Every fiber of my being is here for Solange’s album A Seat at The Table. Normally I don’t review music. Reason being is because I’m rarely phased by any new material being put out. There would be nothing special about it for me to write about. But Solange’s new Album ‘A Seat at The Table’ sent me through a series of emotions I thought could no longer be touched again by music.
I love the growth of Solange’s sound and the transparency she exudes throughout the album. Lastly, Solange’s vocals were amazing! The last time I heard a song by Solange was her track ‘Lovers in the Parking Lot’ (Initially I didn’t even know it was her that sung it!) I was so impressed with her range and flawless rifts cascading from track to track. I appreciated everything about this album. Solange has always had a style of her own. I always thought of her to be very underrated but after this album, I am sure people will become much more hip to her music. I know I am!
I. Did. Not. Skip. A. Song. The. Whole. Entire. Friggin. Album.
Although I’m obsessed with the album, There was this notable quote that rang in my head like a bell. The Interlude features Mama Tina breaking it down why Black people get guilted tripped just for being proud of who they are:
“It’s such beauty in Black people, and it really saddens me when we’re not allowed to express that pride in being Black, and that if you do, then it’s considered anti-white. No! You just pro-black. And that’s okay. The two don’t go together. Because you celebrate Black culture does not mean that you don’t like white culture or that you putting it down. It’s just taking pride in it, but what’s irritating is when somebody says, you know, “They’re racist!”, “That’s reverse racism!” or, “They have a Black History Month, but we don’t have a White History Month!
Well, all we’ve ever been taught is white history. So, why are you mad at that? Why does that make you angry? That is to suppress me and to make me not be proud.“
The GOSPELS! Did anyone else feel like they were in church? Cranes in The Sky, and Don’t Touch My Hair are my absolute favorites. I was actually kind of sad when I finished listening to the album. Best believe it’s on repeat! I have not felt this way in forever!
Take A Listen
A Seat At The Table Tracklist:
2. “Weary” (Additional Vocals blessed by Tweet)
3. “Interlude: The Glory Is In You”
4. “Cranes In The Sky”
5. “Interlude: Dad Was Mad”
6. “Mad” Ft. Lil Wayne (Additional Vocals blessed by Moses Sumney and Tweet)
7. “Don’t You Wait”
8. “Interlude: Tina Taught Me”
9. “Don’t Touch My Hair” Ft. Sampha
10. “Interlude: This Moment” (Additional vocals Devonte Hynes of Houston Texas and Lu of Carolina)
11. “Where Do We Go” (Additional vocals blessed by Sean Nicholas Savage)
12. “Interlude: For Us By Us” “F.U.B.U.” Ft. The Dream & BJ The Chicago Kid (Additional Vocals blessed by Tweet)
13. “Borderline (An Ode To Self Care)” Ft. Q-Tip
14. “Interlude: I Got So Much Magic, You Can Have It” Ft. Kelly Rowland & NiaAndrews
16. “Interlude: No Limits”
17. “Don’t Wish Me Well”
18. “Interlude: Pedestals”
19. “Scales” Ft. Kelela
20. “Closing: The Chosen Ones”