Solange Knowles has finally graced us with her first album since her EP in 2012. New music has been long over due from Solange and this album has definitely been worth the wait. Right from track one (Rise) the listener can emphasise with the deeper meanings and stories embedded into her soulful lyrics. What the album represents and stands for has its relevance in todays society, which only makes it that much more important.
A Seat At The Table, the name itself is something with a deeper meaning. To offer someone a seat at the table signifies some level of acceptance, having a seat at the table to discuss and share yourself with one another. Solange being an activist for the black community is offering her listeners an opportunity to understand what it’s like to live in black skin. The album will take you through a number of emotions but all in all each track is authentic to Solange’s persona.
The album, which was released on the 30th September, features 21 tracks with collaborations from a number of talented artists such as Lil Wayne, Kelly Rowland, Sampha and Q-Tip. Now this isn’t going to be an album review. The album emits a soulful, RnB type of sound with a little Funk thrown in there to give us a range of well-executed songs which seems to fill a gap in what’s missing in todays music. Both of Solange’s parents have spoken interludes on the album, speaking on personal opinions and experiences when it comes to the reality of growing up black in America.
The album without a doubt embodies the experiences of a black person, in particular black women. According to Saint Heron, the music videos are “a musical representation of the spirit within an unapologetically Black woman who is not interested in remaining silent in a critical time of identity, empowerment, grief, healing and self-expression – let alone, artistic expression.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0qrinhNnOM (cranes in the sky… add video link as thumbnail)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTtrnDbOQAU (don’t touch my hair… same thing mate… thumbnail)
Cranes in the sky and Don’t touch my hair are two of her latest video releases. Solange shows us nothing but authenticity with the visuals from the album, and is present throughout the music videos (and artwork), whilst also not distracting us from the meaning behind the content.
With both sisters proudly bringing a voice to black Americans there were bound to be some comparison to her Beyonce’s Lemonade. Solange had this to say, “I’m really proud of my sister and I’m really proud of her record and her work and I’ve always been. As far as I’m concerned, she’s always been an activist from the beginning of her career and she’s always been very, very black. My sister has always been a voice for black people and black empowerment. And I give so much of that credit to my parents.”
Though the siblings both are musically gifted, I can confidentally say that Solange has her own sound as well as vision when it comes to demonstrating her creative side. She has stayed true to herself throughout.