[6], In the film, "Spirit" can be heard during the scene in which Simba goes back home with Nala in the Pride Lands. The Lion King: The Gift was included in Capital XTRA's 20 best albums of 2019 list, whereby "Spirit" was described as a "triumphant, gospel-inspired" track that "firmly cemented Beyoncé at the top of her game". It fared better in Europe, where it entered the top 50 in the Netherlands and Scotland. "[3], The cover art for the single features a shot of Beyoncé's face next to the CGI face of Nala, the character she portrays in the movie. "[11] Sandra Gonzalez for CNN described how "in "Spirit," Beyoncé masterfully showcases her power and vocal acrobatic skills. [38][39] Blue Ivy Carter, the singer's daughter with rapper Jay-Z makes several cameo appearances throughout the video accompanied by her mother. [4], The song opens with two male backing vocals singing the lines "Uishi kwa muda mrefu mfalme" in Swahili which translate to "Long live the king" in English. [17] Carl Wilson of Slate Magazine described the song as "award-baiting piece of Hollywood-goes-gospel". "Spirit" is a song by American singer Beyoncé for the soundtrack of the photorealistic remake of The Lion King and the companion album The Lion King: The Gift. [37], The clip consists of excerpts from the movie intermingled with scenes of Beyoncé singing the song and dancing in the desert accompanied by male and female dancers and choristers dressed in matching outfits. [14] Adina Goldstein and Symphreona Clark also complimented Beyonce's vocal performance, writing for YR Media that it "resembles a large rushing river, beautiful, inspiring and so strong it can shape even the hardest of substances". Allegra Frank writing for Vox described the song as "perfect" and "otherworldly good". The album received generally favorable reviews on Metacritic, garnering a metascore of 77, based on 13 critic reviews.[1]. ), and it's perfect", "All of Beyonce's Fashions in the 'Spirit' & 'Bigger' Video From 'Lion King: The Gift' Album", "Beyonce 'copies' 2018 South African video concept for her new 'Spirit' music video", "Beyonce accused of stealing ideas for 'Spirit' video", "Beyonce Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)", "Metro Radio Chart (International) - Week: 31", "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100", "Beyonce Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)", "Spirit (From Disney's "The Lion King") - Single by Beyoncé on Apple Music", "BEYONCÉ "Spirit" | (Radio Date: 12/07/2019)". Urban/UAC Future Releases | R&B, Hip Hop, Release Schedule and Street Dates | ... 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[36] According to the singer, the clip was intended to "show how God is the art director". Danger (Young Simba & Young Nala Interlude), New Lesson (Timon, Pumbaa & Young Simba Interlude), I'm Home (Mufasa, Sarabi & Simba Interlude), https://beyonce.fandom.com/wiki/The_Lion_King:_The_Gift?oldid=7524. [13] Mikael Wood for the Los Angeles Times writes that the "grand" song showcases "the natural force of [Beyoncé's] singing". [38] A CNN writer praised the aesthetics of the visuals, the inclusion of the singer's daughter and the numerous Easter eggs referencing Africa. [15], Writing for Rolling Stone, Danny Schwartz called the song "wonderful" and complimented the inclusion of Swahili in the track. She was the only one out of all Nala's dubbers not to perform the song. Upon its release, the video was positively received by most critics who praised the scenery of the location and Beyoncé's fashion style. 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