“Fall in your ways…so you can crumble…fall in your ways…so you can sleep at night…fall in your ways…so you can wake up & rise…(Rise)”
Solange has just released her 3rd full length album entitled A Seat At The Table. It is an absolute must listen.
For those unfamiliar with Solange as an artist, she has been active for well over a decade & getting better all the time. From Solo Star to Sol-Angel & The Hadley Street Dreams to the EP True, she has always had a different style about her musically, as different as she has been in fashion. She experiments, she is fearless, she is honest, & she remains true to herself. We have been fortunate enough to witness her growth from teenager all the way up to her now as a 30 year old. She has always had a great deal of maturity & insight. A Seat At The Table is Solange coming into her own in a way above & beyond anything we usually see from most albums. It is so timely & important to what is going on now in the Black community. It is one of the blackest albums I have ever heard in it’s strong embrace of the culture, but also in the expression of our pain & the things we have to deal with. From Weary to Mad to Don’t Touch My Hair to F.U.B.U. to Scales she speaks about the Black experience from across the board. Even as solemn as it can get there is still a sense of triumph. I immediately connected to it. The sound itself is so full, rich, & raw. It is always incredible to experience art in which emotions & thoughts you have never even dared to share are reflected at you. There is so much depth, soul, blues, celebration, & just Blackness in this album. It is masterfully composed & you can hear all 4 years of the creation process in it. It features snippets from Master P, Mathew Knowles, & Miss Tina Lawson speaking about the experience of being Black in America. There are also collaborations with Lil Wayne, Sampha, The Dream, BJ The Chicago Kid, Kelly Rowland, Nia Andrews, Q Tip, & Kelela, along with contributions from Tweet, Moses Sumney, Sean Nicholas Savage, Devonte Hynes, & Lo. It is so good. Just so many layers of good, start to finish. An absolute must.
A Seat At The Table is available on all digital music platforms. It will be available physically later on in the year. Do yourself a favor & experience this. Go to solangemusic.com for the digital book that goes along with the album & includes lyrics as well as photos. Read the lyrics, they are so important. So grateful to Solange for this one, giving us what we need.