Solange demands to be heard on her A Seat at The Table album, out now.

“… we always talk about peace, but long as you find peace in what you’re doing, then you’re successful. See, you gotta do stuff to where you can go to sleep at night…” – from “Interlude: The Glory is in You”

You’re not the same person you were four years ago. Hell, not even a year ago.

That especially holds true for Solange Knowles. In time since her last musical body of work – 2012’s True EP, to be exact – the singer/songwriter/DJ has undergone a wealth of changes. She has a label of her own in Saint Heron, which has expanded from being just another music label to being a full blown brand and culture ambassador. She’s gotten married. Her son, Juelz, is a middle schooler now. Oh, and her most infamous moment to date may be blacking out on her sister’s husband, one Shawn Corey Carter.

Which is why A Seat at the Table arrives at the perfect time for Solange. The album, which was sprung upon fans and the general public  via surprise announcement earlier this week, touched down on all streaming platforms as of midnight EST, and it demonstrates a maturity of sound that the younger Knowles sister has never before had.

Yes, nostalgia has defined Solange’s style since Sol-Angel and The Hadley St. Dreams, but there is something more timeless about A Seat at The Table. It’s symbolic in places – as if its title weren’t an indication of that – and extremely direct in others. On “Cranes in the Sky,” for example, Solange shares her unhealthy coping mechanisms over ’70s Blaxploitation-style drums. It uses creative, gospel-inspired interludes to push the album forward. Its supporting cast is populated with a mix of characters as eclectic and “against the grain” as Solange is herself: from Moses Sumney and Kelela, to BJ The Chicago, to Lil’ Wayne (who continues his 2016 campaign of crashing features on “Mad”), to Q-Tip, to even Tweet.

But much like its creator, A Seat at The Table won’t be tied down to just one genre. Though the album’s initial tracks take on a jazzy feel, “Don’t You Wait” shifts the tone by marrying a EDM groove with a funky bassline that would make Isaac Hayes grin. Sampha soars alongside Solange on the bluesy standout cut “Don’t Touch My Hair.” And it goes full pro-Black in moments like “Where Do We Go” and “F.U.B.U.” At nineteen tracks deep, Solange’s latest aims to leave listeners with their ears and spirits full once they rise up from A Seat at The Table… and it may succeed at that almost effortlessly.

Stream Solange’s A Seat at the Table album for yourself down below, via Spotify. A Seat at The Table is out now on iTunes. Listeners can follow along with the lyrics for each song on ASATT via the album’s digital booklet, which Solange has made available on her website.