SOLANGE at the Danforth Music Hall, Friday, February 22. Rating: NNN
A huge part of Solange's appeal is her relaxed, low-key vibe. She's on the opposite end of the R&B spectrum than her famous older sister Beyoncé: no pyro, no costume changes, no lasers. While that regal restraint is exactly why we love her, it's also a mixed blessing when it comes to live performances. She's got charisma galore, and her casual un-choreographed dance moves are just as adorable in person as they are in the video for Losing You, but the overall vibe was so chilled out that it often came uncomfortably close to sleepy.
A big part of the problem was the muddy sound mix that made it seem like we were listening to her performing at the other end of a cave. The Danforth Music Hall could become one of the best venues in the city, but it's a very boomy sounding and reverberant room, which often made it sound like we were listening to ambient remixes of Solange's already laid-back soul songs. Still, she's incredibly charming, and shows great potential as a performer. All she needs is a couple more tours under her belt.