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A Seat at the Table

Solange

2016

A Seat at the Table

Album Summary

A Seat at the Table is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Solange. It was released on September 30, 2016, by Saint Records and Columbia Records. While recording the album, Solange released an EP, titled True (2012) and launched her own record label named Saint Records. Writing for the album began as early as 2008, while the recording sessions took place from 2013 to June 2016. Solange enlisted a variety of collaborators including rappers Lil Wayne and Q-Tip; singer-songwriters The-Dream, BJ the Chicago Kid, Kelly Rowland and Tweet; and musicians Sampha, Kelela and David Longstreth.A Seat at the Table was widely acclaimed by music critics and became Solange's first number-one album on the Billboard 200 in the United States, debuting with 46,000 copies sold (72,000 with additional album-equivalent units). The album's lead single, "Cranes in the Sky", won the Grammy for Best R&B Performance, becoming Solange's first Grammy nomination and win. In 2020, the album was ranked at 312 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

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Rating

3.11

Votes

4957

Genres

  • Pop
  • Soul
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Sat Apr 24 2021
1

Legit the most boring album I think I've heard on this list so far. Which is a shame, because the themes Solange sings about are so powerful, but bar Cranes in the Sky, I didn't like the album: there was so much disconnect between words of anger and despair and the slow tempo and repetitiveness of the music.

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Sat Apr 24 2021
1

How did she get a record deal, does she have a famous sister or something? I joke, but I don't find this good or memorable. Solange has a nice voice and the production is decent, but it's so one-note and no songs jump out. I get that the album is offering important social critcritique but because the music is so uninspiring the message doesn't hit home for me.

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Tue Nov 02 2021
1

Really gave this a try as had an opinion of her as just a pop stars sister, wish I hadn't as this is arty music for 12 year olds, no introspection or even a decent beat in the entire album.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
5

Okay, I really love this. I love the stories interspersed throughout. I love the musical style. I love the message. It’s just good all around.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

I still remember when this one dropped like it was yesterday. The audacity of Solange--I hadn't really heard from her since the banger that is "Losing You", and then suddenly she drops an album right up there with, if not beyond, the best work of her sister. What's her name again? Oh yeah, Beyonce. Of course, they aren't competition but I was so impressed with Solange's style displayed on here, it's got a delicate touch that reminds me of like D'Angelo or Erykah Badu, just a refreshing neo-soul cleanser to R&B that I think is always welcome. Her voice is subdued but has its own power, and the grooves throughout are so comforting. Not to mention the unwavering messages of Black empowerment that carry throughout. In a year stacked with so, so many incredible albums (2016 has yet to be matched in my opinion), she managed to get the top spot for a lot of people. Not me, but she made my list for sure. Hearing it again today, I wish I had a time machine to beat my own ass for not holding it in higher regard. This album is perfect, deal with it. Back to back 5's again, I don't mind. Favorite tracks: Junie, Don't Touch My Hair, Cranes in the Sky, Mad, Weary, FUBU. Album art: Absolutely love this picture. Hairclips looking like butterflies. She's got the thousand yard stare, the sort of jaded glare that says, without words, "don't touch my hair." 5/5

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Wed Jun 30 2021
5

Wow, what a cohesive, beautiful album. I had heard a couple of songs from this before, but listening to the whole thing through was such a treat. Powerful lyrics, beautiful atmospheric instrumentation, and great, smooth vocals.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
5

Every once in a while an album comes along that challenges and expands the notion of what an album can be. This is one of those albums. It's political, soothing, and is just so expansive that it's beyond classification. I didn't listen to this album when it was topping the end of the year lists in 2016 and I really should have been. It deserved its place at the top.

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Sat Oct 02 2021
5

Laid back and confident soul album that plays around with hip-hop, funk and world-music without feeling like it's trying to hard. Really good stuff.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

Rather enjoyed this one. Really like the atmosphere she builds, especially with layers of vocals. For the most part fairly spare in terms of arrangements with plenty of breathing room to hear everything distinctly in the mix. Has a pristine sort of sound but the basslines and drumbeats keep it from being too delicate. Love the mixture of aesthetics from different eras blended together. Sounds great on headphones. Appreciated the clips of speech used as interludes - really adds to the atmosphere and grounds it in reality with a dramatic power. Ignorantly, I had no idea she was Beyonce's sister! This is a 4.5 for me but man I think I'm going to round it up to 5 because I can't believe this one slipped past me! Super impressed. Thanks 1001!

