ALBUM REVIEW: Solange – A Seat At The Table

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Solange has always been comfortably sitting in older sister Beyonce’s shadow but it’s time she emerges and tells her story. Her third studio album “A Seat At The Table” offers a refreshing outlook on black culture and black womens rights. It’s a step toward the direction Beyonce perfected on “Lemonade” but stands as it’s own piece of work. it’s not an album you can just skip through and listen to a selected few, it’s one you have to listen from start to finish. The interludes are just as important as the actual songs as they all play an important part of telling the story and never seem unnecessary. The production is raw, organic and is a step toward perfecting a sound that she has been working on for a long time. These songs are full of clarification, confusion and anger towards the issues black women face but the impact it has is a lot stronger. The songs will leave you with a deeper understatement of these issues and feeling tranquil. It’s an intense album but in a different way, it doesn’t make you feel overwhelmed nor is it excessively in your face. The album jumps between the electro pop elements of “Don’t You Wait” and transports into the soul and funk of “Cranes In The Sky” and “Junie” while adding RNB elements with “Mad”. This is not an album full of radio ready hooks or sleak glossy production and if that is what you’re looking for then you need to search for something different. There are standout tracks and some beats that will have you grooving but this album needs to be experienced through headphones and sitting somewhere peaceful. Beyonce may be the household name but Solange has just delivered a vital listening experience for 2016 and leaving an impact that is culturally significant.

 

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