After 4 years of keeping us all at the edge of our seats waiting for her next record, Solange Knowles has put us all out of misery and released her new album, A Seat At The Table. Here’s our take on the album:

 We have one word to describe Solange’s album…vibes! Solange has managed to achieve the often unattainable, to make a very experimental sounding album that is so sonic that it could be argued as being “acquired taste”, be attainable to those who might prefer more of a mainstream sound. Our proof of its appeal? Solo has just topped the Billboard 200 chart, a truly remarkable achievement.

We think what makes A Seat At The Table so special is the evident craftsmanship put into making the album as well as the deeply personal nature of each track.  The beauty of the album lays in its subtle groove. It’s not overpowering, which we suppose makes you take your time to digest the message Solange is trying to send. You can tell that there has been careful thought put into every beat, every chord, every word used, and this intensifies our appreciation of the album as well as helping us form personal connections to our favourite tracks.

 

Standout Tracks:

 

Cranes in the Sky

Writers: Solange Knowles, Raphael Saadiq

Producers: Solange Knowles, Raphael Saadiq

Cranes in the Sky was an emotional one for us because we feel like everyone has felt the emotions that Solange portrays on the track. Solange talks about getting through unhappiness/depression by different means.  In the first verse, she tries to ‘drink it away’, ‘put one in the air’, ‘dance it away’, and ‘change it with (her) hair’. None of these solutions work.  In the chorus, Solange addresses the fact that you have to face your feelings head on and let yourself feel them, not matter how bad they are. Avoidance is not the key. It’s a great song with an even greater message.

 

Don’t Touch My Hair

 Writers: Solange Knowles, Bryndon Cook, Sampha Sisay, Dave Andrew Sitek, Patrick Wimberly

Producers: Solange Knowles, Bryndon Cook, Sampha Sisay, Dave Andrew Sitek, Patrick Wimberly

 

Don’t Touch My Hair addresses the oppression black people have had to face with their hair texture. We often hear stories of black women being targeted in the work place because of their hair and this song is basically an ode to this issue. It encourages women to take pride in who they are and not settle for the status quo, messages we can relate to and appreciate.

 

Where Do We Go

Writers: Solange Knowles, Sean Nicholas Savage, Raphael Saadiq, Patrick Wimberly, Kwes, Sir Dylan

Producers: Solange Knowles, Sean Nicholas Savage, Raphael Saadiq, Patrick Wimberly, Kwes, Sir Dylan

 

Our love for Where Do We Go lies not only in the message, but also the refined groove of it. The way the meaning and beauty of the song creeps up on you is refreshing.

 

 

Borderline (An Ode To Self Care)

Writers: Solange Knowles, Q-Tip, Timbaland, Static Major

Producers: Solange Knowles, Q-Tip

This song is very reminiscent of the type of music A Tribe Called Quest would release, which makes sense seeing as the track features Q-Tip. The track gives a very throwback nostalgic vibe that reminds us of the 90s, when life seemed a lot less fixated on how messed up the world can be, and was more focused on celebrating life and letting go and enjoying the moment, which ties in nicely with the theme of the song.

 

Solange also released two videos for Don’t Touch My Hair and Cranes in the Sky. Check them out below.

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