Bey­once’s sis­ter takes a page out of her book

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

SOLANGE, the funk singer who has long en­dured com­par­isons with su­per­star sis­ter Bey­once, on Oc­to­ber 9 earned her first num­ber-one al­bum with an in­no­va­tive and in­tro­spec­tive work she sur­pris­ere­leased.

A Seat at the Ta­ble, in which Solange ex­am­ines both the role of African Amer­i­can women and her own de­spair, de­buted at num­ber one on the US Bill­board al­bum chart for the week through Oc­to­ber 6, track­ing ser­vice Nielsen Mu­sic said.

A Seat at the Ta­ble is Solange’s first full-length al­bum since 2008, and she said she spent years work­ing on it, start­ing with ex­tended ses­sions in which she would ex­per­i­ment to bases of sound ef­fects.

The 30-year-old singer is be­lieved to have a warm re­la­tion­ship with her older sis­ter but has re­sented the con­stant com­par­isons, say­ing she is pur­su­ing her own path.

Solange has in­fused her mu­sic with elec­tron­ica, psychedel­ica and dark New Wave and has been a fre­quent per­former at al­ter­na­tive rock-dom­i­nated fes­ti­vals.

A Seat at the Ta­ble is in­ter­spersed with spo­ken word, in­clud­ing a snip­pet in which her fa­ther Matthew Knowles re­calls his anger at be­ing roughed up by po­lice and the Ku Klux Klan as a child.

Solange segues into “Mad”, a track fea­tur­ing rap­per Lil Wayne that re­flects on African Amer­i­cans’ strug­gles when faced with ac­cu­sa­tions that they are too an­gry.

Solange ex­plores her self­doubts on “Cranes in the Sky”, in which she ex­plains how she turned to drink­ing, shop­ping and other vices in her quest to heal in­ner wounds.

The singer found a unique way to an­nounce A Seat at the Ta­ble – she mailed a hard­cover book with the lyrics to 86 fans picked off her web­site, re­leas­ing the al­bum four days later on Septem­ber 30.

Bey­once is also a mas­ter of sur­prise re­leases, with her lat­est block­buster al­bum Lemon­ade paired with a made-for-tele­vi­sion movie.

A Seat at the Ta­ble sold 72,000 copies or the equiv­a­lent in down­loads and stream­ing dur­ing the week, Nielsen Mu­sic said.

It edged out by just 1000 copies a more an­tic­i­pated re­lease – Bon Iver’s 22, A Mil­lion.

Best known for sor­row­ful folk rock, Bon Iver went in a more oblique and com­pli­cated di­rec­tion with its lat­est al­bum, which is filled with syn­the­sized loops and sym­bolic mes­sag­ing that re­flects on the na­ture of the uni­verse.

Bon Iver pre­viewed the al­bum – whose ti­tles all cryp­ti­cally in­volve num­bers – in July at the Eaux Claires fes­ti­val run by front­man Justin Ver­non in his na­tive Wis­con­sin. –

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