Snap Judgment: The new Beyonce/Jay-Z single, "Deja Vu"

10128__beyonce_l The new Beyonce leaketh! (It’s a radio dub, so prepare for mild static.) It’s called "Deja Vu"! And it’s… serviceable! Mediocre even! Horn flashes a la "Crazy in Love"! Beats a la… everything! And Jay-Z’s contributions flow nicely, but don’t really stick to the song’s Teflon surface.

But, admittedly, I am hardly the target audience. Wish Slezak were here. I’d love to see the look on his face, what with his Dreamgirls condition.

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  • Gretchen Weiners

    Local Boston radio just played this – it’s HOT! Slezak is gonna pop a blood vessel!

  • Thad

    HOT!! hOT! HOTT!! Finally a hot summer single. Christina’s OK, Outkast OK, BUT WE HAVE A HOTT ONE HERE!!!

  • Stephanie

    I already love it.

  • blova!

    great track, cant wait for the album…holla @tcha b!

  • Fatima

    wow you guys are right with me. I posted a better link to the song last night on the early oscar prediction thread last night. the quality here is much better. you can also find a nelly furtado cover of gnarls barkley

    http://www.beautynthebeat.blogspot.com/

    it’s no crazy in love, but its already growing on me. To be honest, I kinda quit taking you guys seriously after you gave that crap Christina song an A in your magazine.

  • C

    It’s cute. I’m not crazy over it yet. I may need a few more listens. I do love Jay-Z and his rap was the best part for me. Thanks for the info Scott!

  • jon

    I agree with Scott. Upon the first (and second and third) listen, I was immediately transported to 1991 when this song could have easily been recorded by, um, Jody Watley, Vanessa Williams, CeCe Peniston or Patti LaBelle. They’re all fine artists, however even they would say this sounds dated and would prolly just keep it on the album but not make it a single. It’s so dated that even Jay-Z can’t bring it into the new millenium and why is she literally screaming toward the end. I love Beyonce and eagerly look forward to “Dreamgirls” however I’m good without hearing this… alright, Janet, whaddagot?
    p.s. Christina’s song is weak too. Get over it. It’s weak!

  • dma69

    It’s okay, but it’s no Crazy in Love. Now Crazy by Gnarls Barlkey, however, THAT’S a summer song.

  • Ed

    I too agree that Christina’s new song is weak weak weak! Haven’t heard it debuted at the local gay club – THAT’S A BAD SIGN! It’s not danceable, nor is it divaish.
    How long until the remix version comes out!

  • Paul Ketz

    I hate this song – just heard it on B96 in Chicago. It is not melodic at all. The best part of the song is when Jay-Z raps.
    Christina’s song is hot. We love it here in Chicago. They are playing it like crazy!

  • Anthony Williams

    I don’t know what y’all heard, but I heard another “Crazy in Love”! I mean, it might not be as big, cause “CiL” was her debut, but I think it’s tight and catchy.
    I also love Christina’s song, I really don’t know what y’all don’t like about the songs. Ah well, to each their own. Gnarls Barkeley has an Outkast feel, and not everybody likes that kinda stuff. I see the summer songs being Christina’s, Beyonce’s and Nelly Furtado’s.

  • dmac

    Beyonce single is going to go to the top of the charts, as well as her album. Becuz well she’s Beyonce. I do feel that this single is much like “Its like that” was for Mariah Carey’s album. It led to a much better second single “We Belong Together”. It doesnt always take a killer first sinle for an established artist. The second and third single is where they can really pick up steam. This song is good enough to get people listening to her and eager about her Album. Then booms he will release the killer second single alllegedly “Ring the Alarm” And all hell will break loosse. Similiar to how the world shifted on its axis when “We Belong Together” Dropped. It may need to grow on some people. But thats how “Crazy In Love” was. Many people hated that song initially but it had growing power. So dont count Beyonce out just now. I like the song though. Christina’s song is good too. But its true Gnarles Barkley and Nelly Furtado have all but sealed off the summer anthem competition.

  • Dee

    Bey should give it a break. I know why she is popular but it would nice if she takes a long break and put out something more original. I use to love early days with Destiny Childs.

  • Prince

    Its really all on Janet now….

  • Rishi

    She suck
    she can’t sing even if her life depended on it, its all technology in that voice

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