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'Magna Carta Holy Grail' Reviews: What The Critics Are Saying About Jay-Z's New Album

July 5, 2013

Jay-Z's bold marketing campaign for "Magna Carta Holy Grail" paved the way for a Fourth of July brimming with high-profile buzz, but critical reception to the album has been somewhat mixed.

The New York Times claims "Grail" is filled with "ups and downs," while The Los Angeles Times feels it's "full of empty boasts." USA Today, on the other hand, awarded the album a perfect four-star review. Take a look at some top reviews, and chime in with your own response to Jay-Z's 12th solo album.

Los Angeles Times: "Throughout 'MCHG,' beats jiggle with synthetic energy courtesy of the master of genre. Combined and at their best, as on 'BBC' and 'Heaven,' the producer and rapper move with the coordination of expert magicians juggling Champagne bottles and knives."

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