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

Incredible production and songwriting throughout the entire album. Not every song catches my attention but it’s a very unique album that blends so many different influences that it completely becomes it’s own sound. 5/5

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

11/19/2021 Today's Album: "A Seat at the Table" by Solange - I did a little bit of research on this album when I was unable to actually listen to it and found out that Solange is Beyonce's younger sister and after listening to this album, it is obvious that the talent in the family doesn't stop at her big sister. This album was enjoyable from start to finish. Her subtle vocals, but harsh criticisms on race are complimented by simple, but effective lo-fi instrumentals that are some of the best produced ones that I have heard. The album almost flew by despite it's more than 50 minute runtime and I attribute that to the way this album kept my interest throughout the entire project. I was either appreciating her vocals, a lyric, an interesting addition to the instrumentals, or one of the biting racially charged interludes that split up the main tracklist. These interludes give the audience a clear message for the whole album, which is one of Solange choosing to not accept or take the time to learn of what America is because of how broken, unfair, and disrespectful America has been to her race. Songs like Mad, Don't you Wait, Don't Touch my Hair, and a many others all point to this idea of black culture being stepped on and abused by American systems and Solange's refusal to be okay with any of it or accept any of it. She pretty much talks to the entire white US population during the album as if she was talking about her relationship with a single person, which allows for a lot of interesting comments and critique. Overall, this album floored me. It was so subtle, but packed such a punch and every few seconds I was being surprised by a new sound, with everything sounding so organic and natural within the mix. Great vocals, great music, great message, and great vibes. This is a killer record for sure. Score: 9.5/10 A masterpiece Highlights: Essentially every non-interlude track

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

Thoughtful and thought provoking - a tour of ideas as well as musical styles and sounds.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

R&B, but sort of transcends genre convention. Inventive arrangements and feels very personal. Profound and groovy, which is a hard balance to strike!

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

This is a strong album from Solange, who emerged as her own force receiving critical praise and attention with this outing. Her voice soars and eases the listener into a smooth experience.

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Sat Jun 26 2021
4

Honestly hesitant to listen this album. Figured it wasn't my thing because I am in the minority with thinking this family is overrated. I was pleasantly surprised to learn how wrong I was. This was a great album with amazing rhythm and beats.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

Beautiful and powerful! Love how the interludes are worked in and add to the emotion of the music.

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Thu May 27 2021
4

I never would have heard this albumnif not for this project. I really enjoyed it. Great, jazzy, expressive singing, heartfelt lyrics and interesting arrangements 4 stars

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Sun Nov 07 2021
4

I didn’t realize how good of a voice solange had until I listened to this. This was mostly better than the Beyoncé album I got a while back just based off the voice and production. Every song was enjoyable but there were a few too many interludes. Fav songs: weary, don’t touch my hair

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

So is this Beyonce's sister? I am unclear who this is. On one hand, that's got to be tough. On another, what an opportunity to apparently discover her talent as well. This album has a smooth vibe. Solange's vocals are sweet and commanding. Cranes in the Sky and Mad are standout great tracks. Don't You Wait feels like it belongs in an awesome 80s action movie. Where Do We Go channels the Elton John - Bennie and the Jets punctuated piano. This album is a surprising delight!

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Her voice is stunning. Moments on this album are great, lovely harmonies, funky beats, sunny vibes, provocative lyrics, and I get that it speaks loudly politically. But generally theres not a lot of catchy melodies, and I think this flavour of funk/soul/rnb is not really my cup of tea. I want to like it more than I do, cos Solange is an icon.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
3

This is pretty great. Elegant arrangements, lovely vocals, with a strong message. It has a bit of a throwback quality. The flow of the album feels a little Janet or Lauryn Hill-ish, particularly with all the interludes. She actually overdid it with the interludes, but the album was enjoyable overall. Fave Songs: Junie, Weary, Don't Touch My Hair, Don't Wish Me Well

