Solange - Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams

2008-12-12 15:46
Her 60s and 70s inspired soul pop bubbles with an undercurrent of annoyance and sarcasm. It's as far removed from Beyonce's "clean" image as possible. With lines like "I'm no sister, I'm just my God given name" and "Sorry if I'm talking shit" and voice overs where she "promises she's not high", there's no guessing who the rebel in the family is.

The CD sleeve is another giveaway that the Knowles girls may not be all strawberries and kisses.
You can hear Solange poured her heart into the album which is filled with personality, from her lyrics to her southern accent. Turns out she's also a surprisingly talented musician and writer. "Sandcastle Disco" is doing well on music charts, and "I Decided Pt. 1&2", "God Given Name" and "Cosmic Journey" should follow suit.

The sound is experimental with hints of Motown girl groups like The Supremes and maybe a bit of Eryka Badu. Sure, it may take a little while for this sound to catch on, but Solange is onto something big. She's carving an audience for herself here and making it her own. Can you say "Beyonce, who"?

Unlike her older sister, Solange hasn't had a charmed life. Getting pregnant at 17, divorced at 21 and being constantly compared to your very famous sibling can't be easy. But with Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams she shows she's grown up and takes a big leap from out of Beyonce's shadow.

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