Solange – True
Words: Arno G.
Solange’ (formerly known as Solange Knowles) ravishes us with ‘True’ before dropping a new album later this year. After searching for her own place in the industry for a long time, she decided to drop EMI, the latest company to try to mold her into a Supreme-to-be. Instead she has focused on creating a more personal sound, collaborating with songwriter Devonté Hynes (“Blood Orange”).
After turning her back on sis Beyoncé’s style, Solange’ created a hybrid of indie pop and minimalistic R&B. She does not hide her influences from 80’s early beats to the funkiest groove of Chaka Khan, infusing them with her own unique spirit.
‘True’ is driven by break-ups and disillusionment in love. The devastating ‘Losing you’ where she sings to her lover: “We used to kiss all night but now it’s just no use” and “Some things never seem to fucking work”, and heartbreak turns to contempt: “So baby is this all you’ve got?/Tell me if you get some more.”
Effective without ever conforming, “True” manages to tie authenticity, experimentation and subtle references in an ideal format of eight songs. This album gives a welcome alternative breath to R&B and hopefully buries the clumsiest of the recent productions that have marred the genre. The result is addictive, and cannot really be compared to any contemporary release. It is quite the achievement for someone living in the shadow of their sister.