Black Is King

Beyoncé - Black Is King
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Based on 8 reviews
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Based on 26 ratings
2020 Ratings: #777
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July 31, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Telegraph

Familiar yet magical, Black is King shows Beyonce has long since flown past music videos; the passion and purpose that collided to such extraordinary effect in Lemonade wasn’t just a one-off. This is the electrifying sight of an artist at the height of her powers.

91
A.V. Club

Black Is King is a culmination of a year’s worth of work, and it brings impressive duality to an album that was once primarily connected to someone else’s story.

83
Spectrum Culture
A glorious, if inharmonious, co-production between our greatest pop star and the Mouse House.
83
Consequence of Sound
Mrs. Knowles-Carter’s labor of love is a powerful film that makes multiple statements.
80
The Sydney Morning Herald

Beyonce, the master of the visual album, just keeps getting better with each release. Using the music from The Gift, the album she released last year to accompany the live-action remake of The Lion King, the star stuns again with the spellbinding Black Is King.

80
The Guardian

Fundamentally, Black Is King speaks to the beauty and richness of blackness without it seeming grotesquely wealthy or too contrived.

80
NME
Once again committed to aesthetic excellence, Queen Bey has proven that her reign is not without its own sprinkle of Disney magic.
75
Slant Magazine

Out of a dazzling fusion of the hottest R&B and Afrobeat trends, this visual album proposes a pan-African vision of legacy, abundance, and unity, making it Beyoncé’s most wide-reaching and ambitious effort yet.

homogenic
45
Disgusting. Let's talk about how Beyoncé (a light skin person) is the CENTER of a piece about Africa/Blackness. Not only does Black is King not discuss anti-Blackness in Disney, but Disney+ is still inaccessible in 36 African countries.

We tend to applaud the African aesthetic draped in capitalism. I hope we remember the BLM folks on the continent whose daily lives are impacted by imperialism. If we can't uplift the imagery, I hope we can uplift those who will never be able to access ... read more
znorth3
NR
+70 points for Kendrick
El_Bark
99
judging it as a music video, this was absolutely beautiful, the colors, the women, the dancing, i loved it
0
boring, boring and boring
100
This visual and musical experience really did justice to the original Lion King, and the African culture. The intricate details and storytelling of each frame, really left me in awe with the mastery that Beyoncé possesses. The team behind the scenes really pulled out all the stops, and artists from the African continent were given the respect and honour they deserved.

Mood 4 eva, should really be the mood forever.
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Added on: June 28, 2020