BEYONCÉ PRAISED FOR ‘IMPRESSIVE’ COUNTRY ALBUM COWBOY CARTER

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Critics and fans have praised Beyoncé’s new country-inspired album Cowboy Carter, which was released earlier today (Fri).

The US pop star’s eighth studio album was given four out of five stars by Guardian critic Alexis Petridis, who said it shows she is “impressively capable of doing whatever she wants”.

Page Six critic Nicholas Hautman called it “the revival that country music so desperately needed”.

“She did not disappoint,” raved one fan on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Another social media user said he thought Beyoncé’s voice was “the best it’s ever been in her career”.

The album includes duets with Miley Cyrus and Post Malone, along with covers of Dolly Parton’s Jolene and The Beatles’ song Blackbird.

Country singers Willie Nelson and Linda Martell also feature.

The new album was preceded by two hit singles – Texas Hold ‘Em and 16 Carriages – which marked the start of the Texas-born singer’s foray into country music.

Both singles became instant streaming hits, and Beyoncé became the first black woman to top Billboard’s country music chart last month with Texas Hold ‘Em. She also topped the UK singles charts for the first time in almost 14 years.

Beyoncé has said the album came from an experience where she “did not feel welcome”, which motivated her to dig deeper into the history of country music.

Ahead of the release, she also thanked her fans for their support of the album.