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

I think the cover of this album is just about the most perfect depiction of what I felt listening to this album. The vibe of the album is intentional, pure, sparsely adorned, and holds your attention. The beats and arrangements are generally mellow and ride somewhere between jazz, hip-hop, funk and R+B. The instrumentals themselves are subtle and provide the solid foundation for the vocals, which always take center stage. Stand out tracks for me include \"Weary\", \"Mad\" (where Lil Wayne contributed some genuinely heartfelt lines) and \"F.U.B.U\". My sense of engagement with the album was disrupted by the occasional track where Solange's vocals sounded thin or strained. \"Where Do We Go\" is one such example, where I almost felt myself needing a warm cup of water and to take some extra breaths. Not sure what that was about, because it seemed really uncharacteristic when considered against the rest of the album. That aside, I found the whole album to be really engaging and a welcomed introduction to an artist I'd never heard of before.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
2

This album is not a style I would normally listen to. And I found the album to be more interesting thematically than musically. The spoken tracks mixed in talking about the Black American experience was cool and was interesting to listen to. Honestly, if I was going to re-listen to this I'd consider just listening to the spoken sections. There were a few instrumental parts that made me perk up, generally when they pulled in some blues or funk elements. But it was never enough to keep me really interested through an entire song. I do like how the album flows in and out of the spoken bits into from one song to another. Overall, not much really stood out for me. I can't say that any song is bad, just that I found it musically uninteresting. Favorite Songs: Cranes in the sky

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Mon Nov 22 2021
2

Acoustic r'n'b with below average melodies, a welcome first appearance from Lil Wayne on any album on this list, some sporadically fabulous drums and bass, and interludes that don't just add gestalt but also the best arrangements on the album--which is a bit weird.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
2

Barb couldn’t think of anything she liked about it, when I asked her. I think it’s interesting in the beats and grooves.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
1

Something reminds me Beyoncé, look of vocalist, some of the songs. But this probably not my type of music. Slowly and quietly. And I haven't liked that short interludes between songs in the album. Cranes in the Sky music video, 10/10.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
1

Not my cup of tea. Appreciate the messages throughout the album but the music didn't captivate me in the least. Looked forward to it ending. 1/5

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Tue Oct 12 2021
1

Same beat on every song. Possibly the most forgettable album of all time?

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Fri Oct 15 2021
1

More modern R&B. This album at least is trying to use more interesting instrumentation than some of the others on this list - it's just like other albums on the list similar to this - THERE'S NO TUNES. More interesting / random instrumentation can't make up for the fact that this music is dull. Either I'm getting too old or this music really is as shit as I think it is. And it can't be me. It's the children who are wrong. Best Tracks: Rise; Weary; F.U.B.U.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
1

Not my kind of music.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
1

Not my style

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Tue Nov 30 2021
1

Absolutely terrible modern R&B.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
1

Pleasant, but immediately forgettable.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
1

I hate interludes. Hard to hear lyrics, too soft voice

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Thu Jan 06 2022
1

The politest thing to say is that this album and style of music is not my thing at all. Losing You from Solanges previous album is a great pop tune. There is nothing on this mid paced dreary r&b follow up that comes anywhere close. The interludes are annoying and the guests do nothing to add to the record. No idea how this could be in the best 1001 anything! One star is generous!

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Tue Jan 11 2022
1

Lyrically was ok, musically it ended and spotify moved on to 4 different artist and I didn't even notice!

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Thu Feb 24 2022
1

What? Why? Just why is this in the list? I can only assume that the collator of the list has some kind of deep love for warbling vibrato.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
5

absolutely love this, listened to it independently for the better part of 2 days

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Tue Apr 27 2021
5

Der Albumtitel sagt ja alles – Politik und Lässigkeit in Perfektion. All diese potenziellen Mega-Banger genau so so zurückzuhalten und einzuzäumen wie die Wut, ist Ausdruck einer Kontrolle, bei der sich jeder weiße Mann in die Hose kacken sollte. Ich guck mal kurz, ob ich Bremsspuren habe.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
5

Not an album I would have picked out but boy I'm glad I've listened its outstanding.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

it was amazing better r&b then shit i use to listen

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Sun Aug 22 2021
5

This album was so soulful and smooth. I loved all of it, but my favourite songs are Weary, Cranes In The Sky, Mad featuring Lil Wayne and Don't Touch My Hair. 5/5 stars.

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Sat Oct 09 2021
5

One of the great spiritual balms in this life

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Tue Oct 26 2021
5

Deep and funky. Beyonce might be the Queen, but Solange is amazing.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
5

Aktivisme pakket ind i lækre beats og en vild vokal. R'n'B lige i face. Det er simpelthen bare et virkelig, virkelig godt album!

