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Format: CD
Sku: 208535264
UPC: 602517810754
UPC 14: 00602517810754
Release Date: 8/26/2008
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. God Given Name ~ Solange (R&B)
2. T.O.N.Y. ~ Solange (R&B)
3. Dancing In The Dark ~ Solange (R&B)
4. Would've Been The One ~ Solange (R&B)
5. Sandcastle Disco ~ Solange (R&B)
6. I Decided - Pt. 1 ~ Solange (R&B)
7. Valentine's Day ~ Solange (R&B)
8. 6 O'Clock Blues ~ Solange (R&B)
9. Ode To Marvin ~ Solange (R&B)
10. I Told You So ~ Solange (R&B)
11. Cosmic Journey - (featuring Bilal) ~ Solange (R&B)
12. This Bird ~ Solange (R&B)
13. I Decided - Pt. 2 (remix) ~ Solange (R&B)
Solange is an American actress, R&B and pop singer, songwriter, producer, model and dancer. She is managed by her father Matthew Knowles and sister Beyonce. Her new album features the hit single "I Decided." The record includes production by Cee-Lo Green, Soulshock & Karlin, Polow da Don and Mark Ronson, as well as appearances by Q-Tip, Lil' Wayne, Estelle and Bilal.

"...a smartly executed, classy set of songs that's miles away from the hoochie pop being turned out by young female R&B vocalists these days.  Boston Globe
"The younger Ms. Knowles cooks up tasty variations on old-recipes.  Entertainment Weekly
"Solange combines retro warmth and current cool in ways her more commercially successful sibling probably can't.  Hartford Courant
"...the mix of organic, old-school instrumentation and more electronic elements makes for a loose, fun and reverent record.  Slant Magazine
"...a peppy album, rich with thumping horns, crisp percussion and light piano melodies.  The New York Times

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Sean Hurley (guitar, keyboards, bass instrument); John "Jabb" Broussard (guitar, bass instrument); Phillip Todd (saxophone); Noel Langley (trumpet, flugelhorn); Neil Sidwell (trombone); Manny Patino (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Jack Splash; Neil Pogue; Manny Marroquin; Dave Pensado; Ben H. Allen; Soulshock.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Jack Splash; Karlin; Simon Hale; Soulshock.
Muze PNote With her sophomore album SOL-ANGEL & THE HADLEY ST. DREAMS, Solange Knowles is out to change the fact that she's best known as "Beyonce's little sister." The family connection obviously hasn't hurt her, but where her debut was a tepid, run-of-the-mill urban-contemporary offering, Solange's follow-up is a creative spray of day-glo color, proving that this artist has a confident, unique identity all her own.
Muze PNote Steeped in vintage R&B samples and a freewheeling aesthetic that borrows from jazz, blues, hip-hop, and electronica, SOL-ANGEL grooves, surprises, and seduces. Whether she's channeling Marvin Gaye ("Ode to Marvin") or the stripped-down Motown vibe of lead single "I Decided," or dabbling in hip-hop or electro, the disc is fun back to front. Help from the Neptunes, Cee-Lo, Mark Ronson, Q-Tip, Lil Wayne, and Bilal makes the package glitter, but it's Solange's quirkiness and exuberance that makes this one of the better R&B albums of 2008.

Producer: Shea Taylor; Jack Splash; Bama Boyz; Mr. Familiar; Max Gousse; Karlin; Mark Ronson; Solange; Soulshock; Square; The Neptunes; Thievery Corporation

Engineer: Rommel Nino Villanueva; Andres Bermudez; Gelly Kusuma; Christian Plata; Ryan Gilligan; Shinnosuke Miyazawa; Andrew Coleman; Robert "LB" Dorsey; Patrick Magee

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Bilal

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Wack Album(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations White Women
Muze Music Compilations Saint Heron
Muze Music Compilations Cadillac Records (Music from the Motion Picture)
Muze Music Compilations Cadillac Records (Music From The Motion Picture) ( Deluxe Version)
Muze Music Compilations Yo Gabba Gabba: Music is Awesome, Volume 2

Associated Artists and Works

Knowles, Solange

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/26/2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2008
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : B001178502
Music Label Name Label : Geffen
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602517810754

Professional Reviews

Dot Music 8 of 10
When asked about her elder sister in recent interviews, Solange Knowles has tried changing the subject with a dismissive "I don't find that interesting at all." Not a very realistic strategy, but you can't blame her, if this peculiar little gem of a record is anything to go by. Beyonce might have the ten tonne voice, million megawatt fame and 24ct looks, but Solange seems to have inherited the personality and the soul...So while big sister's last record, "B'day" was an arrestingly eclectic and surprisingly tough R&B slammer, "Sol-Angel And The Hadley Street Dreams" is a more retro, idiosyncratic and melodically lush affair. Opener "God Given Name" can be taken as a declaration of independence, with its whoozy Marvin Gaye strings, restrained vocals, drug references and insistence that "I'm no sister". It's difficult to imagine Beyonce pulling this one off, but Solange does it with playful panache...Whether "Sol-Angel And The Hadley Street Dreams" will make Solange a superstar in her own right may be doubtful; only the vibrant, peppy "Sandcastle Disco" sounds like an obvious follow-up single, and elsewhere the album could be either too relaxed or too eccentric for many. But it's a fine, rich and extremely likeable record, nonetheless, and it deserves to find its audience even without that famous surname. - Jaime Gill



"Perceptions are not always based in reality, and nobody knows this better than me. With the release of my sophomore album, Sol-AngeL and the Hadley St. Dreams (Music World Entertainment/Geffen Records), I am ready to have every listener step into my very personal field of dreams, minus the preconceived notions.

When you look up the word biography, the Webster dictionary defines this as a written history of someone's life. Well, I figured no one would be able to tell this story better than I could, which is why this won't be a traditional artist bio.

My life as a performer started very early on. Classically trained in ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance, I stepped in, unexpectedly, as a back up dancer when a Destiny's Child dancer suddenly had to leave the tour. This position gave me the opportunity to travel all across the World to places such as Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa and Mexico. It was then I developed a deep sense of culture, style, and artistic influences.

At the age of 16, I released my debut album, Solo Star, on Columbia Records. This album was a creative turning point for me; a melting pot of different genres and sounds including R&B, Reggae, Alternative, and even Country. My first single "Feeling You," featuring Noreaga, was a Reggaeton/Dancehall inspired song. This was always the vision I had for the record despite my label's own reservations. Although I had all of the big-wig producers on board (The Neptunes, Timbaland, Rockwielder, and the Underdogs), I struggled to find one sound of my own. However, I found a new love for writing which I was able to showcase on Kelly Rowland's debut solo album, Simply Deep, shortly after.

Tapping into an old passion, acting was next on the radar for me. I was ready to soak up any great opportunity I could get and when I was selected to play the daughter of Cedric the Entertainer and Vanessa Williams in Johnson Family Vacation I signed on." --Solange

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Product attributeArtist:   Solange
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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