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Beyoncé’s new album going “down down down”

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“Cowboy Carter” album cover (Photo via Columbia Records)

Beyoncé’s most recent album, “Cowboy Carter,” showed a different side of the famous singer.

Beyoncé started in a trio called Destiny’s Child which focused on sassy R&B. As her career grew, she started to shift gears and do her own thing with music. 

Her newest album, “Cowboy Carter,” focused on American country. Although the album has a great tune and Beyoncé has a great voice, I just don’t think this style fits her. Some songs were better than others, but I can’t wrap my head around the fact that this is Beyoncé’s album.

However, I do like what Beyoncé is doing, and the message behind the album is very culturally inclined. I also think it was clever of her to drop this kind of album right after “Renaissance” due to it being such a big success for the artist.

While experimentation and genre-blending are often celebrated in music, there comes a point where authenticity cannot be done for the sake of music. The album sounds more forced rather than a natural evolution of her sound. Her powerhouse vocals and commanding presence are undeniable, but they seem out of place on this album.

Country music is a genre that is deeply rooted in tradition and storytelling, often drawing from personal and cultural experiences. Beyoncé’s attempt to fulfill this genre feels more like a calculated marketing move rather than a genuine exploration of musical expression.

Growing up listening to Beyoncé, I have always admired her fearlessness in pushing boundaries and challenging norms. However, “Cowboy Carter” feels like a step back in her career, and it isn’t because she isn’t capable of tackling different genres- her versatility is unmatched- but rather that country does not match her strengths.

In a music industry dominated by trends and fads, there is something to be said for staying true to oneself. While taking risks and exploring new music is great, sometimes it’s better to stick with what works best for you. This album may have garnered attention for its uniqueness, but to many fans, myself included, it ultimately missed the mark. Beyoncé’s venture into country music serves as a reminder that not every experiment is going to be successful.

While her ambition is admirable, “Cowboy Carter” leaves much to be desired for those who have come to expect nothing from the queen herself. As she continues to push boundaries and challenge herself, let’s hope that her future music brings us back to the Beyoncé we all know and love.

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Keyona Winstead is a senior at Del Val and a first year writer for "The Delphi." She recently transferred to Del Val for her junior year from North Brunswick Township High School and was a former cheerleader on the cheerleading team. Keyona enjoys spending time with family and friends and in her free time likes reading books.

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    Bry RyMay 12, 2024 at 11:27 pm

    This take is interesting. I love this album. It doesn’t feel out of place to me at all. Also giving the reason behind the birth of this album further solidifies it for me. Not to mention this isn’t a country album this is a “Beyonce album”.

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    Joy ThomasMay 12, 2024 at 8:15 pm

    I definitely respect your thoughts and understand your view point. It seems to be shared by many. I think I’m in the minority in thinking this sounds like her MOST authentic work. While it’s not remotely like anything she’s done before, I think that’s the point of it. She has, for years, made music her FANS expect and enjoy (myself included). But this ‘album’ sounds like exactly what she said it is….some of the best music she’s ever made. It truly sounds like her at her best doing what she loves the way SHE wants to do it, not us. For me it sounds authentic and genuinely her and while it os vastly different from all her other music, I must admit, I love it!!

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