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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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
Thoughtful and thought provoking - a tour of ideas as well as musical styles and sounds.
R&B, but sort of transcends genre convention. Inventive arrangements and feels very personal. Profound and groovy, which is a hard balance to strike!
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.
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.
Beautiful and powerful! Love how the interludes are worked in and add to the emotion of the music.
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
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Barb couldn’t think of anything she liked about it, when I asked her. I think it’s interesting in the beats and grooves.
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.
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
Same beat on every song. Possibly the most forgettable album of all time?
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.
Not my kind of music.
Not my style
Absolutely terrible modern R&B.
Pleasant, but immediately forgettable.
I hate interludes. Hard to hear lyrics, too soft voice
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!
Lyrically was ok, musically it ended and spotify moved on to 4 different artist and I didn't even notice!
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.
absolutely love this, listened to it independently for the better part of 2 days
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.
Not an album I would have picked out but boy I'm glad I've listened its outstanding.
it was amazing better r&b then shit i use to listen
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.
One of the great spiritual balms in this life
Deep and funky. Beyonce might be the Queen, but Solange is amazing.
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!
Shocked I hadn't heard any of this before, but what a damn beautiful voice.
Beautiful and unexpected delight. Will relisten for sure
This album is so generous and heartfelt, I love it.
Old favorite of mine!
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
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.
@SHACK says he enjoyed when she punched Jay Z in the face. That's my review. 'ACK.
Pleasantly surprised. Has a really good vibe and super easy to listen to. Melodic and chill.
Loved everything about it! Good songs, good interludes, great lyrics, etc
It took me 3 seconds on the first song to know this was worth 5 stars.
One of my favorite albums ever! It all flows together perfectly and has such interesting and important commentary.
This is clearly a great album. Soulful and full of groove!
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.
2016: Cranes in the Sky, F.U.B.U, Mad
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.
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.
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
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
R&B sofisticado y moderno, voz melosa sin dejar de ser poderosa. A ratos funky, a ratos triphopero. Gran disco.
Richtig guter rnb.
Erykah Badu vibes. SOulful and chill. Will listen to more of her material.
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)
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!
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.
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!
Definitely a repeat listen
‘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.
Layered, built on so many that have come before and original
I like this album a lot. Really glad it’s on the list.
I wish I would’ve listened to this sooner. Chill as hell.
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.
very good - shame about most of the interludes. 4
You can glean so much insight about others from an album like that. Some good music also
One of the best of the past few years, hard to believe it's Beyonce's sister. Cranes in the Sky probably my favourite
Que descoberta interessante. Ótima opção de soul para noite.
This is a modern masterpiece and it deserves much more of my attention.
intro to songs is annoying, but some really great R&B bangers in the mix.
Definitely a deserved classic of the 2010s. Powerful and catchy album with an absolutely STACKED set of collaborators.
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 ⭐️.
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.
Interesting mix of music. Not particularly my tastes but nice, car radio is getting worse and worse… ;(
Løkker nutidig rnb, lidt funk/soul præget, vild vokal, god sangskrivning, masser af interludes
damn du god girl
Smooth, soulful album with thoughtful interludes.
good vibes, good voice, all chill.
Great vocals and love the beats. Some really fantastic song writing to bring it all together.
Good stuff - my style
Some really good tunes. I find the monologues a bit "heard it before". Voice sounds very derivative
Starts off dreamy and complex. Drones a bit towards the end. Terrific R&B album.
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.
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.
Smooth, emotional, and creative. I love it, I just love it!
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
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.
Production on this is stellar. Maybe the gold standard for modern r&b/neo-soul.
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.
groovy goopy r&b pop and heartfelt emotions around race relations
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.
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.
Not what I expected, soul with a hip-hop edge. Much more subdued and subtle than her sister's more bombastic work.
Heard it already. Solid album
Eto me nazad i bas mi je drago jer ovaj album je takvo vajbanje!! Šetnja po suncu i solange, jako opuštajuća kombinacija
first listen a good cultural exchange
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.
Soulful and understated. Not up my alley, but could easily listen again. 3.5
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!
A very good album to listen through. Not so much actual ear worms, but just good listening.
Hoewel ik toe was aan iets moderns, doet dit me niet zoveel.
Mooie plaat, heel sereen met een fijne flow. Relaxt om te luisteren op een lome werkdag op vrijdag
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.
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.
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
Cool produziert, schönes Album
Bonita voz,letras crudas
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.
Pleasant enough listen. Again, not a bad album but not one I'll be reaching for any time soon.
Quite Enjoyed it. Bit too preachy for my taste, but enjoyed it just the same,
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)
Not the kind of album I'd usually listen to but quite good
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.
I enjoyed this. Sounded pretty similar to her older sis but still interesting
3/5 - Talented, but repetitive album
I never knew Solange til now.
