Solange - A Seat at the Table
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
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
Congrats to Beyonce on the second best album in the family this year!
Yeah I'll Give You A Seat At My Table
Yeah I'll Honk My Hogs
Yeah I'll Spank My Dogs
Yeah I'll Chew Your Nub
Yeah I'll Kiss a Skunk
what is that shit in her hair
Curious to see how the two sisters have found themselves special places in the large pop spectrum, ocasionally aiming for similar approaches in composition and stance, but drifting away completely when talking about wider recognition and conceptual development. This record is probably her best work to date, and, if it wasn't for a few lackluster cuts on the later part, she could've gone much farther. Anyways, it is quite clear that Solange is reaching out for a much more mature and ambitious ... read more
I get it that this album has a much bigger message behind it, and I am aware that this album's themes are socially relevant, but I just cannot get into this album.
This album passed like an eternity, and even though I like what she is trying to do here, this album had [INTERLUDE 1] some [INTERLUDE 2] really [INTERLUDE 3] uninteresting [INTERLUDE 4] moments [INTERLUDE 5] and a handful of [INTERLUDE 6] interludes, and while some people might defend these interludes, saying that they are relevant ... read more
Best Songs: Canes In The Sky , Don't Touch My Hair, Rise, Weary, Where Do We Go, F.U.B.U.
Worst Songs: Scales
Just an opinion. Beyonce is an unbelievably skilled singer. Solange is a very skilled singer and also a very skilled songwriter. If only the record was shorter... I find it to be very interesting though.
I feel like this was one of the least expected albums this year to be as good as it was. An R&B/neo soul album with massive heart and strong messages. It’s a lovely listen, as the instrumentation is smooth and full of funk. Her voice is wonderful, her story telling precise, using interludes, narrated by others, as great bridges between songs. As such this album isn’t only about herself, it’s about the black experience in the US, in a way the r&b equivalent to To Pimp a ... read more
This album is in a pleasent way harmonious, honest, straight, artfull and therefore moving and very welcome.
2. Weary: 73
4. Cranes In The Sky: 86
6. Mad: 64
7. Don't You Wait: 55
9. Don't Touch My Hair: 86
11. Where Do We Go: 64
13. F.U.B.U: 58
14. Borderline: 56
16. Junie: 57
18. Don't Wish Me Well: 57
20. Scales: 60
12 Conjunto: 80
El álbum es mejor que Lemonade de su hermana Beyonce
I do find this to be pretty good.
This album is sneakily good. Solange somehow is able to show the frustration of African-Americans over these past few years in an album that flows peacefully. It gets better with each listen, and it flows from track to track with no skip in beat. It is truly an engaging listen from beginning to end, and it is a contender for AOTY.
Great R&B LP from Solange. This album, in my opinion, cannot even be compared to Lemonade. It's R&B, sure. But it's much more minimalist and clean. It's an entirely different aesthetic.
(PS: Holy shit. Lil' Wayne's verse was okay.)
This is very solid expose on black culture and the atmospheric production combines with Solange's angelic voice very well. Some songs lack in energy but overall I really did think this was great.
Best Tracks: Rise, Weary, Cranes in the Sky, Mad, F.U.B.U., Borderline
Worst Tracks: Don't Wish Me Well, Scales
This album eloquently articulated much of my past present and likely future experiences. A healing balm that brought to the surface what black women are constantly told to bury - their lives, anguish, beauty and self worth.
Honestly it's not a perfect album - the later half not as immediately accessible as the 1st but the beauty is in the detail - the topical interludes that celebrate traditions of oration in black culture and its mellow tones that harbour politically charged messages ... read more
she's like beyonce but more interesting, with a quiriker, more high-registered voice. but that doesn't necessarily make her a better songwriter. mostly a dull, monotonous album sprinkled with bold, admirable statements of activism and at points very pleasing to the ear.
best songs: mad ft. lil wayne, cranes in the sky, F.U.B.U. ft. the-dream & bj the chicago kid
Surprisingly good! I mean, it's not the kind of album that's going to be in my final list of AOTY, but I have to recommend this (kinda).
No song this year is such an arresting personal statement as "Cranes In The Sky". R&B traditionalists will love this album and for those who are skeptical of the resurgence of Beyonce's sister, just know this is on-par with Lemonade and Beyonce. However, instead of album-long commentaries on marriage and partnership, what A Seat At The Table does is bring the psyche of the black American female to the forefront of the listener's mind.
The experimental and electronic sounds, the stories, the calm beats, her positive aura and her smooth vocals give us a stunning triumphant album. After I hear it many times (and I want to gine it more changes) I started loving it, more and more with every shot.
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