Solange's latest album is as close to perfection as possible. It's smooth, it's so's everything. I tried to listen to it all the way through before choosing a favorite, but Cranes in the Sky grabbed my heart from the jump. It's so relatable. I listened to it while driving down I-85 and found myself in tears. At first, they were sad tears.. those "been there, felt that" tears. Many of us know the feeling- trying to do everything in your power to change a person or a situation- to no avail. Changing your physical appearance, changing your location; we've all been there.

After about the 3rd time on repeat, Cranes no longer induced sorrowful tears. The song made me happy. It reminded me of how nice it is to be in a place where I'm comfortable with myself; a place where I'm not driving myself crazy to change my universe. Nothing is more liberating than being genuine, and having genuine people around you. Vibes.

Just when I thought I couldn't love this song any more, she dropped the visuals. My first thought was "Solange is so weird". But weird in a good way. A weird that reminded me of myself- just out here kind of doing my own thing.


The entire album is filled with self-empowerment. Don't let your circumstances change you. Don't let the fear of judgement box you into being something you aren't. It's a beautiful message. Thank you Solo!

Sydnei Jarman