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

Shocked I hadn't heard any of this before, but what a damn beautiful voice.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

Beautiful and unexpected delight. Will relisten for sure

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

This album is so generous and heartfelt, I love it.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

Old favorite of mine!

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

I love this album a lot. The vocals are sweet, I love the instrumentation, the guest artists are fun, and it is an album with no breaks, more plz

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Wed Dec 22 2021
5

Brilliant.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

ITS HAPPENING. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. This is one of my favorite albums of all time. When this came out I was just getting into more R&B for the first time and it changed the way I listened to music. I remember listening to this while eating lunch in an enclave at the Nationwide building and then again while working. And then on the drive home. I can’t speak highly enough about this album. Favorite Songs are Weary, Cranes in the Sky, Don't You Wait, Don't Touch My Hair, Where Do We Go From Here, Borderline, Junie, and Don’t Wish Me Well. Basically the entire album is my favorite.

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Sun Jan 16 2022
5

@SHACK says he enjoyed when she punched Jay Z in the face. That's my review. 'ACK.

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Sat Feb 12 2022
5

Pleasantly surprised. Has a really good vibe and super easy to listen to. Melodic and chill.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

Loved everything about it! Good songs, good interludes, great lyrics, etc

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Sat Mar 12 2022
5

It took me 3 seconds on the first song to know this was worth 5 stars.

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Tue Apr 05 2022
5

One of my favorite albums ever! It all flows together perfectly and has such interesting and important commentary.

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Wed May 25 2022
5

nice family

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Mon Jun 06 2022
5

completely amazing

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

an all-time favourite. hands down. masterpiece.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

Beautiful. Insightful, Celebratory, Sadness all in one

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

Better than Beyonce. Come at me hive.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
5

I have loved some of Solange’s songs - she has some incredible dance remixes that can rip up a dance floor. But I had not idea what lay in store for me on this album. What songs! Deeply personal and moving. Intimate. Honest. Incredible. The music is smooth without being boring. It was engaging and it slowed me down and pulled me deeper into the lyrics. Speaking of lyrics - the thoughts and feelings being expressed take this to an entirely different level. Absolutely amazing accomplishment and a wonderful gift from Solange.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
5

Wow! Smooth and personal. A great listen this morning.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
5

This was definitely a pleasant surprise for me. I have never had any motivation to check out any tunes by Solange. This album was a real treat though. A smooth funk groove with meaningful lyrical content. I really enjoyed it!!

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Wed Nov 02 2022
5

Did not expect to like as much as I did

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

This is clearly a great album. Soulful and full of groove!

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

Good. I have heard of this artist and I have seen this album cover around. Glad I got to listen to it because I enjoyed it and it was good. The features were all good, along with the songs.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

2016: Cranes in the Sky, F.U.B.U, Mad

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

Pretty great blend of r&b, soul, and jazz. Definitely would listen again, and am interested in their other work as well. I'm not sure I can punch it through to 5 stars, but it's a high 4 for sure.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
4

Musik passt sehr gut zum Cover: klar, rein, bisschen edgy aber nicht so dass es das Pop-Publikum verstören würde. Hab ich mal auf großer Bühne live gesehen und wie empfand das alles wie gleichzeitig kaltes klares, aber auch warmes und wohltuendes Wasser. Pastellig aber crisp. Gefällt mir gut und bekommt 3,6 Punkte.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
4

Welch Talent, gepaart mit göttlicher Stimme, variantenreichem Instrumentengerüst, das sicher live auch sehr gut diese in Schönheit verwandelte Wut und Trauer wiedergeben vermag. Bei ihr könnte ich Björk‘hafte Genie Verehrung verstehen; ihre Kunst ist nicht einfach eine Demonstration ihres Könnens, sondern zudem embracing & heartwarming gestaltet, dass ich als seltener Tourist dieses R&B Genres mich gern länger in ihrer Nähe aufhalten möchte. Angenehme 4.1

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Sat May 29 2021
4

Enjoyed this. Its like an Autobiography. the sons are intensely personal. delivered in a funky style of later Prince (especially on "junie". It has moments of intensity "Weary" and also vulnerability on "where do we go". Its a great album. Just a little sad as its mostly about being black in america. 4/5

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

Very nice

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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

R&B sofisticado y moderno, voz melosa sin dejar de ser poderosa. A ratos funky, a ratos triphopero. Gran disco.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

Laaverly

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Tue May 04 2021
4

Richtig guter rnb.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

Erykah Badu vibes. SOulful and chill. Will listen to more of her material.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

Første album av en artist jeg ikke en gang har hørt om, og for en positiv overraskelse! Sterk rød tråd om rasisme og afroamerikansk kultur, over en smakfull blanding av soul, RnB og hip-hop. Denne glir rett inn på lesesalsrotasjonen min. Beste låter: F.U.B.U., Weary, Mad (på tross av lil wayne)

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

Really great album! I usually don't love interludes but it seems they were very intentionally placed here. I can't believe I've never listened to Solange before- she has a lovely voice!

