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Cowboy Carter

Beyoncé

Cowboy Carter

Eighth solo release from the R'n'B / pop superstar is a is a country-inspired album featuring guest appearances from Rumi Carter, Miley Cyrus, Willie Jones, Tiera Kennedy, Linda Martell, Willie Nelson and Post Malone

ADM rating[?]

8.4

Label
Parkwood / Columbia
UK Release date
29/03/2024
US Release date
29/03/2024
  1. 10.0 |   The Independent

    It’s a reminder that country music has always been about “three chords and the truth”. Beyoncé’s truth shines here with the fierce strength of the Texan sun. Cowboy hats off to her
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  2. 10.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Some of Beyoncé’s best vocal work on record, produced flawlessly and at the forefront of each track. Her voice as an instrument is wielded superbly across the entire album but most strikingly at the top of it, as she glides across country and R&B inflections effortlessly
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  3. 10.0 |   NME

    Ms Carter unlocks yet another infinity stone with a heartfelt, expansive take on country music
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  4. 10.0 |   The Observer

    The Texan superstar’s eighth album is a thrilling 27-track journey through and beyond America’s roots music, and it feels like a genuine feast
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  5. 9.6 |   Spectrum Culture

    An astonishingly complex and energetic body of work, with COWBOY CARTER, Beyoncé outdoes herself yet again, delivering a smattering of Southern genres in much need of an intersectional revisiting
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  6. 9.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album is a landmark provocation that dares the country music establishment to look itself in the eye.
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  7. 9.0 |   Albumism

    Rather than a traditional country effort, Cowboy Carter is an intricate pastiche of Americana, roots music, contemporary soul and country that rides well on the wild fusions it lassoes in
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  8. 8.4 |   Beats Per Minute

    She might have brought a whole genre into a new era simply by the power of the spotlight placed on her. It’s her show, and we all can’t help but watch, be mesmerized, and eagerly await Act iii
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  9. 8.4 |   Pitchfork

    The follow-up to Renaissance is a powerful and ambitious country album cast in the singular mold of Beyoncé. She asserts her rightful place in the genre as only a pop star of her incredible talent and influence can do
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  10. 8.2 |   Northern Transmissions

    In her dive into country, Beyoncé reinvents the genre for her own personal entertainment and as a final rebuke to anyone who says she isn’t “Country enough”
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  11. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    An album that delights with variety and invention
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  12. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Clocking in at just under 80 minutes, it takes time to properly digest, a rich 27-course meal that dares one to really let it sit on the tongue
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  13. 8.0 |   The FT

    Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson join the singer’s posse for a record ranging from hoedown to psychedelic rock
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  14. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Straying far beyond its original country concept, the musician’s eighth album straddles the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the blues – and Becky with the Good Hair via Dolly Parton’s Jolene
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  15. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    When it breaks loose, it’s like rain after a thunderstorm
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  16. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    This mix of innovation and tradition – which includes a stunning cover of The Beatles’ Blackbird – takes country music and Americana and creates something exciting and fresh
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  17. 8.0 |   All Music

    While it won’t be able to please everyone, that’s not the point: this is an intensely personal statement about reclamation, belonging, and legacy, celebrating the past with hopes of changing the future. One can only hope Act III finds Bey going full rock
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  18. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    Queen B is back, and countrified
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  19. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    There’s no question that Cowboy Carter is a landmark record. Arguably, an inevitable one. But once the dust of its audacity settles, it misses the mark of a classic
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  20. 5.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    owboy Carter could have been a slam dunk. Unfortunately, the record stands as a bloated mess that doesn’t fully know what it wants to be
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