Solange is known for pushing the limits when it comes to music, so I knew I needed to prepare myself for her newest release, “A Seat at the Table.” I had to listen to the album three times before I even tried to formulate my emotions. Solange has such a pure attribute to her voice; her full sounding tone makes each song a musical meal. Just like with paintings and sculptures, there is no way to mask or cover the finished product with auto-tune or bells and whistles. This project has a raw sound and it is very fitting for this moment in time because it embodies the beauty in being true to one’s self.
“Cranes in the Sky” makes me emotional and if I am being completely honest, I cried when I first heard it. Solange originally wrote the song 8 years ago in a hotel room. Every once in a while, you will come across a song that tells your life story and this is that song for me. Lately, I have been trying to avoid the painful feeling of reality. However, no matter what you do to try to distract yourself, the loneliness and feeling of rejection still remains. This song embodies that element.
The track “Mad” is very fitting for our time. This song basically takes the approach of the opposing view when it comes to living in America with colored skin. “Why you always so mad?!” Two things made me gravitate to this song. Lil’ Wayne is featured on this track that made me want to do back flips. This track is asking and answering perhaps the biggest question of today’s political landscape. With everything going on with the racial indifference, police brutality and the presidential campaigns that are plastered all over the media, I can almost promise majority of us will be mad at something. This song speaks to those issues.
“Don’t Touch My Hair” is a sermon for all listeners. Self-love, self-confidence and self-worth are all messages you will find in this song. This song isn’t about hair but it is about one’s inner self: your style and your uniqueness is what makes you, you. This track is also a response to all the haters who love to sit down and analyze how everyone else is living, while being trapped in a jail cell full of opinions. When I listen to this song, I feel encouraged to keep living life carefree, keep evolving my style and keep challenging the barriers of society.
“A Seat at the Table” is a church service for the soul. This release wasn’t as anticipated as other albums this year. However, it has rightfully claimed the number one spot on the Billboard charts. “A Seat at the Table” left me feeling proud of my culture and aware of the daily struggles of pain and acceptance. Solange is known for her profound writing and experimental musical taste. Even if you can’t align with my personal take-a-ways from this album, I highly recommend that you give it a listen. This album has messages that everyone can relate to.
Solange – A Seat at the Table