The Lion King: The Gift

Beyoncé - The Lion King: The Gift
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
User Score
Based on 331 ratings
2019 Ratings: #798
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CRITIC REVIEWS

86
HipHopDX
Overall, it works and is another jewel in her crown — one that she, overall, can be proud to call hers.
80
The Telegraph

With The Gift, Beyonce has repurposed The Lion King to send her own powerful messages.

80
AllMusic

On The Lion King: The Gift, Beyoncé deftly connects a kid's flick to something bigger, honoring not only Africa and its traditions but also shifting perspective to future destiny and greatness. It's a superior statement and a lesson on how to properly execute a winning soundtrack.

73
Pitchfork
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.
70
Clash

‘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.

70
Rolling Stone

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.

67
Entertainment Weekly

The Gift leans on variety to express its love of blackness, yet a singular voice proves just as affecting.

67
Consequence of Sound
Individually, almost every song is interesting. But altogether, the listening experience is a choppy mess.
60
The Guardian

Her solo numbers are of varying quality, but Beyoncé gives a valuable platform to African artists in this collaborative Disney spinoff.

60
NME
‘Lion King: The Gift’ is a great example of Beyonce’s fantastic taste, and of her ability to oversee an album that doesn’t focus on her while also cementing the soundtrack as a worthy substitute to the original. Most importantly, it puts a spotlight on artists from the continent in which the movie takes place.
alansambista
15

Was it supposed to be a gift? I'd rather not receive it.

LukasLima
70

* BIGGER (7/10)
* FIND YOUR WAY BACK (7/10)
* DON'T JEALOUS ME (8/10)
* JA ARA E (6.5/10)
* NILE (5/10)
* MOOD 4 EVA (7/10)
* WATER (6.5/10)
* BROWN SKIN GIRL (8.5/10)
* KEYS TO KINGDOM (7/10)
* ALREADY (7.5/10)
* OTHERSIDE (6/10)
* MY POWER (6.5/10)
* SCAR (5.5/10)
* SPIRIT (9/10)
* BLACK PARADE (8/10)

Nota Final: 70/100

_zeltrxn17
40

Miss Beyoncé phones it in on this soundtrack to provide "The Lion King" a by-the-numbers soulless pack of audio recordings that maybe resemble an album. This is some Desiigner type rushed job in here.
But hey, doesn't matter since it's not that significant in Bey's discography so let's just act like it didn't happen.

josephdcater
100

The Lion King 2019 is one of the worst movies I've ever seen, but this soundtrack is kinda schlappin

musicbox
76

I don't care for some of the songs but others are so good, that's why overall it's still a good body of work. I like the concept of the record (experiencing with different african genres), it works. Beyoncé's voice fits well with this sound and she interacts well with her fellow collaborators. This was definitely a labor of love.

Highlights: Already, Bigger and Spirit.

kolibli
85

Inspirada pela sua participação no remake da animação Rei Leão, Beyoncé lança a trilha sonora alternativa “The Gift”, que funciona como um álbum conceitual que utiliza os temas e trechos do longa para contar novas histórias. Mesmo que algumas dessas letras sejam ligadas à vida pessoal da cantora estadunidense, Beyoncé fez um ótimo trabalho ao convidar produtores e grandes artistas da música ... read more

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Track List

  1. balance (mufasa interlude)
  2. BIGGER
  3. the stars (mufasa interlude)
  4. FIND YOUR WAY BACK
  5. uncle scar (scar interlude)
  6. DON'T JEALOUS ME
  7. danger (young simba & young nala interlude)
  8. JA ARA E
  9. run away (scar & young simba interlude)
  10. NILE
  11. new lesson (timon, pumbaa & young simba interlude)
  12. MOOD 4 EVA (feat. Oumou Sangaré)
  13. reunited (nala & simba interlude)
  14. WATER
  15. BROWN SKIN GIRL (feat. Blue Ivy Carter)
  16. come home (nala interlude)
  17. KEYS TO THE KINGDOM
  18. follow me (simba & rafiki interlude)
  19. ALREADY
  20. remember (mufasa interlude)
  21. OTHERSIDE
  22. war (nala interlude)
  23. MY POWER (feat. Nija)
  24. surrender (simba & scar interlude)
  25. SCAR
  26. i'm home (mufasa, sarabi & simba interlude)
  27. SPIRIT

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Added on: July 16, 2019