A Seat at the Table, Solange’s first project since 2012’s True, is amazing. From the majority of its production, to the perfectly used interludes (of which there are nine), to Solange’s stunning vocals. The impeccable presentation throughout elevates the album to Lemonade levels of quality.
The clear standouts from the tracklist are “Cranes in the Sky,” “Mad,” “F.U.B.U.,” “Don’t Touch My Hair,” and “Weary.”
“Cranes in the Sky” has this gorgeous and simple instrumentation, it feels large and open. Nothing distracts from Solange. Her harmonies are divine throughout the album, but especially lovely here.
“F.U.B.U.” is a great song. The horns are awesome and fill out the instrumentation nicely. I don’t know if The Dream’s verse on here was needed. The minute long outro seems like it could have been changed into an interlude. “Don’t Touch My Hair” is spectacular. The instrumentation is excellent, the drums specifically are intriguing in their timing and layering of sounds. The writing and lyrics on this album are superb and are certainly one of the best parts. Songs like “Mad” and “Don’t Touch My Hair” are bitingly personal and yet they feel like universal statements on behalf of women of color.
The pacing and sequencing of this album is perfect. Songs flow into interludes that play with the music of either the upcoming or the previous song. The conversations that are found on the interlude are intense. From the telling of integrating schools in the south, to selling music out the trunk of cars, and of course Ms. Tina’s speech on the beauty of black people.
A Seat At The Table is Solange’s best project yet. The impeccable sequencing and presentation of the album elevated it to Lemonade levels of quality. While a few tracks seem underwhelming, the majority of the songs are fantastic. “Cranes In the Sky” is my personal favorite, while “Weary” is a close second. Please listen to this album.
by Addison Garry (@addisonagarry)