This was pretty good! Great vocals and had a flow that worked well as music while working.
Mjög næs chill fílingur, falleg rödd
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.
Non-pop RnB with highly inventive rhythm and melodic structures. Causing echoes of psych pop. Less strident and more indie voice than her sister.
Not my usual genre of music but I can appreciate it for what it is. A very good album
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.
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.
Interesting concept and some nice tunes, but really just floated past me.
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.
Great Afro music
Plenty clever and well produced but a bit slick for me
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.
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!
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.
When I think of Solange, I can only think of that time I fisted Beyonce in the ass for half an hour. She exploded.
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
Прикольная жвачка, но быстро надоела.
Tenía grandes esperanzas en este álbum porque siempre han puesto por las nubes a Solange y yo nunca había escuchado nada suyo. Tras este primer acercamiento me he quedado algo tibio. Siento que nuestra amiga se centra en demostrar que ella también es una diva como Mariah Carey o Alicia Keys, como si con cada canción quisiera decir: «eh, que mi hermana no es la única en la familia que sabe cantar»; por eso el disco está plagado de florituras vocales, como si eso añadiese musicalidad por sí mismo. Aun así, se aprecia elegancia y buen gusto en todos los cortes, incluidos los interludios, que están llenos de asertividad. Un disco uniforme y bien hilado, en el que no destaca ninguna cosa por encima de otra.
sick wayne feature
Some alright songs but there's way too many interludes which absolutely kills the pacing of the album.
Not my style, but not bad overall.
Reminds me of a smaller-scale, more intimate version of FKA Twigs' LP1. Smaller-scale tracks rich in lush production are complemented well by meaningful, socially-focused interludes that give a loose sense of narrative without distracting from the album's flow.
A Seat the Table by Solange (2016) This smooth R&B 52-minute testimonial-laden therapy session is an elaborate product with 55 artists, producers, and engineers listed in the credits. It’s not so much entertainment as it is a manifesto of an aggrieved corporate soul. And its art is profound, but it’s limited by thematic isolation—fixated on the elephant in the room. And there is an elephant. And it is in the room. Musically inventive, exploring chords and melodies like we’ve likely never heard, with a soothing flavor, even on songs reflecting on the detrimental effects of sustained but justifiable anger, this album is very easy to listen to, but very hard to embrace. It is comfortable, but not comforting. Pulsing beats predominate, with elegant vocal harmonies, and absolutely no hesitation in utilizing the widest possible tonal range on every track. Very well done. The music is beautiful; Solange’s voice is angelic. The message is understandably cathartic, but it’s obsessive. It makes the listener want to hear what’s beyond this, with an eagerness to move forward. Her next album, When I Get Home (2019), is indeed better. 3/5
I’m not the target market here, decent background play
Again, not for me, but was nice to listen to.
Second listen needed
So this is basically neo soul AFAIK, pretty lo-fi. Made by Beyoncé’s sister. Seems to be a concept album about the black American experience. This one was a pleasant listen. Solange had a great voice, which was really nice to listen to, but there’s not a massive amount of differentiation between the songs, particularly in an emotional sense. I feel like this album could do with being about 10-15 minutes shorter, then it’s Spiel wouldn’t get old so fast. They’re pretty basic stuff, nothing groundbreaking here. The concept of the album was interesting, though I would be surprised if this concept wasn’t well-covered ground in music. Instrumentation here is pretty basic. There’s these spoken word interludes which break up the songs. It’s nice how the album flows through these, making the whole thing sound like a cohesive project. A couple of these were pretty interesting anecdotes. However, I feel like spoken word stuff in general wears thin after several listens, so detracts from the longevity of the album. Overall I think another upper 2.5 stars. This wasn’t bad. But there wasn’t really enough to attract me for further listens.
Definitely message HEAVY. The vignettes and songs definitely paint a picture which definitely delivers on what Solange wants. The music is fine, but uneventful. Nothing memorable but nothing difficult o listen to either.
It's unique. An interlude or commentary after each song. However, the bass is so overwhelming that it seems to detract from the album itself. I think it could use a bit of tuning down.
