“When I Get Home” Album Review


March 1 2019, Solange released her fourth album to the public, When I get Home, featuring diverse artists Playboy Carti, Sampha, and Gucci Mane. The album includes songs in the style of Jazz, Hip Hop, and R&B, and is described as a tribute to Houston’s hip hop scene.

Three years after releasing the soulful album A Seat at the Table, Solange has left the traditional song structure behind her for a freer and more ambiguous record.

Solange covers a lesson on those who leave, explaining that home isn’t something you can posses; it lives on without you. While the lyrics of the album are profound, the music itself in some tracks is different from traditional styles of Jazz, Hip Hop, and R&B, and has an almost futuristic style.

“Stay Flo,” is one of the most popular songs on the album, with a catchy melody and upbeat tempo. Although the song is somewhat upbeat, the song still has a relaxed beat and flows nicely. This song is one of the only ones that stuck out to me on the album, but it is repetitive like most songs on the album.

“Binz,” is the other song that seemed different than others on the album, featuring three-part harmonies with a dense and spread bassline. The lyrics of this track repeat much less than the rest of the album, discussing African-American stereotypes, diversity in America, and Solange’s success amongst all of her difficulties.

The remainder of songs on the album all include repetition. Although some listeners have said this repetition can be interpreted as a kind of meditative state, it became boring as I listened to the entirety of the album.

After listening to multiple tracks in a row, I couldn’t extinguish most songs apart from each other. The repetitive lyrics and similar melodies seemed to mesh together and became uninteresting and confusing the longer I listened.