Beyonce’s surprise album: What’s the verdict?

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“Songs on the album jump and dive between genres and are woven together with everything from spoken word and trap raps to the coos of her daughter Blue Ivy and vintage Destiny’s Child footage,” Kennedy wrote. “It’s a lot to consume, but a revelatory look at the singer who has tirelessly calculated what she chooses to share (and it’s not always much).”

Miles Marshall Lewis, the Arts & Culture editor for Ebony.com, writes that Beyonce has overshadowed some other big-name singers who have recently released new projects.

“Where pop stars are concerned, Beyoncé easily bests the latest from both Lady Gaga and Britney Spears, rivaling Justin Timberlake with a fraction of the media blitz (so far),” Lewis said. “Now that’s a superpower.”

For her part, Beyonce said in her video to fans that she was inspired by the legendary Michael Jackson.

“I remember watching ‘Thriller’ on TV with my family. It was an event, we all sat around the TV and now looking back, I am so happy I was born around that time,” she said. “I miss that immersive experience.”

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