Okej ovo je sestra od Beyonce… Bila je dobra atmosfera dok san slušala album. Al ničim nije odskakala
a ništa posebno, malo mi je dosadnjikav al ima ugodan glas pa evo
I spent my last review mentioning Pitchfork, and now here comes their critical darling Solange. Once again, I can't quite picture what the fuss with this laidback modern r'n'b album is all about, at least musically speaking. It's not that the music is bad: some arrangements are subtle and pleasantly intricate. And in a way, I can get *why* the whole aesthetics of this record are quite subdued throughout its course (more on that later). It's just that those aesthetics are a little too unobtrusive for my tastes. *A Seat At The Table* is no trip hop, that's for sure--it's not mesmerizing or repetitive enough. I wonder how it would have sounded if it had included more influences like that... I guess the whole idea behind this album was that the music should fit with the confessional atmosphere of the vocals while also retaining an alurring canvas on which Solange can brush very socially-conscious lyrics. So what we have here is *smooth* protest music, with very idiosyncratic ways to cover the grounds on which African-Americans view where they come from and who they are today. But even if it's *smooth*, it's protest music nonetheless. Which means that the lyrics are worth it, no doubt about that. And so is Solange's mellifluous performance, of course (I'm less convinced by the guest vocals, but they're a minor presence anyway). Some very clear emotions seep through such a performance, Solange perfectly understanding how to convey her views in a manner that's quite diginified and graceful. As Old Bob said, the times, they are-a changing, they did change in the past, and they are changing now. Such bridges between past and present are the ones Solange wants to build here. So, yes, *A Seat At The Table* is a record with that sort of ambition, and it should be commended as such. But to return to the music, I'd be lying if I said nothing rubs me the wrong way in it. On the paper, I still think the intent is marvellous. But I'm not so sure about the execution, though. Oddly enough, I wish Solange had taken a page from her elder (and more famous) sister's book when it comes to hooks and choruses. I don't mean she should necessarily have gone to the sort of pop extremes Beyonce Knowles is known for. Yet I feel like some middle ground would have made a stronger impression on me, and probably on many other listeners too, beyond music critic circles. In the meantime, I will leave this album the benefit of the doubt with a three-star grading, just because the lyrical contents are really personal AND interesting AND relevant when it comes to current topics. Maybe I just need more time to understand its music. This situation reminds me of Beyonce's *Lemonade*, actually, another critics' choice that left me a little nonplussed during the last decade... Yet even if I'm nonplussed, I get the picture somehow. After its heyday in the nineties and the naughts, "modern" r'n'b seems to go through an existential crisis of some kind, and as a result, It would be tempting to apply the prefix "post-" to it while listening to *Lemonade*, *A Seat At The Table*, or records such as Frank Ocean's *Blonde*, for instance. The only problem for me here is that such prefix wouldn't fully explain why artists and producers of such ilk are *also* having quite a hard time penning a melody that's memorable. Concept isn't everything in music. If it was, records would be... books. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 946 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 24 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 15 (including this one) Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important to me): 16
An OK hip-hop/soul record with some overlays of spoken word. Some important messages, but musically not a groundbreaking or particularly interesting album.
A lot of emotion on this one. I can for sure understand why it’s on the list. Not sure I would listen often due to it being more serious but it was good!
Pretty good, doesn't stand out.
interesting quirky sound. pretty good.
Good album, I don't get much of the hate on the reviews. It's quite enjoyable, do I think it belongs on the list? No.
Some nice sounds
Really not for me
De plaat is voorbij gekabbeld tijdens het werk zonder dat ik me er echt bewust van werd.
Best aardig, maar ga 'm toch nooit meer draaien...
Isn’t music supposed to stir different emotions? This is cold and soulless- no doubting the voice but that voice needs better songs
Black music for black people.
Sounds great but we’re are the songs? Didn’t hate it but immediately forgot it. Fur coat no knickers
Et album man hører på i et bortgjemt rom når man planlegger revolusjon. Ikke helt min type musikk, litt for kjedelig egentlig. Alt for lite trøkk.
While I didn't enjoy the music I did think it had a great message and really enjoyed the vocal interludes. 6.3/10
This was an ok album. Not necessarily into the genre of music
I liked the concept of the album, but the music itself, not so much. It's mostly beats and vocals, and there wasn't a single memorable melody that I want to go back and listen to. I think I liked the interludes the most...
I just don't get the hype...
Not for me. Parts of the album was interesting but pretty bland to my ears.
Cool chill but not my style.
Not my cup of tea but I understand why someone might like it.
its okay, liked two or three songs
Its ok, but really boring
Соул не моё
Not that interesting. Goes on and on and on. No standouts
don't get the hype. any of it.
Showed promise a bit and definitely better than the natural Beyoncé comparison. Nothing special beyond normal RnB and a bit similar to Janelle Monae. Bit self righteous.
Solid, might relisten to a few songs
First listen. Never heard of her before. Nothing stood out to me on first listen. Need to hear more.
Some nice tracks, I like the features. The whole thing is a bit too sparse for me though, not enough going on. Maybe if I were in a different mood
Not my style. Tolerable sometimes
I'm usually not up to date with current music, so I didn't know Solange at all. I started out very positively surprised, thinking "this usually isn't my type of music, but there's a lot of soul in here and it's really well-made, possibly 4 stars." But those stupid interludes ruin the album. They completely disrupt any sense of flow or even continuity, which is particularly bad for an album that could otherwise count "soothingness" and "reflectiveness" to it's strengths. That already takes the album down to 2.5 for me - rounded down because the tracks Mad and Junie were incredibly bad and had to be skipped halfway through. A shame, this one really had high potential!
