Solange’s first offering since 2012’s EP True dropped today, and critics haven’t been stingy with superlatives when describing the rush of listening to the album.
The Guardian calls A Seat at the Table “a stately, sprawling celebration of black identity” that displays an “artful, keening single-mindedness.” Mashable gushed that “her ethereal voice demands attention and space that we must grant her in order to collectively move forward, even just a bit.” NPR hailed the work as “a floating melange of R&B, bold in its quiet and understated sounds, bolder in its message.”
Solange herself describes the work as “a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief, and healing.”
Fans have been taking to Twitter all morning to praise the surprise release:
Y’all need to listen to this Solange album like yesterday.
— I’m Jass (@jASSrcouch) September 30, 2016
This Solange aint got a wack song on it bruh. BRUH
— Chil Scott-Heron (@GFiftyTwo) September 30, 2016
New Solange pic.twitter.com/maxfu8IJCh
— Lillian (@lillian) September 30, 2016
THANK YOU SOLANGE FOR THIS ALBUM !!!!!
— bbysmith. (@_crownxroyal) September 30, 2016
This Solange album is a solid project
— (insert pun here) (@alovelytay) September 30, 2016
Yes this Solange album is ???
— Yy?¿ (@SylvrDolla_) September 30, 2016
In less than 24 hours of being released, I have listened to Solange’s album three times, and have no plans of stopping
— Cierra Baldwin (@Yung72Chisholm) September 30, 2016
Solange’s album is great.. that’s all.
— ye (@OnYeahK) September 30, 2016
I’m obsessed with A Seat at the Table. Thank you for this album, Solange.
— Brit M. (@britmishelle) September 30, 2016
This Solange dope af
— Kel (@FeetUp_Chillin) September 30, 2016
Solange’s album is good for my soul.
— Jilly (@JillianNiaa15) September 30, 2016
Have you given the album a spin yet? What are your first impressions? Weigh in in the comments below.