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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

Very nice and melancholic moods this album put me in. Didn't know about any of the songs but ill listen to it much much more in the near future.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

Yesss please

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Mon May 24 2021
4

Only made it halfway through (busy day) but what I heard was stellar. Giving a higher rating based on what I heard and will definitely go back to finish. Very fun R&B sound, real laid back but gets its message across loud and clear. Lots of power here!

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

Definitely a repeat listen

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

‘Don’t You Wait’ is a gem. This album is in the same arena as D’Angelo’s ‘Voodoo’ for me. Understated but powerful R&B and a celebration of Black culture.

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Sun Jul 18 2021
4

Layered, built on so many that have come before and original

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

I like this album a lot. Really glad it’s on the list.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

I wish I would’ve listened to this sooner. Chill as hell.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

Weirdly I really liked the interludes on this. I guess they'd get old on repeated listens but normally the interludes on these albums are annoying from the get go. Music was alright too.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

very good - shame about most of the interludes. 4

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Mon Aug 16 2021
4

You can glean so much insight about others from an album like that. Some good music also

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Sat Sep 04 2021
4

One of the best of the past few years, hard to believe it's Beyonce's sister. Cranes in the Sky probably my favourite

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Que descoberta interessante. Ótima opção de soul para noite.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

This is a modern masterpiece and it deserves much more of my attention.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

intro to songs is annoying, but some really great R&B bangers in the mix.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

Definitely a deserved classic of the 2010s. Powerful and catchy album with an absolutely STACKED set of collaborators.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

Splendid

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

1 Song gehört, Zeit für ein Fazit: es ist nicht alles verloren im Musikbusiness des 21. Jahrhunderts. Das Album ist ein bisschen zu lang geraten und das übermäßige Gequatsche nervt. Ein hochmusikalisches Album, dem meiner Ansicht nach ein echter Hit fehlt. Zu gut für 3 ⭐️.

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Sat Oct 23 2021
4

For some reason I listened when this came out and not since. Not sure why as I played this twice through today and it’s brilliant. Will be playing regularly from here.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

Interesting mix of music. Not particularly my tastes but nice, car radio is getting worse and worse… ;(

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

Løkker nutidig rnb, lidt funk/soul præget, vild vokal, god sangskrivning, masser af interludes

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

damn du god girl

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

Smooth, soulful album with thoughtful interludes.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

good vibes, good voice, all chill.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Great vocals and love the beats. Some really fantastic song writing to bring it all together.

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Sun Nov 14 2021
4

Good stuff - my style

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

Some really good tunes. I find the monologues a bit "heard it before". Voice sounds very derivative

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

Starts off dreamy and complex. Drones a bit towards the end. Terrific R&B album.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

6th December 2021 Started on the 6th but finished on the 7th on the living room speaker while putting the weekly briefing together. Really pleasantly surprised by this - more soulful than I expected and has a timeless quality to it, Solange has taken her lead from greats.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

I love this album. I love the sound of it, I love the tunes, the choices are just top notch. She had to have written some of Beyonce's Lemonade, right? And for that matter - where is Lemonade on this list? Offspring was on this list and we haven't hit Lemonade yet? Psssshhhhhh.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

Smooth, emotional, and creative. I love it, I just love it!

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Sat Jan 08 2022
4

102. A Seat at the Table - Solange 21 tracks. Knew nothing about her, but this is good. Her vocals really marry up well with the music. Chilled funky soul is just what I needed on this sunny Sunday afternoon. Clapping hands sign Will listen to more of her. Thumbs up 4/5

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Sat Jan 08 2022
4

I didn't know such powerful albums existed in the decade. Simple album with great lyricism Never heard of Solange before but now i do and will start following her work.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
4

Solange is good. Always impressed with the pipes.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

Production on this is stellar. Maybe the gold standard for modern r&b/neo-soul.