Would constantly look at my phone and wonder if it was the same song (bar the interludes). Just not my style
love the intro and the song weary is just magic. love how weary plays straight into cranes in the sky. don't you wait drums gave my 80s vibes at the start, think there was too much audio use, really enjoyed don't touch my hair, has a good vibe and feel and message. really liked the start of where do we go but the rest of the song wasn't my favourite. genuinely sick of this album, 21 tracks is a bit ridiculous, every song starting to sound the same. dragged on way too much.
I'm back! Happy 2022. Looks like we're kicking the year off with a bang, baby! Kidding. Unless we're talking Omicron. Anyway, nothing here really stood out to me at all except for the song "Junie." I have no doubt that lyrically there's all kinds of interesting commentary here. Some of that seeped into even my own cracker-white brain. But musically? Just felt kind of meh and blah to me overall. Happy New Year?
Sonidos muy suaves, letras muy profundas y una armonía perfecta. Sin embargo, para gusto personal, queda un poco corto.
a couple of interestig tracks. generally can't be arsed with r'n'b though and although alternative, it's still just a person with a very good voice singing stuff about sexy times and feelings. still shits over anything produced by the more famous sister though.
some good in there, but did feel a bit kitchen sink at times.
Not for me but I understand the representation
Important subject matter, but delivered in such a bland, unremarkable way that it makes me not want to care. The features are by far the best parts. Also, interludes? What is this, 1994? Best track: Mad
bem íntimo, caseiro e contemporâneo.
Fine enough. Not sure I HAD to hear it
I'm with the reviewers that say, "Sounds nice, good message, but oh so boring."
Not quite R&B. Not quite Soul. Not quite good.
I was impressed by her voice but didn't really like the songs.
For an album that appears to blend soul, hip hop and maybe a little funk it falls really flat and in essence is just a well recorded watered down version of those genres. The interleave of the spoken word doesn't evoke any emotion or feelings either, it seems rather pointless and makes the album disjointed. Overall It's just bland and boring. I guess the bar is so low for music made in the 2010s that this is considered a must listen before you die.
Not super annoying but also didn't particularly enjoy it. A bit boring and doesn't belong in this list imho.
Solange is a great singer, and the production is pretty mild but consistent, focusing attention to her voice and her lyrics expressing her strong discontent with racism and her thoughts on women's values in modern US. I found it to be largely boring. Her voice sounded mostly monotonous to me, not expressing the emotions she writes about. She tries to be a poet at times, and those lines don't exactly hit. Most of the tracks are forgettable, with the only memorable characteristic tending to be an overtly repeated chorus. I didn't like Lil Wayne's contribution, either his voice nor his rap. I did like the funkier songs like "Where Do We Go." Q-Tip appears in "Borderline," but I was just disappointed his role was reduced to a barely noticeable back vocal. I also didn't like the serious nature of the album. The interludes touch sensitive topics, but they're not expressed in a new or interesting way, instead just reiterating issues that are already discussed and known about in our society, and I'm sure anyone listening to her music isn't the audience to learn anything new from this. I'm not saying it has to be entertaining, but when the purpose of the interludes feel like they just want me to agree with them, rather than for any entertainment, reinforcing values is not the purpose I listen to music. At the very least teach me a unique perspective to think about. This wouldn't be such a big issue if they weren't every other song. It felt more interruptive than enhancing.
Initially I am not a fan of the beat on the first song. She has a good voice but it is drowned out by the loud accompanying music. Does have a very powerful and uplifting message.
When this album first came out and people were praising it, I didn’t quite understand why. Now having listened to it fully, I still don’t get what’s enjoyable about it. It’s pretty bland r and b. So Lange isn’t the best singer and most of the songs are very dull. I think maybe one or two I thought ok this isn’t bad but a majority of it is missable. 4.3/10
I actually like the interludes more than the songs. I couldn't get into this and overall found it pretty repetitive and boring.
Not my thing
Elements of NAO and FKA Twigs but she does it worse than both. Nothing stand out. Only memorable thing about this album is it is by Beyonces sister
Finds one note and doesn’t go anywhere from there. Boring.
So bad for my taste!
Terminé con la misma cara de la portada del disco
En la portada del disco tiene cara de que ni a ella le gustó su disco.
Not for me, which is a nice way of saying this was hot garbage.
Scott Kelly's wet dream
If you hear one song on this album, you've heard them all. The lyrics are better than the dull songs but lyrics can't save this album from being a dud.
Another album that has nothing in it for me. I'm obviously not the target demo for this album, but it was so boring that I'm not sure how there's anyone who is in the target demo.
Didn't connect to this at all. Seemed like all filler.