The world has been in dire need of some soul, and Solange has delivered with A Seat at the Table. On the album, the singer lets listeners tag along on her spiritual journey over the past four years to understand what it means to be a black woman in America. The inclusion of statements from her parents, Mathew and Tina, lend the album a personal feel, and while examples of police brutality continue to occur across the country, A Seat at the Table gives listeners a place reflect.

The album opens with a steady chorus from “Rise,” then soothing lyrics from “Weary” as Solange sings, “I’m weary of the ways of the world.” Her soft but strong vocals then lead into “Interlude: The Glory Is In You,” in which her dad Mathew talks about peace. “Cranes in the Sky” soon follows, and with interpretive dancers and some of Solanges’ iconic fashion vibes, the video to accompany that track has all types of black girl magic:

One of my favorite tracks is “Mad” feat. Lil Wayne, which speaks on the frustration within black communities and their right to be upset at the injustices they face. Following after is “Don’t You Wait” and “Interlude: Tina Taught Me,” on which her mother shares her pride for being black.

“Don’t Touch My Hair” also received a video treatment, and it beautifully expresses the importance of hair in black culture (it is often appropriated but rarely praised). After Solange’s dad gives listeners an important message, the music moves into “Where Do We Go.”

Mathew’s “Interlude: For Us By Us” shares the struggle he had in finding his worth and how he built his finances up to be able to take his grandmother out of work. He wraps up with “Like I told you all the time ‘If you don’t understand my record, you don’t understand me, so this is not for you’.” That perfectly leads into “F.U.B.U,” a song sparked by a moment Solange experienced one night after Mardi Gras, according to an conversation between Solange, her mom, and Judnick Mayard for Saint Heron.

The album winds down with “Junie” and “Don’t Wish Me Well.” One of the most important statements Mathew makes is in “Interlude: Pedestals” in which he breaks down the inequality between rich and poor neighborhoods. Solange finishes the album with “Scales,” speaking out to the dreamers before Master P narrates “Closing: The Chosen Ones,” saying, “We are the chosen ones.”

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