REVIEW: Beyonce - 'Live At Roseland: Elements Of 4'

REVIEW: Beyonce - 'Live At Roseland: Elements Of 4'

Beyonce is releasing a new DVD, Live At Roseland: Elements of 4 to celebrate her performing four nights at New York's prestigious theatre in August.

Fans of Bey should prepare to see the diva in a whole new light as she bares her soul, showing intimate clips of her personal life - including moments with husband Jay-Z and her growing baby bump.

Bey structured the concert in a way that takes the audience on a journey throughout her career beginning with her Destiny's Child days. Switching between her performances of DC classic hits such as 'No, No, No,' 'Say My Name' and 'Survivor;' to clips of her laughing and joking around with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, it is refreshing to see how normal Bey is when she is around those close to her - and how she values her "sisters."

Once we get to year 2003, Bey begins to tell the ambiguous story of being "so crazy in love" with someone, making for a rare moment in which she declares her love of husband Jay-Z (in a roundabout way).

The most impressive part of the show comes when Bey performs latest album 4 in it's entirety and reminds the audience that she poured her heart and soul into the record. The honest and raw element of 4 shine through Bey's performance as she belts out tracks 'I Care,' 'Miss You' and '1+1.'

Throughout, we are treated to behind-the-scenes clips of Bey singing acapella, her daring side getting matching tattoos with husband Jay-Z and spending time with her family in her much-publicised year off from music.

Shots of her obsessed fans crying and screaming in the audience and scenes of her helping sick children in the cutaway clips are a stark reminder of the impact she has had on music and on people's personal lives.

She may have been pregnant at the time, but Bey was still able to give a show-stopping performance of African-inspired 'End Of Time' before ending on the stunning and heartfelt 'Here I Am.'

The fact that the 30-year-old was pregnant at the time of the shows makes the series of performances even more special, and it is noticeable that she tentatively touches her stomach every time she says the word 'baby' or talks about love.

Live At Roseland is certainly an interesting and thorougly entertaining watch ironically that gives a never-before-seen insight into the real Bey away from the stage and spotlight, while at the same time celebrating her historic career in music. 

The fact that the 30-year-old was pregnant at the time of the shows makes the series of performances even more special, and it is noticeable that she tentatively touches her stomach every time she says the word 'baby' or talks about love.

As Jay famously says, Bey is the "hottest b**ch in the game." And this DVD proves rightly so.

Beyonce performs at the Roseland Ballroom theatre, NYC...

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