REVIEW: Solange Knowles, A Seat at the Table

By Eva Astreinidou

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Solange Knowles has, for a long time, oozed coolness, personality and musicality and her new album A Seat at the Table is testament to that persona.

Solange has always been an elusive member of the Knowles family (as the sister to mega-star Beyonce) but her alternative style draws us in more and more in her first album release since 2008.

Enigmatic like Frank Ocean, dulcet-sounding like Jhene Aiko, but also a touch hipster like the band Haim, she continues to dazzle listeners. Although the tracks borrow inspiration from both old and new-school music, this body of work is credit to Solange’s vision and talent.

An artist of many talents, she’s a songwriter, has her own music label (Saint Records), and has covered many DJ stints in her career. Perhaps the depth and sounds of the album are attributed to these varied experiences in music.

From soulful and smooth, Mad (featuring none other than Lil Wayne) to her electronic vibes on Don’t Wait For Me, Funky Junie, there’s no telling the variety of sounds Solange is able to use. All the while the tracks are blended with interludes addressing black identity, and ownership of black culture.

As a result, it’s clear that this is a project of a lifetime for Solange. This album reveals her growth and her identity as a musician, but also resonates far broader than that by speaking about a community of people and their experience (particularly prominent in track F.U.B.U.).

From insightful lyrics, to preachy interludes and stunning visuals, it’s clear that Solange wants her audience to experience and immerse themselves, and, in turn, makes the listener want to devote time to appreciate the album.

Solange – Mission accomplished.

A Seat at the Table is available to download on iTunes or to stream on Spotify. For videos, CLICK HERE.

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