The Album We Didn't Know We Needed.
Solange Knowles and her musical talents have been around for a while. Her first official album dropped in 2002 called "Solo Star" but to be quite honest I was only 10 years old at the time and only knew the song " True Love" featuring Lil Romeo because I was in love with Lil Romeo at that age. But in 2008 ( I was a little older now) and fell in love with her second studio album titled "Sol-Angel and The Hadley St. Dreams". I remember having a karaoke machine and singing "T.O.N.Y" and "God Given Name" hundreds of times in my room. Four years later she released her 2012 EP titled " True" which didn't make many waves but I actually was a fan of it. "Losing You" was the first single and video from the album and one of my favorites. Fast forward to now, four years later (notice a pattern?) and Solange drops her album " A Seat At The Table" .. a table I didn't know I needed, but I do. This album is magical. The timing was perfect. The feelings were needed. Every black woman in America can relate and we appreciate it.
My first listen, I listened to the whole album, even the interludes. I didn't skip a song. I just listened and learned. Researching Solange a bit more she stated in a press release that the album was " a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief, and healing." and she couldn't be more dead on. As a 23 year old black woman living in today's world, I feel confused and lost and with the death toll rising for African Americans and police brutality so publicly displayed you feel grief and despair and sometimes want to give up. What do you do when the world is telling you that you aren't good enough? When the world is humiliating your own people in front of you. It is a lot to take in. I honestly did not know how to take it all in, until this album. I could say a lot more but honestly just listen to her album and you will understand how I feel. How every black woman feels.
While being overwhelmed but somehow healed listening to " A Seat At The Table" if that wasn't enough, Solange gave us TWO visuals to put along with our thoughts. A video for " Cranes in the Sky" (my FAVORITE song ever!) and " Don't Touch My Hair" featuring one of the best kept secrets in the music industry Sampha ( look up his Spotify and be prepared for greatness) the album came full circle.
This just in!
Solange just released her mini documentary on her Youtube page showing her beginning stages of her creative process for " A Seat A The Table" and it's four year process and it's beautiful. This is what true talent looks like. This is why it hits you so hard. It's raw, original and undefined. Thank you Solange.