Beyonce's Odes to Joy

Restored and ready, the singer writes love songs to her life on 4

Beyoncé: More than happy to run the world
Elka von Unwerth
Beyoncé: More than happy to run the world

But then she's a tricky one; a few gasps before she assumes de facto world domination, she talks about her place on earth in the most uncertain of terms: "I Was Here" finds her longing to "leave my mark so everyone will know I was here," as if she hadn't already accomplished that a decade ago. The way her voice gnaws at this song till it bleeds might make you wonder if her joy comes from within or if it's dependent on approval from without. But this question only comes up in the fleeting moments that her joy isn't overwhelming your senses, rendering the distinction irrelevant.

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