ALBUM : A SEAT AT THE TABLE
ARTIST : SOLANGE KNOWLES
GENRE : R AND B
DATE RELEASED : 2016
When you scan the track list of this record, you have this feeling that this album could be like Janet Jackson’s RHYTHM NATION 1814 because of the many different interludes included in the album. True to it, there are songs that remind you of Janet Jackson in her but that is only one of the things that you will find in this album. Here is a track by track review of this album.
- Rise – feels like listening to a rip-off version of Janet Jackson’s “Let’s Wait Awhile.”
Listen to “Rise” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSZKs78Ixtk.
- Weary – the vocal harmony that she put in this track is impressive. It reminds you of Ray Conniff singers of the olden days.
- Cranes In The Sky – this track is like merging the musical style of Alicia Keys and again Janet Jackson.
Watch official video of “Cranes In The Sky” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0qrinhNnOM.
- Mad – sounds like not only a filler song but a reject from Beyonce’s LEMONADE. In fact, she sounded like Beyonce too in this track especially when she sings the falsetto part.
Listen to “Mad” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjwHMuLdytY.
- Don’t You Wait – this song sounds like a track from SWV.
- Don’t Touch My Hair – reminds of you Motown girls and their empowerment songs and feels like another Janet Jackson inspired track; think of “Gone Till It’s Gone” from her THE VELVET ROPE album.
Watch official video of “Don’t Touch My Hair” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTtrnDbOQAU.
- Where Do We Go – another Janet inspired track and it’s like merging her “Making Love in The Rain” and “Anytime, Anyplace.”
- FUBU – this song is littered with the word “Shit” and with that you will also believe that this is a shit song; nothing great in this track and the trombone background feels like you are reminded to listen to Madonna’s “4 Minutes To Save The World.”
- Borderline – Madonna fans would be curious if this is her cover version of the first Madonna song that went top 10 in Billboard charts. Sadly, it is not but not a great track also. However, you can mash up this song with that of PM’s Dawn’s “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss.”
- Junie – she sounded like Diana Ross going hip hop.
- Don’t Wish Me Well – started like a wedding march and then the synths enter the scene and you imagine a bride jilting his groom and running away from the church.
- Scales – the most boring song in this record.
Best track to listen to are “Cranes In The Sky,” Don’t You Wait,” Don’t Touch My Hair,” “Junie” and “Don’t Wish Me Well,”
Indeed, this album is like following a template of successful female albums. Thus, you have traces of Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Diana Ross, and Beyonce spread all over the album. This is not a bad thing though, but the consequence is that Solange can do better instead of singing songs that were done before thematically. With that, I give this record 3 stars out of 5 stars.
1 stars = Ignore it
2 stars = risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 stars = buy, keep, and treasure it