Snap Judgment: Beyoncé's 'Irreplaceable' video

131159__beyonce_lOK, I know Beyoncé’s last single had folks divided into two teams: The "Ring the Alarmists" and the "Where’s the Mute Buttonists." And while my membership in the former clan probably marks me as a raging Beyoncéphile, I defy anyone to listen to B’s latest, "Irreplaceable," and tell me it’s not the most gorgeous single she’s ever released. (I know, it’s a tad disconcerting at first to hear a current pop song with an actual melody, but stick with it; you may find it refreshing!)

The song’s killer hook aside, however, we’re here to discuss the "Irreplaceable" video (streaming here at AOL Music), and I’ve got to say it leaves me with mixed feelings. Beyoncé looks dangerously glam (as always), but to me, there’s an emotional disconnect between her vocals and what’s happening on-screen. What I love about "Irreplaceable" (the song) is the hint of doubt and pain with which Beyoncé delivers lines like "I could have another you in a minute" and "I won’t shed a single tear." Sure, she’s kicking her man to the curb, but it doesn’t mean she’s any less heartbroken. By comparison, the clip for "Irreplaceable" finds B blithely filing her nails and snatching her man’s accessories as he makes a march of shame to a waiting taxi. Where’s the hint of mourning in her icy "to the left, to the left" command? Nonetheless, those closing shots of Beyoncé and her all-girl band have me salivating to hear this number on tour, so all is not lost — not for me, anyway.

What do you think of "Irreplaceable"? Let’s hear your thoughts, PopWatchers; your best efforts to not turn this into a tangential Madonna-vs.-Mariah flame war will be much appreciated.


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  • Paul U.

    I think you are right about the video, it lacks that tinge of sadness that the song does convey. I love, love, love the song though…she sounds to me like she is trying hard to be strong, but it’s false confidence. She is going to fall apart when the song is over.

  • aramis

    MS – wow, a few days behind on this snap judgement.
    I agree as usual. The video (as is the norm with the lovely Queen ‘B’) doesn’t really visually portray the song.
    What’s with the rockin’ out with the band scenes at the end? Uh….Kelly Clarkson, much? There’s like two or three acoustic strums in the entire song, but you see a couple chicks rockin’ out on guitars…you’re like “WTF?” This is a slow hip-pop song.
    Oh well, at least the song is nice. It was one the tracks that immediately stood out to me upon the album’s first listen, post-purchase. At least she gave it the time of day.

  • mikey k

    I’m sorry but I think this song is pretty boring, but I was never a fan of slow Beyonce songs. The video is nothing special either. I wish we could replace “Irreplaceable” on the radio with “Get Me Bodied.”

  • kiley

    i don’t know what you guys are talking about. this song is terrible. it has melody? uh, are you sure? this song sucks so bad it might as well be a chubacabra.

  • Martha

    Great song – it’s now on my iTunes purchase list. I don’t get that disconnect between song and video, though – maybe if I had heard the song first before seeing it…

  • khia213

    I don’t see the disconnect. It’s similiar in tone to “Indepedent Woman” and “Pay My Bills.” It’s the “I can do for self and don’t need you” vibe. Works for me.

  • Ed

    Michael, love the last request, haha!
    I’m not a fan of this Beyonce because she appears to be rushing this album; she wants to get this obligation to contract out of the way so she can focus in on Dreamgirls.
    I finally saw the preview for Dreamgirls and Beyonce is going to be trampled, LOL!
    I’m sure by the time this movie is over and done with B will be adopting in Africa next, she did go with the Jigga man, didn’t she?
    P.S Madge is still the best!

  • aramis

    OMG…i totally didn’t even read that last line on this entry. LOL.
    Uh, I’m in the neutral zone on that arguement. I love BOTH women and purchase their stuff equally (meaning I have everything either one of them releases).
    I guess if I had to choose with a gun to my head…erhm, TeamMariah.

  • Mahsh

    this vid could have been a lot better.
    the girl-empowerment, counterbalance to hip hop braggin make sense from an ego and marketing standpoint, but artistically I think they could have run with the pathos a little more. An embittered ‘empowerment’ with moments of reflective sadness, some tears, memories, then a strident call to self-empowerement… methinks it would connect more emotionally with the audience and certainly would be appropriate for the slightly melancholy song.
    …they could still follow up with the girlband at the end to lightent the mood.

  • cj

    dude, mahsh what the heck are you saying?

  • Thad

    Great song, not so good video. And how many times does she touch her hair? I stopped counting. By far the best single of her career.

  • Joyce

    This is one of the 3 songs on this album that I like; they just happen to follow each other. Green light, irreplaceable and resentment. I was hoping for a better video but it’s much better than the previous two so I’ll settle for this one.

  • Paul

    It’s the first song by Beyonce that I didn’t hate.
    Not saying I like it though. But for a Beyonce song, it’s not bad.
    It’s no Mariah…sorry, I had to say it!

  • beb

    I’m not a huge fan of the video — there are so many emotions to capture in this song…sadness, anger, empowerment. If I were the director, I would’ve started with her looking at old photos or a home movie of the two of them together…she’s sad, but then realizes what a jerk he is. At the bridge, she gets up and starts packing a box of his stuff. She rips up a picture of them and sticks it in there for good measure. Finally, at the end, he shows up and she hands him the box.
    But that’s just me…
    Aside from that, I love this song.

  • Ellipsian

    I gave up trying to deny Beyonce long ago. And although I think her albums both with and without Team Destiny are stuffed with way too much filler, and although mikey k and I both are not usually fans of slow Beyonce, I dig this record. Good follow-up choice for “Ring the Alarm”, which was just plain FIERCE.

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