B'Day Deluxe Edition
Beyonce's impeccably produced sophomore release gets a facelift and a clutch of extra tracks, and sees her reaching out to the Latin community for the first time. The diva does well in Spanish: she sounds confident and emotive on "Irreemplazable" (and its engaging sister Nortena mix), while her re-working of the minor Dreamgirls ballad "Listen" as "Oye" delivers as well. But the real winner is the mutual-crossover Shakira duet "Beautiful Liar": the girl can now sass in two languages. Also be sure to check out the Rhapsody Exclusive, "First Time." Naughty!