Release Date: Aug 26, 2008
Genre(s): R&B, Soul
Record label: Geffen
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Solo Star, Solange's debut, lacked character. Not without a small clutch of memorable songs, much of it was nonetheless generic, containing little to separate it from the average R&B album fronted by an up-and-coming performer. Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, released five years later, is an entirely different affair -- fun, silly, slightly eccentric and, most importantly, fearless.
Solange Knowles's self-penned blurb makes exhausting reading. At 22, she can point to parallel careers in singing, acting, songwriting and modelling for sister Beyoncé's clothing line. But when it comes to star quality, only one family member has it, and it's not Solange. The long-delayed follow-up to her 2003 debut Solo Star, Sol-Angel is savvy R&B with a gloss you can check your reflection in, but it falls short of what she intended: to make the record Dusty Springfield or Minnie Riperton would have made, were they around in 2008.