Solange - 'A Seat At The Table'

8/10

Despite being a fully fledged musical act in her own right, Solange has spent the best part of the last decade in her sister Beyonce's shadow. Returning to deliver her first album in eight years, 'A Seat At The Table' is one of the most eclectic and diverse records we have heard so far this year. Despite its truly epic length and list of collaborators, Solange is looking to make her own mark on the music scene and shake off those ever present comparisons.

What seems to be the main difference between this and all other RnB albums at the moment, is that Solange isn't looking to simply tread water by following the trends of today. Her blend of gospel influences and a juxtaposed organic/electronic production makes this a truly unique and spiritual release. While there are clear similarities with her and Beyonce's vocal style, it is her focus as a more modest artist that allows her to indulge in more simple rhythms that aren't intended to cause a stir.

The result is an extremely melodic and laid-back release that aims to bring Rhythm And Blues back into those literal terms. 'A Seat At The Table' is an extremely well constructed album that makes the point that you needed cause a racket in order to turn heads.

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