The Lion King: The Gift – Beyoncé – 7.8


Before I start this review I just wanted to explain that on this albums official track listing, there are numerous spoken word interludes from the Lion King movie that I have decided not to include in my written tracklist on this review. Like Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther project, it’s now Beyoncé’s turn to orchestrate an album for the new Lion King movie just weeks after releasing her monumental Homecoming Live album. The Gift offers almost an hour of feel good pop songs that takes its inspiration from numerous African sounds and themes with a dash of Disney thrown in too. As an album this is a decent listen but as a soundtrack I think it works well to capture the essence of the movie. It kicks off with a couple of decent pop tracks sung by Beyoncé before she takes a side step and lets Nigerian artists get involved for the very infections tracks Don’t Jealous Me and Ja Ara E. The next tracks sees B team up with Kendrick Lamar once again for Nile, what could have been the best song of the album only turns out to be half a song and ending very abruptly. Mood 4 Eva sees the arrival of Jay Z for a very good verse then a somewhat disappointing appearance from fellow Lion King star Donald Glover. This album has a lot of good messages throughout it of racial strength, family and empowerment and definitely has enough interesting moving pieces to warrant The Gift at least one listen.


1. BIGGER – 7.9
2. FIND YOUR WAY BACK – 7.6
3. DON’T JEALOUS ME – 7.4
4. JA ARA E – 7.5
5. NILE – 8
6. MOOD 4 EVA – 8.3
7. WATER – 8
8. BROWN SKIN GIRL – 8.2
9. KEYS TO THE KINGDOM – 7.5
10. ALREADY – 7.3
11. OTHERSIDE – 7.1
12. MY POWER – 8.4
13. SCAR – 8.3
14. SPIRIT – 7.8