When your older sister is one of the most famous singers in the world, comparisons to your own efforts in the family business are unavoidable. For Solange Knowles, younger sister of Beyoncé, this EP, a tease of her forthcoming third full-length, mostly puts them to bed. “Lovers in the Parking Lot,” a Destiny’s Child-style ballad, is the lone point of stylistic crossover; the rest of the songs here, produced by Dev Hynes, who was also behind Sky Ferreira’s 2012 song of the year contender, “Everything Is Embarrassing,” swoon through that doe-eyed track’s cheap drum-machine throwback pop. “Losing You” is a standout and Solange’s closest approximation of ’80s dance-pop-heartbreak in the early Janet Jackson mold. “Don’t Let Me Down” is another winner, a drum-forward ballad with a minimal piano and funk riff guitar. This isn’t pop music in her sister’s obvious, melismatic, and melodramatic mold; rather it’s pop music for people who didn’t know they were looking for pop music. (Out now) LUKE O’NEIL
Album Review | R&B / POP
By Luke O’Neil| Globe Correspondent January 07, 2013
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