Thursday, September 25, 2008

Solange Knowles - Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams

Album review time!

This album is a sleeper. Yeah, that's right, a sleeper. A juggernaut with ballerina shoes. We all remember kid sis right? You know, Beyonce's little sister? I'll say this, Solange ain't no Beyonce. In this particular case that's not a bad thing. Don't get me wrong I love my Destiny's Child and Beyonce as much as the next person. "Bills, Bills, Bills" is always in my rotation. Solange just chose to go a different way with it. I heard that she was going for that throwback Motown feel that's very popular nowadays a while ago. I was concerned. That's soul music. Was Beyonce's lil' sis gonna be able to pull that off? And that, ultimately, is the greatest thing about this album. At no time during the whole record do you feel like she's being forced to do something outside of her comfort zone. The fact that it works so effortlessly is really a great achievement and a testament to her as an artist. Solange really seems to have a deep respect for those who came before her and in no way is she striving to be Beyonce. My fav tracks have to be the previously mentioned "Sandcastle Disco" the super chilled out "ChampagneChroniKnightCap" which also features Lil' Wayne (is there anything he's not on?...the answer is no) and "Valentine's Day" which sounds exactly like a N.E.R.D song. Speaking of Pharrell and friends the Neptunes produced the entire album. There's a feather in your cap. If you're used to getting albums with just a few songs you like and then the rest is filler this is a suprising and awesome change of pace. Check it.

Official HardPeaches rating: 8/10

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