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  • Summary: The fourth full-length album for the R&B singer is a surprise release.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    A stunning effort. Solange creates such fully realized art that even when she may be expressing uncertainty and doubt, she’s charging herself--and her audience--with finding possibility.
  2. 100
    Remarkable... a lovingly assembled production that rarely goes where you expect it to — but, like Solange herself, always puts across a clear sense of place.
  3. 91
    When I Get Home is universal because of Solange’s deep respect for her own home. The way she switches beats and flows constantly surprises, even on a tenth listen, unraveling new riches each time. Solange’s latest mystifies and stuns, leaving you awestruck as she cements her legacy as a true generational voice.
  4. 80
    When I Get Home is an album, yes. But ultimately, it’s a sleepy, uplifting antidote to the often painful reality that black people, particularly black Americans in Solange’s experience, have been increasingly facing in recent years. We’re in the midst of ever-escalating chaos. But here Solange has come, offering us a chance not just to rest, but to relish in that languidness.
  5. Mar 15, 2019
    80
    A beautiful stream of consciousness, Home is the sound of an artist, donning a cloak of creative freedom. It’s a look that suits her.
  6. Mar 7, 2019
    80
    Some portions sound raw enough to have been generated on the spot, prioritizing feeling over "proper" songs. Certain tracks offer little more than riffing and moodscapes, yet all 19 are shaped into a concise flowing whole with subtle twists and turns.
  7. Mar 1, 2019
    60
    There are lots of intriguing ideas here, and it might be better thought of as one long fragmentary track than a collection of songs. But it’s an album that feels like it’s hovering rather than actually heading anywhere, diverting rather than impactful.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
  1. Mar 7, 2019
    10
    In many ways this is the closest show to ST:TOS there ever was. Weekly self-contained episodes. Despite being on a star ship the leadershipIn many ways this is the closest show to ST:TOS there ever was. Weekly self-contained episodes. Despite being on a star ship the leadership is drawn into solving a moral problem, usually from another species and just like Gene Roddenberry's original creation (Roddenberry wrote police episodes before Star Trek). The humor is sometimes flat, often amazing (Cupid's dagger). They are working on developing a dramatic side in S2. It's the second or third best Star Trek cast of all time (far better actors than ST:TNG). You must see this show and don't judge until you've seen S1E3. Expand
  2. Mar 2, 2019
    10
    The singer follows exactly where she left off during the production of the last album, reinforcing the detailed racial thematic in songs. TheThe singer follows exactly where she left off during the production of the last album, reinforcing the detailed racial thematic in songs. The album investigates the origin, questioning how much of ourselves we carry with us versus what we leave behind in evolution. There are litlle interludes that serve as connection between the tracks. The album incorporates jazz, hip hop and R&B. Expand
  3. Mar 2, 2019
    10
    This album is a masterpiece! There are elements from different genres and the style is perfect! it is perfectly composed and the voice ofThis album is a masterpiece! There are elements from different genres and the style is perfect! it is perfectly composed and the voice of Solage is clear and elegant. Really good! Expand
  4. Mar 12, 2019
    8
    An incredibly cohesive album pushing artistic boundaries.

    Fav tracks: Almeda, Stay Flo, Down With the Clique, Binz
  5. Mar 3, 2019
    6
    In comparison to "A Seat at the Table", this album is a solid evolution in her sound; however, the album cannot measure up lyrically. HowIn comparison to "A Seat at the Table", this album is a solid evolution in her sound; however, the album cannot measure up lyrically. How Solange wrote these lyrics without realizing how uninspired and pathetic they sound is beyond comprehension. The album leaves no impact, memorability or something meaningful to say. "When I Get Home" is shallow enough to be played in the background when no one is really listening. Expand
  6. Mar 1, 2019
    5
    I feel like I may be a little biased considering how much I loved A Seat At The Table, but this new Solange album just feels like a bit of aI feel like I may be a little biased considering how much I loved A Seat At The Table, but this new Solange album just feels like a bit of a misfire to me.

    The two best things about this album, Solange's voice and the production, are as brilliant as ever, with some songs being attributed to some of the most intriguing figures in music today, such as Dev Hynes of Blood Orange, Tyler, the Creator and Panda Bear of Animal Collective. The production, across the board is misty, moody, beautiful, and the best thing about this album.

    Solange's voice is also fantastic, weaving some beautiful harmonies into some of these songs, expertly letting her voice float above these wonderful beats, and on first listen, it sounds incredible.

    Unfortunately, bar some of the tracks on this album, When I Get Home seems like a little bit of a disappointment, mainly on the songwriting front and some of the odd features she ends up sprinkling around this record.

    The songwriting on this album is some of Solange's weakest, and on tracks where the production is even slightly weak, or her vocal performance isn't quite as stunning as some of the other tracks, it's awkwardly noticeable. Early cut 'Down With The Clique' features some of the weakest production on the album, and Solange's repetitive and boring lyrics on this track makes it less of a highlight than you would've thought it to be, especially considering Tyler, the Creator was involved in the making of this song, as well as Standing On The Corner on producing duties.

    The track 'My Skin My Logo' is annoyingly repetitive, with Solange's worst vocal performance on the album on here, despite some genuinely great production from Tyler. This track also brings us to another reason why this album didn't sit quite right with me; the features on this album are terrible.

    Two of the high-profile features on this album include lyrical-genius (/s) Playboi Carti and Gucci Mane, and when Gucci comes in on the aforementioned track, his presence seems duly noted, like he was drafted in at the last minute and doesn't know why he's there.

    The Playboi Carti feature on the track 'Almeda' is horrible. This is coming from a guy who adored 'Die Lit'. He doesn't fit the vibe of the track at all! I don't know how he ended up on this song, nevertheless this album, his voice over this slow, R&B cut is so grating and annoying. It's a hilarious moment on the album, but maybe not the effect Solange was going for.

    I do like the general vibe of this album though, it's silky, smooth, lushly produced, and Solange's voice is genuinely fantastic, but too often her feature choices or songwriting lets the album down, which is a massive shame.
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  7. Mar 2, 2019
    2
    I'm trying so hard to enjoy this album but i can't. It seems very messy and the tracks are way to short. The big amount of interlzdes isI'm trying so hard to enjoy this album but i can't. It seems very messy and the tracks are way to short. The big amount of interlzdes is annoying to me. Expand

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