AOTY 2017
A Seat at the Table
Solange - A Seat at the Table
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2016 Ratings: #8 / 721
Year End Rank: #4
User Score
Based on 494 ratings
2016 Ratings: #8
Your Review

CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Entertainment Weekly

It’s a bold statement on what it means to be a proud and yet sometimes anguished black woman in 2016, and it’s also her most individuated work to date. Solange gets political by also making Seat stunningly personal and poetic.

100
NOW Magazine
There’s a weariness to Solange’s album, a realization that the Black identity, stripped of its dimensionality and packaged for mainstream entertainment, has left us all looking like bad dudes to some degree in the eyes of others.
92
GIGsoup

Musically, it is a lesson on how to slay, using intimate, achingly poetic groove laden candlelight funk. But thematically, ASATT is a celebration of black culture and a comforting embrace to those frustrated by the outside perception, appropriation and misunderstanding of blackness and black history.

91
Pretty Much Amazing

A Seat at the Table shines due to Knowles’ unwavering commitment to her own complexity, both musically and personally. You won’t pin her down on the first, second, or third listen, but each listen will give you a better understanding as to why you never will.

90
Exclaim!

A Seat demands a careful listen, and rewards it richly. This is Solange's strongest album to date.

90
The 405

A Seat At The Table – like the headlines of 2016 - is the score of black pain, black rage, black strength and black joy. And for everyone else enjoying the enticing R&B, it's for the rest of us to quiet ourselves, listen, learn and respect.

90
Loud and Quiet
It’s brilliant. I can’t emphasise that enough. It’s surprising and clever and current. But its real genius resides in Solange’s radical political voice — she veils her anger in a soft, soulful sound that even her detractors will find hard to ignore.
90
AllMusic
Their restrained ornamentation and moderate tempos are perfectly suited for Knowles, an undervalued vocalist who never aims to bring the house down yet fills each note with purposeful emotion.
90
musicOMH
It’s a record that articulately and passionately celebrates what it means to be black in America, but never runs the risk of becoming a divisive polemic, while also containing some impossibly slinky RnB.
90
HipHopDX
If Chance The Rapper is singlehandedly carrying the torch for Black Boy Joy, it’s only right we place Solange alongside him because she is Black Girl Magic personified, especially through her newest endeavor.
90
No Ripcord

A Seat at the Table is intensely rich and gracious in its candor, so much so that it’s quieter, painstakingly personal moments are every bit as robust as direct aggression.

90
God Is in the TV

The subdued nature of the songs means that they take a few listens to hit home, but once they do, it’s obvious that this stunning and vital record is one of the year’s best.

87
Pitchfork
Even though it’s been out less than a week, it already seems like a document of historical significance, not just for its formidable musical achievements but for the way it encapsulates black cultural and social history with such richness, generosity, and truth.
80
The Guardian
Its delicate anger and the measured way it unpacks a host of issues means you want to give it the time it deserves rather than demanding it reveal itself immediately. There’s a unique brilliance to that.
80
DIY
Where ‘A Seat…’ excels most is in the contrast that runs through select moments. It’s both extremely personal to Solange’s experiences, and specific in its examination of black lives, but it exudes a universality that doesn’t exclude or discriminate.
80
Rolling Stone
In a volatile world increasingly defined by the brash and the crude, Solange's packaging of brutal honesty in tender, harmony-rich murmurs is both beautiful and radical.
80
NME
These are complicated topics to address on record, but ‘A Seat At The Table’ succeeds because it’s musically soothing even when her lyrics are challenging.
80
Clash

‘A Seat At The Table’ is an expertly-curated, a near-perfect record that serves as a timely, musical manifesto on how to be black and proud.

80
PopMatters

Daunting and at times exhausting, A Seat at the Table is still an undeniably important work.

80
Crack Magazine

Overall, the sound of this album is not dissimilar to Solange’s previous offerings ... The difference here though, is that there’s much more substance behind her signature harmonies. Solange has imbued this album with a narrative steeped in the experience of blackness in America as well as an engaging, deeply personal insight into her own identity.

80
The Needle Drop
Solange doesn't disappoint on this elegant set of neo-soul track that mix the personal with the political.
75
Consequence of Sound
Here she evades definition entirely, bolted steadfast to the burden of the past, but stubbornly careening toward the future, life through death. Solange is R&B as hell.
60
The Independent

Save for the chunky “Don’t You Wait”, there’s little punch or pop charm to the album, which boasts a surfeit of luscious textures and feisty attitudes, but a shortfall of killer melodies.

Oct 9, 2016
frienderman
95
This > Lemonade
Oct 16, 2016
88
It's stupid to say that this is just music, I mean, there's so much culture, discussion and strenght in this album, like it can trascend the state of being just art and become a source for identity and history. However, if it comes down to purely what reaches the ear, Solange's A Seat at the Table finds her in a position of self-empowerment, universal access and thought-provoking lyrics. The interludes give cohesion and guide you through it all, they give you words worth on checking them out, ... read more
Dec 13, 2016
austincrane235
82
I was forced to relisten to this after P4k called it #1 of the year, and I don't think I gave it a fair shot when it came out. This is pretty good. My favorite aspect of this album is the production. Smooth, soulful beats with lots of interesting and unexpected layers. The effect that's created is this feeling of cohesion running throughout the project that I appreciate. Sometimes the album gets a little sleepy, but overall I thought this was solid. Glad I gave it a second chance
Oct 6, 2016
exception
40
limeade
Sep 30, 2016
Leozao
80
Congrats to Beyonce on the second best album in the family this year!
Track List
  1. Rise 
  2. Weary
  3. Interlude: The Glory Is In You
  4. Cranes In The Sky 
  5. Interlude: Dad Was Mad
  6. Mad [ft. Lil Wayne]
  7. Don't You Wait 
  8. Interlude: Tina Taught Me
  9. Don't Touch My Hair [ft. Sampha]
  10. Interlude: This Moment
  11. Where Do We Go
  12. Interlude: For Us By Us
  13. F.U.B.U. [ft. The-Dream & BJ The Chicago Kid]
  14. Borderline (An Ode To Self Care) [ft. Q-Tip]
  15. Interlude: I Got So Much Magic, You Can Have It [ft. Kelly Rowland & Nia Andrews]
  16. Junie
  17. Interlude: No Limits
  18. Don't Wish Me Well
  19. Interlude: Pedestals 
  20. Scales [ft. Kelela]
  21. Closing: The Chosen Ones


Added on: September 27, 2016