I've been so caught up in my little world lately that it didn't register that Solange's album release date in the UK was August 18th. Thankfully, it finally registered and I popped down to my local music store to get MY copy!
I think the album comes together very nicely and doesn't depart from the funk and jazz infused Motown sounds we've been hearing on the leaked/released songs. The vocals, instruments and arrangement are all on point, and with production by The Neptunes, Jack Splash and Mark Ronson amongst others, I think Solange has come a long way since her first offering, Solo Star. There aren't too many features (just two actually; Bilal and Lil' Wayne), and as a result one can really hear her (sound).
iLike: Would've Been The One, Sancastle Disco, Valentine's Day (she sounds frightingly like Beyoncé on this one), 6 O'clock Blues, Champagnechroniknightcap.
Cosmic Journey is my absolute favourite (probably because I'm partial to Bilal *!*).
The reason why I really like the album though is because the sound can't really be classified and there's something for everyone on it regardless of whatever genre you favour.
'...Hadley's a long road to travel...'
now someone pass me that good 'ooh-woo'