True [EP] - Solange
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  • Summary: Beyoncé's younger sister returns with a seven-track EP she co-wrote and co-produced with Devonté Hynes. Digitally released 27 November 2012.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Dec 18, 2012
    91
    It's the self-possession of lyrics like these, and Solange's newfound love for sincere, catchy hooks, that make True the best work of her young career and one of most irresistible pop records of 2012.
  2. 88
    What's best, despite its New York-centric vibe, those locals looking for a beat-heavy record to crank at full volume while stuck in Los Angeles traffic need look no further.
  3. Nov 29, 2012
    80
    With seven tracks, it's more assertive than an EP but without the fully developed personality of an album. It's just enough that we know where Knowles stands: on her own.
  4. Jan 8, 2013
    80
    This is a fully realised tribute to early 80s pop-RnB music, filled with candy-sweet keyboard sounds and beats that could be the work of a battered old Casio drum machine.
  5. Nov 27, 2012
    79
    In the past, Solange dabbled with genres and moods like finger-paints; with True, she's made some bold, inventive brushstrokes.
  6. Jan 7, 2013
    70
    This is a promising prelude to Solange's third proper album.
  7. Dec 3, 2012
    50
    The 26-year-old goes all-in with the hipsters, swathing herself in melancholy synths. It's an awkward pivot.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Nov 29, 2012
    10
    After spoon-feeding "Losing You" to the musicverse this October, Solange not only delivers the main entrée with True, but also treatsAfter spoon-feeding "Losing You" to the musicverse this October, Solange not only delivers the main entrée with True, but also treats us to dessert, and leftovers to last us well into the next release. An ode to '80s throwback - complete with cameos from the infamous sounds of vintage Casio drums, Oberheim synths, and Earth, Wind & Fire bassist Verdine White. Boasting a non-traditional structure in regards to songwriting and production efforts, Hynes and Knowles opt for slow grooves to tell a story of unrequited love, "Losing You" and "Locked In Closets" being the only exceptions. Paced to a tranquil close with the standout track "Bad Girls (Verdine Version)," True is, at its core, a redux of the '80s greatest moments, glazed with the Knowles clan's Midas touch. Standout tracks - "Losing You", "Locked In Closets", "Bad Girls (Verdine version)" Collapse
  2. Nov 30, 2012
    10
    Lovely EP , one of the best projects of the year, each song is very strong. Awesome harmonies and production, she has a very niceLovely EP , one of the best projects of the year, each song is very strong. Awesome harmonies and production, she has a very nice voice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  3. Nov 30, 2012
    10
    Like sister like sister. Solange makes good music again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. Dec 5, 2012
    10
    True is really great, and Solange is truly talented. Her voice match too perfect with the melodies. Dev Hynes made a perfect work, he's one ofTrue is really great, and Solange is truly talented. Her voice match too perfect with the melodies. Dev Hynes made a perfect work, he's one of the best producer this year. True is touching, classic, timeless and addictive. Her lyrics are beautiful and impressive. I'm happy to see that she's finding her own style. Best EP of the year, so far! Expand
  5. May 2, 2013
    9
    The highly anticipated third album from the glamorous Solange has finally arrived. With its 80's sounds and production, listening to thisThe highly anticipated third album from the glamorous Solange has finally arrived. With its 80's sounds and production, listening to this album is like traveling back in time into an acclaimed and sound-driven world. The opening track "Losing You," incorporates bird sounds and soft vocals, and it is a bit reminding of MIA's "Bird Flu." "Some things never seem to work" has good raping, vocals and rythm. "Lovers in the parking lot," murders the first half of the album with its AH-MAZING vocals and beautiful lyrics such as "played around with your heart," that depicts a very personal and raw emotion behind the song. But, the absolute best highlight of the album is "Bad Girls (Verdine Version)," the most personal and honest song on the album, and Solange closes the album with this wonderful masterpiece of a song that incorporates everything that the album has so far, rap, beats, sounds, and beautiful vocals. Overall, this album deserves to be on the top 10 best albums of 2012, because Solange's TRUE sincerity and emotions are heard in everything that this album has to offer. Expand
  6. Dec 1, 2012
    8
    Impressive by any standard, but will Solange ever outshine her sister? This EP is a great attempt, but I feel that it falls short on a fewImpressive by any standard, but will Solange ever outshine her sister? This EP is a great attempt, but I feel that it falls short on a few levels. The music is very good, but I have an issue with the cover art - it's horrific. Stand out tracks are Lovers in the Parking Lot and of course, Losing You. Expand
  7. Jan 4, 2013
    8
    Let's not get it twisted; this album is uneven and Solange has room to grow. But she has surpassed her famous sister with this nostalgic EPLet's not get it twisted; this album is uneven and Solange has room to grow. But she has surpassed her famous sister with this nostalgic EP and has delivered some of the best R&B to come out of 2012. "Losing You" is by far the best track on the album, dripping with 80's throwback synths and neo-funk. I commend her for her efforts and look forward to her future. Expand

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