Top 40 of 2016: #8

TSJ: A huge artistic leap for Solange, “Cranes in the Sky” was co-written and co-produced with Raphael Saadiq, who was a smart choice. His backing track of mostly strings and drums (with some discreet piano) pairs sublimely with Solange’s lyrics about trying to do anything to avoid her pain. She tries to “drink it away,” “work it away,” but nothing works. Unexpectedly delicate, “Cranes in the Sky” is soul music that is simultaneously timeless and timely.


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