Solange took to Instagram to clap back at a magazine for photoshopping her photo on the cover.
It’s been an action-packed three days for Solange, who went from posting cryptic photos and quotes on Wednesday to dropping a full-length surprise album, “When I Get Home,” at midnight Friday.
Spanning 19 songs in just under 40 minutes, the 32-year-oldsinger’s new release is packed with collaborations from artists including Pharrell Williams, Tyler the Creator, Gucci Mane, Playboi Carti, Earl Sweatshirt, Sampha, Panda Bear, Metro Boomin, Raphael Saadiq, The-Dream and Dev Hynes.
“When I Get Home” is Solange’s first full-length release since 2016’s critically-acclaimed “A Seat at the Table.”
With “When I Get Home,” Solange joins Ariana Grande and “Thank U, Next” as one of the best new albums of 2019 so far — making the first two months of the year led by critically-acclaimed releases by female artists, along with Jessica Pratt’s “Quiet Signs” and Sharon Van Etten’s “Remind Me Tomorrow.”
With the entirety of the album’s lyrics and melodies written by Solange, “When I Get Home” is a fascinating look inside the mind of one of music’s most fascinating, idiosyncratic pop stars. She’s a master at incorporating vintage soul, ’90s R&B, jazzy piano chords and trap beats with melodies that take plenty of unexpected left turns and making the final work sound cohesive — like it sprung fully formed from her brain.
While there’s no value to comparing her output to that of her older sister Beyonce — why can’t we just let both siblings make art joyfully alongside one another without pitting them against each other? — both Knowles women have powerfully defined their aesthetic, both musically and visually. Unlike many of her pop peers, whose songs may clearly bear the unmistakable influence of a certain producer or take on the style of whatever collaborator joins them on the track, Solange’s music is unmistakably hers.
Solange fans on social media predictably freaked out when her album suddenly arrived, sharing their favorite lyrics, reaction GIFs and other sage thoughts inspired by her heady new music.
“This Solange album might be one of the few times I get to the deepest parts of my psyche,” one fan wrote. “Her voice is like a pillow of continuous reassurance & the production is like the supporting bed frame.”
“Solange really has a knack for seamlessly blending trap artists on jazzy, ethereal, neo-soul tracks,” wrote another admirer.
Other fans cautioned listeners not to compare Solange’s distinctive output to that of her sister Beyonce – or, as one Twitter user called it, the “support solange without bringing up beyoncé challenge.”
“You can praise Solange without talking down on Beyoncé, and vise “versa,” read one social media comment. “I don’t think they would appreciate any of y’alls comments saying what you say. Do you really think they appreciate that? Compliment them or keep it on the playground, your ugly is showing.”
Another Twitter user offered this comparison of their music: “If Beyoncé makes twerking, turn up music, then Solange makes music for a night in with edibles, weed, sage & incense. They’re truly like Yin & Yang. Sun & moon. I have no choice but to stan both❤️. #WhenIGetHome.”
(Warning: This album is NSFW.)
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