Solange cannot be told what to do in terms of how her music gets made or how it gets represented. Her 2016 effort A Seat at the Table offered up various different technique in proving that she’s one hundred percent in the driver’s seat, and her latest When I Get Home is no different. With a female driven narrative and guests like Gucci Mane, Playboi Carti, Devin the Dude and Scarface to name a few, the album isn’t what you’re expecting which is what makes it so mercurial.
With 19 tracks total, there’s a lot to unpack here, and words cannot do justice to some of what your ears experience. There’s lots of free form in how the tracks are presented, where jazz feels like the main influence in how songs get structured. Songs like “My Skin My Logo,” or “Binz” have these elemental moments where the instrumentation alone would be puzzling if employed by any other artist, though Solange keeps them together to craft gems. “Beltway” is soft and tender, showcasing her vocal strengths while “Sound of Rain” feels like a sound that you wished you hard more from modern pop acts.
There’s plenty of nods towards Houston in the way the lyrics and the songs are titled. “Almeda” is sparse lyrically but dense in its approach, and it works in the best ways possible. “Jerrod” starts with stabs of dark electronica before the singer’s voice adds a more sweet touch the the music, showing off the diversity in how the music is performed. Solange isn’t looking backwards here, she’s moving forward and doing so in a very different way than most R&B acts. It’s high art that’s easy to like where the end result is an album that sounds like no one else, while still hitting with the intensity of a release full of bangers.
You can stream When I Get Home on all streaming sites, you can purchase it in all digital outlets. Solange will be on tour May 30 at Heartland Festival in Kvarndrup, Denmark until July 12 at Lovebox Festival in London, U.K. A complete list of her upcoming performances can be accessed here.
Image Credits: Photo by Max Hirschberger.