Solange - A Seat At The Table (2xLP Vinyl)

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A Seat at the Table is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Solange Knowles (sister of Beyonce). It was released in 2016 on Columbia Records. While recording the album, Knowles 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.

I listened to this album about the time it came out and revisited it recently, due to buying it on vinyl. This album is so beautiful and we listen to Solange contemplating the life outside her window, full of reflections on race, gender and wanting to escape. I think the album is an album that every time you hear it, you hear something new or interpret it in whole different way. The respectively popular choice from this album is 'Cranes in Sky', where Solange expresses her need to escape and feeling isolation in a non-isolated place, where there are...cranes in the sky. Popular song 'Don't Touch My Hair' tackles racist view/actions in America and advocates Black empowerment, always refreshing to hear from a women's point of view.

Some underrated songs are Junie, ft. Andre 3000, with its funk/soul undertones perfect for a sweet summer day. Another song that is underrated is Borderline which features beautiful and soft vocals from Solange and sounds like it's sparkling throughout. I think it reflects Solange's need to escape and the floaty sound makes you want to float away, maybe similar to what Solange wanted to feel when she was writing this song. Overall I think this album is full of beauty and the dreamy sound and vocal's makes the album sound like you're being sang to by an angel of some kind. However, the lyrics are also very real, conscious and the album is a perfect reflection on early 21st century America and world.

By: Speckledface

A1 Rise
A2 Weary
A3 Interlude: The Glory Is In You
A4 Cranes In The Sky
A5 Interlude: Dad Was Mad
B1 Mad
B2 Don't You Wait
B3 Interlude: Tina Taught Me
B4 Don't Touch My Hair
C1 Interlude: This Moment
C2 Where Do We Go
C3 Interlude: For Us By Us
C4 F.U.B.U.
C5 Borderline (An Ode To Self Care)
D1 Interlude: I Got So Much Magic, You Can Have It
D2 Junie
D3 Interlude: No Limits
D4 Don't Wish Me Well
D5 Interlude: Pedestals
D6 Scales
D7 Closing: The Chosen Ones

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