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Sat Jan 22 2022
4

R&B was such a big genre in the 2000's with acts such as Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Usher, and of course Destiny's Child dominating the music scene. But as the 2010's began, EDM stormed the scene and swayed some R&B artists away. But of course, a genre doesn't just die, it evolves no matter the circumstances. And sure enough, a different form of R&B emerged. Because aside from EDM, another separate element is currently storming the scene: minimalism. These are just my observations though, and it's certainly evident in the 2016 R&B album, "A Seat at the Table" by Solange, the younger sister of pop star and former member of Destiny's Child Beyoncé. Just like most R&B songs, it tackles themes such as anger, injustice, violence, alcoholism, etc. but it sounds chill, too chill even. Like... sitting at a seat on the table. Perhaps that is what this is all about: "let's sit at a table together and talk about some issues" instead of "I'M GONNA SCREAM ALL OF THE INJUSTICES AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS BECAUSE I'M ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHOSE VOICES ARE SUBDUED!". Also notable is its minimalist yet slick and passionate sound. Solange's voice is so beautiful and the production and instrumentals are all fascinating. These elements saved the album from being an elevator music-like mess like Thundercat's "Drunk". But still, it's hard to stay engaged with such music. I find the latter half boring, but perhaps because I've been sitting on that seat at the table for too long at that point. But at least, it ENGAGED me. And it impressed me as well.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

groovy goopy r&b pop and heartfelt emotions around race relations

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

As someone who doesn't really like R&B that much, and generally dislikes Beyonce whole cloth, this album is EXCELLENT. The songs and interludes fit together really well, and the entire thing has a lovely melodic cohesiveness. It is passionate while still being smooth and laid back.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

4.2 + A mature and almost methodical exploration of the black experience that still feels deeply introspective and personal. I love the hushed beauty on tracks like "Rise" and "Don't Touch My Hair." There are some remarkable collaborations here, notably with Lil Wayne and Sampha. Solange sounds in full command, and punches with emotional clarity and intellectual heft.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

Not what I expected, soul with a hip-hop edge. Much more subdued and subtle than her sister's more bombastic work.

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Sat Mar 12 2022
4

Heard it already. Solid album

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

Eto me nazad i bas mi je drago jer ovaj album je takvo vajbanje!! Šetnja po suncu i solange, jako opuštajuća kombinacija

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

first listen a good cultural exchange

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Fri May 27 2022
4

pretty rnb

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

4/5

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

This was a real smooth listen. A more consistent atmosphere than Beyoncé's self titled album which I got on here recently and can't help but compare it with. It could definitely benefit from more than two play throughs... I liked the interludes a lot - gave the whole thing a kinda documentary air... Fave track - "F.U.B.U.", maybe? Or "Cranes in the Sky"? I need more listens for a proper standout to stand out...

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Sun Jun 26 2022
4

Typical problem here of critiquing something that is clearly (and very explicitly)made to celebrate and uplift a culture I’m not a member of. I liked it, anyway, and appreciated the artistry, though at times it seemed more like extended meditations than songs. Maybe by design, what do I know.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

Would listen again

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Sun Jul 10 2022
4

Lovely vibes, chilled. Great album.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

Not sure what to call this. At times it reminds me of some of Joni Mitchell's work, but at other times it is too pop for this. While I understand the feeling behind the the protest element, this is a little overdone and causes a disonance that could have been avoided without weakening the message.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
4

Went downhill from 5☆ to 3☆

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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

A Seat at the Table arrived at a neverending turning point in the discussion of what it means to be Black in America, especially a Black woman. Featuring poignant stories told by relatives and out of the box narrators (No Limit's Master P), A Seat at the Table serves as Solange's long overdue coming out party as an artist whose merits and credentials are worthy of appraisal, appreciation and anticipation for what comes next. Favorites: Rise, Weary, Cranes in the Sky, Don't You Wait, Interlude: Tina Taught Me, Don't Touch My Hair, F.U.B.U., Junie, Don't Wish Me Hair, Scales.

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Sun Aug 07 2022
4

A delightful and soulful record. I can see myself putting this on in the background for numerous occasions.

