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.Wikipedia
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
an all-time favourite. hands down. masterpiece.
Beautiful. Insightful, Celebratory, Sadness all in one
Better than Beyonce. Come at me hive.
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.
Wow! Smooth and personal. A great listen this morning.
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!!
Did not expect to like as much as I did
A true classic.
C’est tres tres bon en loundge musique d’ambiance, j’ai ecoute 2x 4.95
The album that introduced me to Solange. My favorite songs are Don't Touch My Hair, Cranes in the Sky, Mad (featuring Lil Wayne), Borderline (An Ode to Self-Care), and Scales.
Beaucoup aimé cet album. Je l’ai trouvé plein de subtilité et de nuances, avec une portée sociale. Recherche musicale et belle voix sans affectation.
After hearing only great things about Solange, I can honestly say that I am WOWED. She's got a gorgeous voice, her songs & interludes are beautifully told, and the vibe vibe is wonderfully chill. I've officially added her to my library. 4.5 stars *On a separate note, I wish we'd have the ability to edit our reviews since I accidentally hit the vote button before I finished writing my last review.
This album caught me off guard. I didn’t know much about Solange going in except that she was Beyoncé's sister and was in Destiny’s child. I expected the album to sound like the Beyoncé albums that I had heard but this is completely different. It’s a lot more experimental with elements of jazz, Funkadelic and even Aphex Twin. It felt like a concept album all the way to the end. There wasn’t a moment that bored me or a track that I didn’t like. I love how she used vocal her harmonies to add color to a lot of the tracks rather than instrumentation. This is going to be on constant repeat for a while and I’m looking forward to going down the rabbit hole and checking out more of her music.
Great modern R&B album; I honestly prefer this to Beyoncé’s work. It has an impactful message told through amazing songs, ‘Cranes in the Sky’ being a real highlight.
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.