True (LP)


Solange

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Amoeba Review

01/07/2013

What is it about “Losing You” that makes it one of the most enjoyable songs released in recent memory? Is it those gently bummed-out synths, or Solange’s warm vocals bubbling along blithely with the music? Whatever that unnamed quality is, that thankfully continues through the rest of Solange’s True EP, her first release in her new, more indie-friendly guise, released on Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor’s co-owned lable, Terrible. Despite its name, “Some Things Never Seem to Fucking Work” has the same casual grace as the single, drawing from ’80s R&B vocally and dreamy radio hits of the era by Phil Collins and Alphaville musically. “Locked in Closets” pairs spare 808-funk with a silky ’90s R&B style vocal. “Lovers in the Parking Lot” is the next-catchiest song on the album, its chorus sticking in the mind as Knowles goes hard on herself for letting a guy get away. “Don’t Let Down” is the most experimental track on the disc, with squirrly synth stabs and cut-up vocals cut turning unexpectedly lush in a unique movement. True closes with “Bad Girls,” a lovelorn slow-motion ballad that lets Solange loose a bit vocally, going high and birdlike, turning yet a new leaf and leaving us hungering for more. If this is just the first taste of the true Solange Knowles, the name “Beyonce” won’t even come to mind next time around.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Losing You
Solange 04:20
2.
Some Things Never Seem To Fucking Work
Solange 04:57
3.
Locked In Closets
Solange 03:22
4.
Lovers In The Parking Lot
Solange 04:22
5.
Don't Let Me Down
Solange 04:13
6.
Looks Good With Trouble
Solange 01:30
7.
Bad Girls (Verdine Version)
Solange 05:10

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