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Queen B earns a B minus

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Beyoncé’s new studio album had a controversial release in the country community.

On March 29, Beyoncé, the 32-time Grammy winner, released a new album, titled “Cowboy Carter,” which follows her hit 2022 album music “Renaissance.” Cowboy Carter has a total of 27 tracks and is known for being Beyonce’s step into the country world. 

There are numerous well-known guest artists on the album, including Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Post Malone and Miley Cyrus. These additional voices bring together all sorts of tones, appealing to a variety of audiences. With a total running time of an hour and 18 minutes, this album takes listeners on a whirlwind of emotions. 

This album has many hidden themes and meanings behind the lyrics; for example, the very beginning of the album starts off with a song called “AMERICAN REQUIEM,” which symbolizes the historic ill-treatment of black Americans. Singing lyrics about how difficult it was to become who she is. Beyonce also tells her family’s history and what it means to cross a line into the country. Although this type of music from her might not appeal to me, the story behind the album is undeniably moving. 

The second track on the album is a rendition of “Blackbird,” with other various artists Tanner Adell, Brittney Spencer, Tiera Kennedy and Reyna Roberts. This song is an interesting take on the original song by “The Beatles.” The vocals are very well sung and have a very enticing melody. This song suits Beyonce’s voice much more than some of the more country songs. 

One of the most popular songs from the album would have to be “TEXAS HOLD ‘EM,” which was released as a single on Feb. 11. I, along with others, were shocked by her take on country music. Although the song is very entertaining and upbeat, most would agree that it is not exactly country. Nevertheless, people on social media platforms created a well-known dance to the song and welcomed Beyonce with open arms into the country scene. 

However, the songs with the popular artists such as “II MOST WANTED,” with Miley Cyrus, “LEVI’S JEANS” featuring Post Malone, and “TYRANT” with Dolly Parton, fall short of leaving an impact. They left me confused as to the genre of the album. Even though it has cowboy in the title it fails to convey the country’s culture. 

Beyonce has a persona around her of being a hit pop star, with hit songs like “Single Ladies,” and “Crazy in Love.” To see her dipping her toe into the country field is something that most never thought they would see. Beyonce’s vocals throughout the album are encapsulating; however, they do not necessarily tell a country story. According to an Instagram post posted on March 19, Beyonce agrees, saying, “This ain’t a Country album. This is a Beyonce album.”

Although her voice might not reflect the cowboy ideals, me and others, can’t ignore her persistence to break the barriers down and rope in a considerable audience.

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Abby Evans
Abby Evans, Contributing Writer

Hi guys! My name is Abby Evans, I am a junior, and happy to be a first year contributing writer for the Ruff Draft! Outside of school I am a Student Ambassador for the Edmond Public Schools Foundation. In doing this it has allowed me to grow closer to my peers, as well as learn about our Edmond community! Additionally, I enjoy reading and exploring nature! I can’t wait to see what the Ruff Draft will accomplish!