It’s no surprise that I have a celebrity crush on Solange Knowles. Out of the two Knowles sisters, who wouldn’t prefer the quirky one with the good sense of style and superb afro over the beauty queen—although ‘Yonce is stepping her game up. Later this month, I have the honor of seeing the younger Knowles sister play a sold-out concert at Webster Hall in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and I’m overly stoked. In preparation of the show, I’ve been stretching my vocal chords in order to hit each note in “Bad Girls”.
“Bad Girls” is the best album closer that I’ve wholeheartedly enjoyed in a long time. Its funk filled baseline and the hard hitting percussion gives it an 80’s R&B feel that sets itself a part from anything going on in pop music. The good folks at Black Cab Sessions recently recorded a session where she sings a stripped down version of the song with her True EP collaborator and producer Devonte Hynes. The song is a perfect match to the scenery that surrounds them as they drive aimlessly through the city.
February 25th can’t come soon enough.
We all have those songs. Those repeats songs. Once you hear the song while giving an album a first listen, you stop everything and keep repeating the song until you no longer have to click play to be able to hear every layer, every instrument and every vocal arrangement; it is now stuck in your head.
My repeat song for the week is by Solange. It is tough for someone who carries an x and a y chromosome to speak up about female pop music, but I’m no average xy guy. I love the female voice more than I love most male voices. Women are able to be fearless when it comes to vocal variety, where men are either unable to reach it due to the “x” or coolness.
Solange takes the cake with her new T R U E ep. From the opening track to the end, Solange has put out a strong and cohesive record that is unlike anything I’ve heard in a while. My favorite song is “Lovers in the Parking Lot”. I think what gets me is how her voice climbs the note ladder during the opening verse, but don’t take my word for it…