This is actually the 24K Magic
before the 24K Magic
happened. A lot of the songs here scream throwback R&B vibe which is an improvement over the chart-chasing I Am... Sasha Fierce
, but her team probably couldn't get over pop-driven eras of the Gagas and the Rihannas that's why they chose the radio-ready pop singles ("Run the World" and "Best Thing I Never Had") and the dullest songs ("I Was Here" and "1+1" were both recycle bin ready songs) to promote.
Beyoncé probably even thought that the Diane Warren-penned "I Was Here" would become her Adele ballad at the time considering that she did extra promo for that over "End of Time" and the brilliant bonus tracks a year after.