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  • Summary: The Lion King-inspired album was executive-produced by Beyoncé and features 070 Shake, Yemi Alade, Burna Boy, Busiswa, Blue Ivy Carter, Childish Gambino, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Mr. Eazi, Nija, Pharrell, Jessie Reyez, Salatiel, Moonchild Sanelly, St. Jhn, Tekno, Shatta Wale, Tierra Whack, andThe Lion King-inspired album was executive-produced by Beyoncé and features 070 Shake, Yemi Alade, Burna Boy, Busiswa, Blue Ivy Carter, Childish Gambino, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Mr. Eazi, Nija, Pharrell, Jessie Reyez, Salatiel, Moonchild Sanelly, St. Jhn, Tekno, Shatta Wale, Tierra Whack, and Wiz Kid. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jul 24, 2019
    90
    Beyoncé joins their ranks [Paul Simon, David Byrne, Peter Gabriel, Carlos Santana] soulfully and attentively, seeking full-fledged fusions. She mixes (apparently) personal thoughts and archetypal ones; she savors musical hybrids and rhythmic challenges; and she digs in to every line she sings. ... Unlike the movie that occasioned it, “The Lion King: The Gift” is no remake or reiteration, no faraway fable. It tells a story of its own.
  2. Jul 25, 2019
    86
    Overall, it works and is another jewel in her crown — one that she, overall, can be proud to call hers.
  3. Jul 19, 2019
    84
    The album’s warm production washes and anthemic musicality may not have the same avant-garde sway or weird rhythmic kink of its immediate aforementioned predecessors, but what “The Lion King: The Gift” misses in messiness, it makes up for in flavor, heart and grandeur without treacle. Well, not too much treacle.
  4. Jul 23, 2019
    73
    Though not fully comprehensive or that musically far-reaching (due to its prioritization of African genres that have already experienced crossover success), the album still succeeds in introducing a whole new musical universe to the average American listener.
  5. Jul 24, 2019
    70
    Ultimately, The Gift is a deft balancing act that weighs personal songwriting flourishes and meaning with Disneycore tropes, as well as a sincere desire to celebrate the music of the African diaspora with its fundamentally commercial obligations.
  6. Jul 23, 2019
    70
    Not every track is as strong as ‘Black Skin Girls’. ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ showcases what Beyoncé can do at her best and most creative, yet consistency is an issue with this eclectic album.
  7. Jul 19, 2019
    60
    The guest spots occasionally overshadow the star. The Beyoncé-led tracks are of distinctly variable quality. For every song as good as the brilliant Black Skin Girl or Mood 4 Eva, there is something underwhelming. ... It’s an album, then, that ably displays her excellent taste, rather than a great Beyoncé album per se.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 462
  1. Jul 19, 2019
    10
    Álbum maravilhoso, super conceitual. Melhor álbum de todos os tempos. Beyoncé trabalhou muito pra nos trazer essa obra prima.
  2. Jul 19, 2019
    10
    A Melting pot , an amazing shoutout to Africa. These artists made us travel from nigeria, ghana passing through Mali, Colombia, south africaA Melting pot , an amazing shoutout to Africa. These artists made us travel from nigeria, ghana passing through Mali, Colombia, south africa and then landing in Cameroon. Beyoncé has a amazing ears. She proved once again that she deserves the title of « First lady of music » - Clive Davis Expand
  3. Jul 19, 2019
    10
    Beyoncé cada dia provando porque com 30 anos de carreira segue para se tornar uma das maiores lendas do mundo da música.
  4. Jul 19, 2019
    10
    An album full of references, exalting the black culture and everything it represents! Thanks Beyoncé for making me and my black friends haveAn album full of references, exalting the black culture and everything it represents! Thanks Beyoncé for making me and my black friends have visibility! The art needs to be seen and used as a visibility platform, Beyoncé does it perfectly with The Gift Album. Expand
  5. Jul 22, 2019
    10
    Beyoncé é a maior artista da atualidade. Eu não esperava menos do que a perfeição pra esse álbum. Tudo que essa mulher toca vira ouro
  6. Aug 11, 2019
    10
    O álbum uma obra de arte africana. Incrível a cultura expressa nela e conhecendo cada artista desse continente
  7. Jul 19, 2019
    0
    One of the worst albums of all time. Beyonce keeps doing the same generic, pretentious and predictible album over and over. Lifeless andOne of the worst albums of all time. Beyonce keeps doing the same generic, pretentious and predictible album over and over. Lifeless and souless as usual. All the songs are trash.
    A pile of pretentious rubbish. It doesn’t feel inspired or Lion King related, it’s just a cash-grab. The production is good, but that’s to be expected, as is her voice, but again, no surprise there. I just feel that this is a step too far, it feels incredibly entitled and just uses the The Lion King as a perfect sales opportunity.
    The film itself should have been left alone, but to spoil the original widely-adored soundtrack too? Unforgivable
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