Solange takes ‘A Seat at the Table’: Grammy challenge to big sis Beyonce

Much of this year’s Grammy talk has surrounded Beyonce, whose visual album “Lemonade” became a critical and cultural sensation when it was released in April. It’s a top contender for the Grammy for Album of the Year, but now it looks like her younger sister Solange could also be an awards contender. She released her third album, “A Seat at the Table,” on September 30, the last day of Grammy eligibility. And it’s one of the most acclaimed albums of 2016.

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With a score of 90 on MetaCritic, “A Seat at the Table” is the third best reviewed disc of the year, behind only “Skeleton Tree” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (94) and “Lemonade” (92). But unlike Beyonce, who has won 20 Grammys over the course of her career, Solange has yet to even be nominated by the recording academy. Do you think “A Seat at the Table” will prove to be aptly titled? Check out some of the reviews below, and make sure to enter your Grammy predictions for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

Barry Walters (Entertainment Weekly): “With ‘A Seat at the Table,’ her third album and first since 2012’s head-turning EP ‘True,’ she fully arrives as a major artist on what she herself describes as ‘a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing’ … It’s also her most individuated work to date.”

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Julianne Escobedo Shepherd (Pitchfork): “Solange’s new record is stunning, a thematically unified and musically adventurous statement on the pain and joy of black womanhood.”

Maura Johnston (Rolling Stone): “Beyond titles that telegraph the album’s powerful, political backbone – ‘F.U.B.U.,’ ‘Mad,’ ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ – its a fantastic-sounding LP that takes sonic cues from dusty soul sides while sounding as timely as a freshly sent tweet.”

Gerrick D. Kennedy (Los Angeles Times): “Those two worlds of black existence — at home and in the world at large — serves as the basis for Solange Knowles’ exquisite, sumptuous new album, ‘A Seat at the Table’ … Identity, empowerment, independence, rage, grief and healing are a conduit of the album.”

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