Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams

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Denise Duval, Common Sense Media
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Motown vibe is less sexy than big sis Beyonce.

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Positive Messages

One song talks about someone putting up with a guy being unfaithful, and another is about getting physical with someone too fast.


The song "T.O.N.Y." implies regret about sleeping with someone too soon ("Maybe it's mornin' and the thrill is gone"), "Would Have Been the One" is about being unfaithful ("And she was cool with his fooling around"). Sex is implied on "Sandcastle Disco" ("Would baby baby feel up these walls of mine") and on "Valentine's Day"("You know what kind of gifts I give baby/I'm ready when you are").


One song has the word "s--t" another says "ass." The worst offender is the final track, "This Bird" which features the refrain, "shut the f--k up."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

On the opening track, Solange assures us that "I'm not high," and on another she sings, "I want to go high, so high."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although this album is from Beyonce's sister, it's definitely an assertion of Solange's separate identity and own musical style. Several songs have some references to sex, but it's mostly implied, rather than directly in your face. One song has a subtle (more in the background) smattering of "s--t" and another, has a less subtle refrain of "shut the f--k up." There are also some references to being high.

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Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams

Solange's album is great but there may be some issues. It may talk about love and making out too much. It's always talking about relationships and bre... Continue reading

What's the story?

SOL-ANGEL AND THE HADLEY ST. DREAMS is a definite throwback to '60s soul and Motown. Solange seems to be asserting her own style and doesn't waste any time telling us that. On the very lounge-y opening track, \"God Given Name\" she croons, \"I'm not her and never will be/Let my star shine on its own.\" Other tracks delve into more delicate matters of the heart. \"T.O.N.Y\" captures regret over starting a physical relationship too soon, \"Would Have Been the One\" takes a stab at infidelity, and \"Valentine's Day\" is the album's break-up song. Much of the CD has a retro sound until \"Cosmic Journey\"; this two-parter starts out sweetly, almost dreamily, before morphing into a trance-style dance track.

Is it any good?

On the whole, this album is an impressive collection of eclectic tracks and unpredictable lyrics. Many of the songs are extremely catchy, even if R&B isn't your thing. (The Neptunes-produced "I Decided, Pt. 1" is a standout in this regard.) There are some weaker moments when Solange hits some higher notes, but despite these occasional slips, her voice is unique and distinctive and will definitely make people sit up and take notice -- and not just for being Beyonce's younger sibling.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Solange's music differs from that of her more famous sister. How do their voices compare? While she uses this album as an opportunity to assert her own identity, does it seem like it would be easier to get a record deal because of her connections? Does this album stand up for itself? Would it be hard to follow in the footsteps of a sister like Beyonce? Also, on "T.O.N.Y.," Solange seems to be expressing regret about starting a physical relationship with someone too soon. Why do you think this could be so? What are the risks of doing this?

Music details

  • Artist: Solange Knowles
  • Release date: August 26, 2008
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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