Record of the day is, "Sol-Angel & The Hadley St. Dreams." The sophomore album of singer/songwriter and composer, Solange. Recorded in 2005 and released in the summer of 2008, Solange distance herself from the generic teen pop sound of her previously debut album "Solo Star," and headed into a contemporary R&B, Soul, & Jazz direction, that didn't appeal too much to the commercial masses. Solange was heavily influenced by the Motown sound of the 60s & 70s during the album's conception, prompting her to work with several vintage style producers and songwriters such as Jack Splash, Cee-Lo Green, and Mark Ronson. Sol-Angel is an entirely different affair that is fun, silly, eccentric, cleverly written lyrics, and most importantly, fearless. Starting with the opening track "God Given Name," Solange sings "I'm not Bey-coming expectations/I'm not her and never will be/2 Girls going in different directions/Traveling towards the same galaxy." The following track "T.O.N.Y." (Which stands for, The Other Night, Y???) is a masterpiece written by Cee-Lo, about being heartbroken after a one night stand. Tracks like "Dancing In The Dark, Would've Been The One," and "Sandcastle Disco" are 70s influenced disco esque perfection. The lead single "I Decided," which is produced by Pharrell Williams and Lamont Dozier, that samples The Supremes "Where Did Our Love Go?" Some favorites of my mine off the album includes "Valentine's Day," "6 O'Clock Blues," "Ode To Marvin," (which is an ode to Marvin Gaye,) and "I Told You So." The closing track "This Bird," is a cover to Scottish electronic band Boards of Canada where Solange harmonizes and sings, "I'm not in denial/I'm not suicidal/Not an alcoholic/I'm not out here ho'in'/So just shut...the fuck...up." With constant comparisons to her sister Beyonce, Solange proves she's an original and talented artist in her own right. She unapologetically sings her way into your heart, and make you listen to what she has to say.
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