Author: Shanel Brock
After the 2013 release of EP Z and many rumors, fans began to wonder if TDE songstress SZA would bless the music industry with more projects to come. Since then, SZA’s unique style and voice have created an army of loyal followers that gravitate towards her music. Thankfully, after hints from CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith in late 2016, everybody had something to look forward to in 2017. Today, SZA Debuts her long awaited studio album Ctrl, packed with powerful vocals and acoustics for everyone to experience.
Ctrl features the single hit “Love Galore” featuring Travis $cott. Not too long after, TDE also released “Broken Clocks”, keeping everyone at the edge of the seat for what’s to come next. After going from the fresh and organic sound of Z to the swoon influenced Ctrl, we can hear that the artist is in a different space. Ctrl hosts themes of women empowerment, and growth, accompanied with SZA’s dominating voice.
At the start of the project, we hear guitar infused track “Supermodel”, which sounds like a sign off a letter to an ex. This helps set the tone for the rest of the album, which is easily a work of art. Throughout the album, you experience little antidotes about self-love and unapologetic self-expression. In addition to $cott, Ctrl also features appearances from James Fauntleroy, and TDE artists Kendrick Lamar and Isaiah Rashad.
Boom-baps are drenched in Kendrick Lamar featured track “Doves in the Wind”. Here, we get another life lesson about how there is more to offer in a relationship than sex. The artist also tackles the topic of insecurities that may come with relationships on following track “Drew Barrymore”. Track from the track, you can find yourself head bobbing to “Go Gina”, followed by swooning to “The Weekend”.
Not only is SZA an artist, but she’s an innovator. She introduces new ways and levels of feelings for her fans to experience. It’s no wonder why her music is easily loved, it has a one of a kind sound. No artist can really compare to the acoustics SZA creates, along with the lyrics she writes on her own. Hopefully, this won’t be the last we hear from SZA. Join the wave and experience Ctrl above.
“It’s about analog and being at a time where we were brought information more slowly. Control is a concept, you think about getting away from analog, control is an illusion, you try and force it.” – SZA