A SEAT AT THE TABLE: MUSIC REVIEW

by Kaylee Tate

After three years of a musical hiatus, Solange’s new album A Seat at the Table has been highly anticipated this year. With features from Lil Wayne, Kelly Rowland, BJ the Chicago kid and more, A Seat At the Table blends old school R&B with funk and electronica. This album is great if you just simply want to relax and unwind after a long day with its soothing and refreshing instrumentals. However, Solange’s lycrism is a glimpse into the feelings of black men and women in America. Songs such as “Mad” show their anger and frustration, while songs like “Weary” portray the collective sense of sadness felt among black Americans during these multiple police shootings. Despite the few curse words, I would highly recommend this album to anyone because I could feel through her music her pain and frustration and also her happiness, which made the album even more interesting to listen to.

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A Seat At The Table is a declaration of the pain and struggle that the black community has felt for many years. As Christians we can look at this and realize that God will not just allow his people to be in dismay, in Matthew 5:3-4 says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted” While we listen to Solange’s new album we can know that God is blessing those who are in pain and those who need comforting during the hardships faced not only towards the black community, but to everyone. Listening to A Seat at The Table will remind us that there is pain in life but as Christians we have faith in Christ knowing he will bless us for having faith in him through our pain.

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