Solange Knowles’ “A Seat at the Table” proves timeless
October 20, 2016
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“A Seat at the Table,” Solange Knowles’ third indie album, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and no one is really surprised.
Critics have praised “A Seat at the Table” for delivering messages of racial empowerment perfectly pitched to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The album also deals with loss, identity and self-care.
Knowles’ album has southern roots, and she draws inspiration from her grandmother’s home state of Louisiana. Master P, a Louisiana southern rap legend, narrates the album.
“I can honestly listen to this album all the way through all day. It’s very old-school but very now. I think we, as black girls, needed this and ‘Lemonade,’” Tia Mead, junior psychology major, said.
Knowles’ sister, Beyoncé, released the visual album “Lemonade” earlier this year. Her album pushed limits and broke records with its context and emotional depth, unlike her past albums, which are usually heavily pop.
They are now the first sisters to land number one albums, according to Harper’s Bazaar, an American women’s fashion magazine, first published in 1867.
“My favorite song is “Don’t Touch My Hair,” Taylor Schwartz, senior political science major, said. “When I listen to this song, I feel her words in my soul. When I wear my natural hair, people always comment on it, negatively and positively. But when I wear weave or braids, it’s normal. That annoys me; don’t touch my hair with your words or your hands.”
Although Knowles wrote, arranged and co-produced every song on her album, she also worked with some of the best producers and artists in the music industry. The Dream, Sampha, Raphael Saadiq, Questlove and Sir Dylan.
Knowles calls this album, her first full-length one in eight years, a “journey of self-discovery,” according to her interview with Stereogum, a music website founded in 2002.
“It’s the definition of black magic,” India James, sophomore biology major, said. “It’s embracing it and loving it without being ashamed of it. For a long time, little black girls were afraid to wear our hair or actually love our shade of brown. But that’s not so much anymore.”