)" (Dave Audé Club Remix)Terius Nash, Beyoncé Knowles, Wesley Pentz, David Taylor, Adidja Palmer, Nick van de WallDavid Taylor, Terius Nash, Beyoncé Knowles*, S. Taylor* (remix and additional production by Dave Audé) 8:32
2. "Countdown" (Isa Machine Remix)Nash, Shea Taylor, Knowles, Ester Dean, Cainon Lamb, Julie Frost, Michael Bivins, Nathan Morris, Wanya MorrisKnowles, S. Taylor, Lamb (remix and additional production by Isabella Summers) 3:30
3. "Best Thing I Never Had" (Lars B Remix)Antonio Dixon; Kenneth Edmonds; Larry Griffin, Jr.; Knowles; Caleb McCampbell; Patrick Smith; S. TaylorKnowles, Babyface, Dixon, S. Taylor, S1 & Caleb (remix and additional production by Lars B) 7:10
4. "Love on Top" (DJ Escape & Tony Coluccio Remix)Knowles, Nash, S. TaylorKnowles, S. Taylor (remix and additional production by DJ Escape and Tony Coluccio) 8:06
5. "End of Time" (WAWA Extended)Knowles, Dave Taylor, S. Taylor, NashKnowles, The-Dream, Switch, Diplo (remix and additional production by WAWA) 5:35
6. "End of Time" (JIMEK Remix)Knowles, D. Taylor, S. Taylor, NashKnowles, The-Dream, Switch, Diplo (remix and additional production by Radzimir "Jimek" Dębski) 3:55
Total length:
36:51

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Jody Rosen (28 June 2011). "4". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  2. Alexis Petridis (23 June 2011). "Beyoncé: 4 - review". Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  3. "4 by Beyonce". Metacritic. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 John Caramanica (27 June 2011). "A Farewell (for Now) to Old Selves". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  5. Chris Richards (27 June 2011). "Album review: '4' by Beyonce". The Washington Post. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  6. Greg Kot (24 June 2011). "Beyonce, '4': 2.5 stars (out of 4)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 20 August 2015.