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Beyoncé Week: After 'Lemonade,' is Beyoncé critic-proof?



(Welcome to Beyoncé Week, our countdown to Beyoncé's concert on Friday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. For all our Beyoncé Week coverage, click here.)

The host of positive reviews Beyoncé is enjoying for her new album Lemonade — five stars from Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly calling it "her boldest, most ambitious, best album to date" — we're wondering: Is Beyoncé critic-proof?

The BeyHive is one thing. Her ardent fans are pre-disposed to love anything she releases. But Beyoncé is the most Grammy-nominated woman in history. And while her self-titled 2013 album famously lost the Album of the Year trophy to Beck, Lemonade is looking like a frontrunner in 2017.

"The people who love Beyoncé, really, really love Beyoncé," said J. Randy Taraborrelli, author of last fall's unauthorized biography Becoming Beyoncé. "She's so compelling a personality, and so compelling a performer, that even if you didn't understand Formation when you saw it at the Super Bowl, and you couldn't remember it five minutes later, you still remember the performance of it. That's where she gets you."

For more on Beyoncé's seeming critical invincibility, click here.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 28, 2016 10:26am]


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