A Seat at the Table is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Solange. It was released on September 30, 2016, by Saint Records and Columbia Records. While recording the album, Knowles released an EP, titled True (2012) and launched her own record label named Saint Records. Writing for the album began as early as 2008, while the recording sessions took place from 2013 to June 2016.
Even though it’s been out less than a week, it already seems like a document of historical significance, not just for its formidable musical achievements but for the way it encapsulates black cultural and social history with such richness, generosity, and truth. Even with such an impressive resume, though, A Seat at the Table is on a different plane. It’s a document of the struggle of a black woman, and black women, in 2016, as Solange confronts painful indignities and situates them historically. Many of these songs draw from current reactions to the seemingly unending killing of black women and men at the hands of the police, but the scope of the record as a whole is much larger than that, with Civil Rights hymnals encompassing centuries of horror black Americans have been subject to, including that inflicted on Knowles’ own ancestors.
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As for A Seat at the Table, its release was only announced on Sept. 27, and it reached digital retailers and streaming services three days later on Sept. 30. It was released by Saint Records (Solange’s own label) through Columbia Records. A physical CD release of the album is scheduled for Nov. 18. Solange made her Billboard 200 chart debut on the Feb. 8, 2003-dated list, with Solo Star, which debuted and peaked at No. 49 that same week. Five years later, she notched her first top 10 album, with Sol-Angel & The Hadley St. Dreams, which bowed and peaked at No. 9 on the Sept.
A Seat at the Table is intensely rich and gracious in its candor, so much so that it’s quieter, painstakingly personal moments are every bit as robust as direct aggression. Its soulful flow is luscious and languid, and simply dazzles in the graceful, airy beauty of Cranes In the Sky, where Solange’s voice floats to stratospheric altitudes. While listening the songs, I noted thatI had to drink a cup of water for a little relief after listening Solange's "A Seat at the Table". While listening the songs, I noted that Knowles wanted to make a smooth-rough work, with her soft voice and the background instrumental while she sings about the black people condition. Even with two other older albuns, "A Seat a the Table" made a place for Solange in the world of music, being one of the best albuns of 2016. Stunning piece of art. xpand.
Solange Knowles started writing her third album in New Iberia, Louisiana, a town where her maternal grandparents lived until a Molotov cocktail was thrown into their home. That setting helps explain how A Seat at the Table turned out drastically different from Knowles' previous output. There's no revisitation of beachy retro soul-pop and new wave akin to "Sandcastle Disco" or "Losing Yo. Nothing has the humor of "Some Things Never Seem to Fucking Work" or the bluntness of "Fuck the Industry