Beyoncé’s epic ‘Cowboy Carter’ album ‘redefines country music’ unanimously praised

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Fans and critics alike are raving about “Cowboy Carter,” a rhinestone-studded, history-packed album from Beyoncé that’s surging up the charts following Friday’s highly anticipated release.

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A rowdy, sweeping tribute to his Southern heritage, the 27-track second act to his “Renaissance” trilogy is a genre-bending triumph that celebrates black country culture.

The critic for the entertainment trade publication Variety wrote, “Nobody will mistake this huge set for always following a straight path or having remotely a dull moment.”

“It’s almost as if Beyoncé was looking at some of the evolutionary leaps and hiccups that the country is experiencing while redefining its boundaries — as it always does in music — and said, ‘Hold on to my Armand de Brignac. .I’ve got this.’ ,

“But it’s not just a matter of what Beyoncé can do for country music; it’s a matter of what her concept of country can do for her, in expanding her musical empire and even That in expansion of his already well-honed sense of self. That’s a lot.”

It’s too early to say where “Cowboy Carter” and its massive tracklist will land on the chart, but streaming service Spotify said that as of Friday evening it was the platform’s “most streamed album in a single day so far in 2024.”

The Houston-born 42-year-old pioneered and mastered the surprise online album drop, but for the first two “Renaissance” acts, she turned to a more traditional marketing strategy with promos and deluxe physical editions calculated for purchases. Turned.

His song “Renaissance” reached Billboard’s number one spot upon its release in 2022, and “Cowboy Carter” appears set to repeat.

Add another blockbuster tour like it did for Act I – the “Beyoncé Bump” was blamed for literally raising Sweden’s inflation rate, and bolstered local economies wherever it came to town – and Queen Bey goes straight to the top. -Sea-doo will shore up.

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“Cowboy Carter” is a full-color demonstration of how rich music can evolve outside the dusty confines of the genre.

Beyoncé deftly takes a dig at the critics — Nashville’s gatekeepers have long tried to promote a rigid view of country music that is overwhelmingly white and male — lyrically and acoustically.

She introduces listeners to African American spirituality and the tunes of trailblazing women like collaborator Linda Martel, to a vision of the country’s evolution and its future.

Vice President Kamala Harris, who is Black and South Asian, praised Beyoncé for “reminding us what our lane is, not to feel limited by other people’s visions. You’ve redefined a genre.” And reclaimed the black roots of country music.”

But while it offers a history lesson, “Cowboy Carter” is, at its core, a party.

Amid the chaos, Beyoncé delivers a poignant portrait of motherhood, a celebration of sex and love, and even a revenge fantasy of murder.

He also recruited a mix of young stars – including Miley Cyrus, Post Malone and Tanner Adele – and old guard icons for his revue, including none other than Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton.

“My admiration grows even deeper now that I’ve worked with her,” Cyrus said on social media.

The album features Elder appearing as the radio host of an imaginary broadcast, in which Nelson tells the listener: “Now for this next tune, I want you all to sit back, breathe, and go to that good place where Your mind likes to wander off to.”

And Parton introduces the album on “Jolene”, drawing parallels between her original story of a lover afraid of betrayal with Beyoncé’s personal version of her 2016 track about her husband Jay-Z’s infidelity. Recalls “sorry”.

“Hey, Miss Honey Bee, it’s Dolly P,” Parton yells in her intermission. “You know, the nice hair you sang about reminded me of someone I used to know. Except he’s got shiny locks of gray hair. Bless his heart.”

“Just a different colored hair, but the pain is the same.”

This is followed by “Ya Ya”, a boisterous, psychedelic soul dance mash-up that manages to sample both Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” and The Beach Boys.

And “Sweet Honey Buckin’” – which combines hip-hop and house with strums on loop – is one of the songs that matches the first act of “Renaissance”, which celebrated the black origins and evolution of electronica. Was.

In short, the album is epic, fresh and, potentially, door-opening.

Variety wrote, “With this wildly entertaining project, she has become a crusader for women’s and black pride and a radio darling.”

“Because being Beyoncé means never pretending to be just one thing.”


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