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Seat at the Table

Solange

Seat at the Table

Third studio album from the neo soul, r&b singer, featuring collaborations with Lil Wayne, Q-Tip, Kelly Rowland and more

ADM rating[?]

8.5

Label
Sony
UK Release date
30/09/2016
US Release date
30/09/2016
  1. 10.0 |   NOW

    The R&B singer/songwriter's excellent third album is full of richness and complexity
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  2. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    A luscious, absorbing album – but if you're not its intended audience, you'd better be ready for the questions it raises
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  3. 9.2 |   Gig Soup

    ASATT is a hugely important record in the continuing dialogue on the experience of black people in our modern time
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  4. 9.2 |   AU Review

    A record that, in an age of surprise releases and visual albums, stands strong in its subtlety and narrative
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  5. 9.1 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    You won’t pin her down on the first, second, or third listen, but each listen will give you a better understanding as to why you never will
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  6. 9.0 |   music OMH

    One thing that makes A Seat At The Table so powerful is the intensely personal touch that Solange infuses each song with
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  7. 9.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Solange with an expansive mix of features and co-producers, continues a legacy of Black cultural production that is not just self-referentially critical, but peaks in spiritual and emotional transcendence
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  8. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    The subdued nature of the songs means that they take a few listens to hit home, but once they do, it’s obvious that this stunning and vital record is one of the year’s best
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  9. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    A Seat demands a careful listen, and rewards it richly. This is Solange's strongest album to date
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  10. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    If I were you, I would stop what I were doing and listen to this record. Now
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  11. 9.0 |   The 405

    In the face of a rising death toll and election season, A Seat At The Table is an urgent thematic monument
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  12. 9.0 |   All Music

    A cathartic yet poised album, one that weighs a ton and levitates
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  13. 9.0 |   Mixmag

    Her finest, and most topical, yet
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  14. 8.8 |   Earbuddy

    I don’t know that this is the best pop album of the year, but it is a tight race
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  15. 8.7 |   Pitchfork

    Stunning, a thematically unified and musically adventurous statement on the pain and joy of black womanhood
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  16. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    In a volatile world increasingly defined by the brash and the crude, Solange's packaging of brutal honesty in tender, harmony-rich murmurs is both beautiful and radical
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  17. 8.0 |   The Observer

    An intensely personal testament to black experience and culture
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  18. 8.0 |   The FT

    The singer explores themes of prejudice and blackness with a deft soprano voice and psychedelic funk and soul
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  19. 8.0 |   Crack

    It’s this sense of directness, throughout A Seat At The Table, that makes the distinction between wanting and needing to listen to her work
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  20. 8.0 |   Beardfood

    Quality, honest, smooth R&B that makes you bob your head as much as it makes you think. Impressive
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  21. 8.0 |   DIY

    Take a seat at the table, open your mind and let Solange tell her truth. It’s worth it
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  22. 8.0 |   Clash

    An expertly-curated, a near-perfect record that serves as a timely, musical manifesto on how to be black and proud
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  23. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Daunting and at times exhausting, A Seat at the Table is still an undeniably important work
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  24. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    No longer stuck orbiting her superstar sister or so doggedly trying to escape that orbit, Solange has found her space
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  25. 6.0 |   The Independent

    It’s a pleasant change to encounter an R&B album which acknowledges a world beyond romantic cliche
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