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Solange

A Seat at the Table


There’s a life’s worth of lessons in Solange’s third album, three years in the making. She’s long been engagingly outspoken on issues of race, and from the title down, A Seat at the Table is an intensely personal testament to black experience and culture; the likes of F.U.B.U., Mad, Don’t Touch My Hair and interludes in which her parents talk about their encounters with racism go deep. Sonically, the album’s take on modern psychedelic soul is languid, rich, lifted by airy, Minnie Riperton-esque trills on the gorgeous likes of Cranes in the Sky or the darkly glimmering Don’t Wish Me Well; it’s a world away from 2008’s peppier, poppier Sol-Angel and the Hadley St Dreams or 2012’s indie-crossover-hit True EP. Guest spots from artists as diverse as Lil Wayne, Sampha, Tweet and Kelela only serve to amplify Solange’s fascinating voice. It’s safe to say that though big sis Beyoncé has run her close recently, she’s once more the most intriguing Knowles sibling.

Tracklist
  • Disc: 1
    1. Rise
    2. Weary
    3. Interlude: The Glory is in You
    4. Cranes in the Sky
    5. Interlude: Dad Was Mad
    6. Mad - Solange feat. Lil Wayne
    7. Don't You Wait
    8. Interlude: Tina Taught Me
    9. Don't Touch My Hair - Solange feat. Sampha
    10. Interlude: This Moment
    11. Where Do We Go
    12. Interlude: For Us By Us
    13. F.U.B.U. - Solange feat. The-Dream and BJ The Chicago Kid
    14. Borderline (An Ode to Self Care) - Solange feat. Q-Tip / Solange
    15. Interlude: I Got So Much Magic, You Can Have It - Solange feat. Kelly Rowland and Nia Andrews
    16. Junie
    17. Interlude: No Limits
    18. Don't Wish Me Well
    19. Interlude: Pedestals
    20. Scales - Solange feat. Kelela
    21. Closing: The Chosen Ones

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