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Beyonce’s First Country Album “Cowboy Carter” Is Here- Critics Call It “Slick, Fun & Adventurous”

Beyonce released her latest album on Friday, March 29, at midnight. It instantly became a sensation among music lovers worldwide. The 27-track album is full of special appearances and nostalgia. Fans are calling it Beyonce’s greatest work to date.


The announcement of Cowboy Carter during a surprise Super Bowl performance on February 11 sparked a wave of excitement among her fans. And she didn’t disappoint. Upon its release, Spotify announced it would secure most first-day streams as a female artist.


Cowboy Carter is Beyonce's eighth studio album. Many believe the songs are a reclamation of the African-American roots of American country music. Two songs on this album, “Spaghetti” and “The Linda Martell Show,” are a direct tribute to country legend Linda Martel, who was the first black woman to play the Grand Old Opry.

We see Linda starting off the song “Spaghetti” with a small conversation with another singer, Shaboozey. She asks, “Genres are a funny little concept, aren’t they?” and the latter replies, “Yes, they are.”


It points out Beyonce’s frustration when she was criticized for trying her foot in country music years back. She wrote in an Instagram post prior to the album’s release, “This album is born out of an experience that I had years ago where I did not feel welcomed." She added, “The criticisms I faced when I first entered this genre forced me to propel past the limitations that were put on me. Act ii is a result of challenging myself and taking my time to bend and blend genres together to create this body of work."


The album also features the covers of Dolly Parton’s 1978 hit “Jolene” and the Beatles' 1968 masterpiece “Blackbird.” Dolly Parton even made a special appearance in Jolene, where she introduced Beyonce, saying, “Hey Honey Bee, it’s Dolly P.”


However, the album is not just about Beyonce. It's a celebration of music and collaboration. Rising country singers Shaboozey, Willie Jones, Brittney Spencer, and Tiera Kennedy all lent their talents to the songs. Kennedy, in a tweet, expressed her disbelief and gratitude, saying, “I cannot believe it. God is so good. I’m on a Beyonce record.”


But the appearance that fans didn’t expect at all was of Miley Cyrus, who also happens to be the granddaughter of Dolly Parton. She shared the screen with Beyonce for the track “II Most Wanted.” Miley also took to social media to express her appreciation for the singer,” Thank you, Beyonce. You’re everything & more. Love you. To everyone who spent time making this song so special, thank you from the bottom of my heart.”


The chartbuster songs are growing well on critics as well. Larisha Paul from The Rolling Stones wrote, “Every piece" of the album was "meticulously thought out," from the track list to the album art.”


With Cowboy Carter, Beyonce again proved her range in music. She is truly a master who doesn’t want to be confined by genres.


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