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Tue Aug 16 2022
4

супер приятный альбом, под который классно немного подэнсить а еще интермедии меня очень порадовали, люблю такое

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

I have never really gave Solange a listen before, and definitely this album because of its release year. I regret not hearing this before. Such a chill album and a great artist, must be in the bloodline.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Wish there were more female artists on this list. Solange is such a stunning singer. Tina's interlude! Preach! Beautiful vibe

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

j'aime le rnb

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

La sis est douée

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

god it’s good 8.5/10

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

excellent

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

I liked the interludes throughout Cool lofi, R+B vibes Nothing wrong with this album but I'm confident I'll forget about it Great background vibes

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Sun Sep 25 2022
4

I remember liking this

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

I really enjoyed this album, though it did grow a bit stale. 4/5

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

Never heard this artist before. Delicate, enchanting, soulful and heartfelt. Love the groove running all the way through this album. Solange has a beautiful voice... crystalline, it gets better with every track.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

The songs and the interludes are very effective storytelling

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

Good R&B album. Very easily listenable

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Sun Oct 09 2022
4

This is a wonderful example of an album I wouldn't have listened to if it weren't for this project, and one I feel enriched for hearing. It was personal and interesting. I liked Solange's voice (in both meanings) and hearing the stories from her parents. Absolute appreciation. It's not the only soul-baring-over-slow-beats album we've listened to, but it's one I enjoyed more than others (even if it's still not going to be a "go to" record or genre for me). And wow, what a cover picture! Amazing.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

Prima, jazzy, gevarieerd

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Sat Oct 22 2022
4

Cool chill mellow I like

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

Brilliant listen, very strong middle section too. Fav track: Mad

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Tue Oct 25 2022
4

10/24/22 Enjoyed this a lot more this time around than in 2016. I like how softly and carefully she sings. Great lil Wayne verse too.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Kinda R&B/Alicia Keys/India Arie type of a sound. Don't hear this type of music much these days (sounded more like late 1990s), so it was a refreshing change from the typical alternative tunes these days.

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Tue Nov 01 2022
4

A smooth subtle and subtle album with interludes that integrate rather than irritate. Good to chill out to. This all makes for a pleasant cruise down the runway, but somehow it never quite takes off...

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

I was turned on to this album right after it came out. She played at BAM where my Beyonce-loving buddy worked and he dared utter the words, "I think she's better than Beyonce." Now I'm not going to challenge or agree with that statement. But I'll say that this album immediately enticed me; whereas when another good friend (Michaela!) said she couldn't stop playing Lemonade (which came out the same year as this album), I simply couldn't even get it started. Not the case with Solange's A Seat at the Table. Cranes in the Sky hooked me in real quick. The interludes are great vignettes of African-American culture. The cover--she's Gorgeous!

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

I enjoyed this — dug the positive, provocative, no apologies nature of the material. The cameos and interstitials created a narrative feel to the album — this seems designed to be listened to as a whole. It's an album that will require more listens to fully appreciate, and I'll circle back to Solange. This was my introduction. Thanks Merryanne's Sound Machine!

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Sun Nov 06 2022
4

A very cohesive album, definitely worth a listen.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

interessante devo dire. Non male, non un capolavoro, ma 4 stelle le merita.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
4

Neo soul. Está bien. Un 4.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
4

Not too bad. Would listen to again.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

Perfect album for a chill morning, really got me in the right mindset to get some work done. Listened through twice!

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Interesting album I would have never otherwise listened to. I dug the political tones of it; felt genuine. Not my favorite genre, but a good listen. I'll probably never listen to it again, but I get why it's highly regarded in the genre.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

Soulful and understated. Not up my alley, but could easily listen again. 3.5

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

I didn't know anything from Solange after Destiny Child and this is a very good album. Remembers me Alicia Keys and this is great!

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Sat May 29 2021
3

Bit boring

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

A very good album to listen through. Not so much actual ear worms, but just good listening.

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Sat Mar 13 2021
3

Hoewel ik toe was aan iets moderns, doet dit me niet zoveel.

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Sat Mar 13 2021
3

Mooie plaat, heel sereen met een fijne flow. Relaxt om te luisteren op een lome werkdag op vrijdag

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Fri May 28 2021
3

Better than I remembered. I think if it was on its own, it's 4*. But as one of the best albums of all time, 🤔. Slow, jazzy, meandering. Better in headphones.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

Interesting. Thought-provoking in that it made me think about how many different genres there are and how artists can be successful in genres without me ever hearing of them or hearing their songs.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
3

