This year, Solange’s highly anticipated release has captivated listeners with its psychedelic soulful composition and discursively charged content. A Seat at the Table offers those outside of black culture the privilege of listening and learning at the table of black experience, whilst creating a space within that culture for sharing and solidarity. Solange asserts on tracks such as F.U.B.U that “this shit is for us”; the album speaks of universal notions of identity, despair, healing and empowerment but within a specific context of black womanhood that explores both the deeply personal and the irrefutably political. Her vocal, mesmerising in its lightness and elegance, offers a simple expression of the deep intricacies and struggles of black experience. Both of Solange’s parents feature on interludes to share their personal perspectives; her mother, Tina Lawson, states that "there is so much beauty in being black" and Solange has drawn on her history and heritage to express this. Crafted with such astute and discerning intention, Solange’s album should be celebrated not only for its soulful musical artistry, but its thematic richness and emotional generosity.
Words: Lydia Entwistle