Aidin Vaziri | Make way for Solange Knowles. With her first new album in eight years, “A Seat at the Table,” Beyoncé’s younger sister delivers a gorgeous, multilayered collection of songs that evokes the left-of-center genius of artists such as Prince and Erykah Badu. Digitally released on Sept. 30 with no advance notice, the record claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard chart weeks before fans could get their hands on a physical copy. Its triumph is deserved. Highlights such as “Cranes in the Sky” and “Don’t You Wait” are at once lush and audacious, bringing together cascading vocals with stark rhythms and heavy themes. Solange is a calm ruler, tempering her outrage at the state of the world with celestial smackdowns such as “F.U.B.U.,” “Mad” and “Don’t Touch My Hair,” while a string of guests, including parents Mathew Knowles and Tina Lawson, detail their struggles with racial discrimination in captivating between-song narratives.