I heard her 2019 album but don't remember much about it. Somehow, I never realised she's Beyonce's sister! Anyhow, this record was surprisingly good. Lovely soft but powerful vocals. Smooth and cool contemporary R&B / neo-soul sound. Unfortunately, there are a number of things letting this down. First, shitty rap features. I love hip-hop, but hate the trend of getting rappers to chuck random verses into a pop/R&B record. And in this case... Lil Wayne? Really? Someone felt Lil Wayne is what this album was missing?? (Sadly, I think her 2019 record suffered even more from "guest spot syndrome".) Second problem is that the spoken interludes about African-American experience are really interesting, but make the album feel fragmented and bloated. Overall, the great moments on this made me long for her to make a more focused album that properly showcases her voice and aesthetic. 3.5/5

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Tue May 04 2021
3

Cool produziert, schönes Album

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

Bonita voz,letras crudas

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

Chill album! Flott kompanjong til koding og generell jobbing. Hyggelig med litt visdomsord mellom slagene. Likevel ikke noe jeg vil hørt på så mye ellers. Beste sanger: Don't Touch My Hair, Where Do We Go.

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Sat Apr 24 2021
3

Pleasant enough listen. Again, not a bad album but not one I'll be reaching for any time soon.

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Sat Apr 24 2021
3

ooh

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

Quite Enjoyed it. Bit too preachy for my taste, but enjoyed it just the same,

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

An ok listen, not too much a fan of the genre, but can see a bit of Alicia Keyes in the album. Some of the interludes made the album flow nicely, and kind of put me into a dreamlike state, and raised some still valid socio-political points (2021) However I struggled to take Solange seriously as she will always be Camille from "Bring it On: All or Nothing" to me. Best: Cranes in the Sky Worst: Mad (Feat. Lil Wayne)

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Fri May 14 2021
3

Not the kind of album I'd usually listen to but quite good

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

I'm definitely not the target audience for this but there were some good tracks on here, if anything the second half of the album was more musically engaging than the first. If I could relate to it more lyrically I would rate it higher.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

nothing special

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

I enjoyed this. Sounded pretty similar to her older sis but still interesting

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Mon Sep 27 2021
3

3/5 - Talented, but repetitive album

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

Good

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Fri Oct 01 2021
3

I never knew Solange til now.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

This was pretty good! Great vocals and had a flow that worked well as music while working.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
3

Mjög næs chill fílingur, falleg rödd

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

A well-produced but somewhat lifeless R&B album. For all of the interludes talking about struggle and putting it into music, the actual music on this album never had the strength or emotional power to make it "real" to me.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
3

Non-pop RnB with highly inventive rhythm and melodic structures. Causing echoes of psych pop. Less strident and more indie voice than her sister.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
3

Not my usual genre of music but I can appreciate it for what it is. A very good album

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

Pretty good pop/R&B. Not a genre I get into personally, but I can see it being a 4*+ if you're into R&B. I've heard "Cranes in the Sky", but the rest are new. Just not my style, but it's quite good. I like the little instrumental flourishes, well produced.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

I liked the album when it came out, and I like it now. Downtempo, extremely chill, still nicely modern-sounding. I could have done without the skits. They offer structure to the record which it probably needs but clash with the rest of the content.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
3

Interesting concept and some nice tunes, but really just floated past me.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
3

Starts off promising, but I kind of lost interest after 2 or 3 songs. Not a bad R&B album by any means, but it never really grabbed me.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

Great Afro music

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Sat Dec 25 2021
3

Plenty clever and well produced but a bit slick for me

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

It's incredibly hard for me to like an album that has a song that says "if you don't like this album, it's not for you." Seems like a participation trophy attitude.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
3

Love her voice. Quite a bit here that I really enjoyed on this rather downbeat offering, but a little too much filler to nudge it into 'repeat' territory. And those interludes - man, why spell things out like that? Show, don't tell!

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

HOT TAKE: Solange's album is better than the Beyoncé album on this list. As Vincent Vega would say, that's a bold statement, one I don't actually believe as Solange doesn't quite work the hooks like Beyoncé can. Serious shades of the late Minnie Riperton here, which makes for a rather enjoyable listen. Maybe if Solange stuck to the songs and wasn't so preachy she might completely get away from her sister's shadow.

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Sun Jan 16 2022
3

When I think of Solange, I can only think of that time I fisted Beyonce in the ass for half an hour. She exploded.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
3

a clear album drivne forward by the BLM movement. Its decent R&B and i think the value added would be the personal stories told inbetween the songs but i dont think it makes it a great album from a musical standpoint

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