Walking in an older sibling's footsteps can be challenging—especially if said sibling is BeyoncÉ Knowles of Destiny's Child.
Walking in an older sibling's footsteps can be challenging—especially if said sibling is Beyoncé Knowles of Destiny's Child. But that's not stopping 16-year-old Solange from wanting to claim her piece of the R&B/pop pie. On this by-the-numbers debut, the teen draws from a hitmakers-of-the-moment roster that includes Timbaland, the Neptunes, the Underdogs, Rockwilder, and big sis, not to mention guest turns by Lil' Romeo, N.O.R.E., B2K, and St. Lunatics' Murphy Lee. And therein lies the problem. Too many sculptors' hands are trying to mold a new solo star whose individual musical identity gets lost in the process. The young artist fares best on such tracks as the uptempo "So Be It" and ballad "Sky Away," both of which she co-wrote and co-produced. Solo Star isn't a bad first effort. But next time around, it will be nice to hear the real Solange.—GM