It’s finally here ya’ll!! SZA finally released her debut album ‘CTRL’ June 9th and I have had it on repeat ever since. I’ve literally been bumping it all week and it’s one of the most solid albums to be released this year. SZA did not disappoint, exploring the themes of infidelity, loneliness, heartbreak, abandonment, sex, and the insecurities that come along with being in your 20s; SZA brings along Kendrick Lamar, and Travis Scott for the ride as well. I have to be honest here, this album really had me all in my feelings. When I say in my feelings, I really mean it too. It’s a very raw, self-reflective album and although this is her story, it’ll feel like yours too. It’s not often an entire album brings tears to my eyes, but SZA accomplished just that; especially with my favorite song on the album. ‘Drew Barrymore’ (yes, like the actress), is track number 4 and it has a very somber tone. SZA paints a picture of a relationship that has run its course, but both parties stay because it’s better than being lonely. Another favorite, titled ‘The Weekend’, is set over a 90s R&B beat and explores what it’s like being the other woman: “You’re like 9 to 5, I’m the weekend, make him lose his mind on the weekend. You take Wednesday, Thursday then just send him my way, think I got it covered on the weekend”. When asked about the song SZA said: “…I’m saying that…we all share the same dude…None of us is his girl. All of us are just out here trying to get different things for different reasons. And my particular reason is just getting here and do what you said you were gonna do”
One of my favorite songs, Love Galore, was the only song with a video so far before yesterday's Drew Barrymore release. On this track, SZA is accompanied by Travis Scott. The video is great and starts with Travis being tied to the bed and ends with… well, the video is posted below so you’ll have to watch but as far as the song goes I think it’s something most of us can relate to. Going back. You know what I’m talking about! Going back to that guy or girl you know you SHOULDN’T go back to. Going back for seconds when you know that person isn’t good for you, and maybe you’re not good for them. Going back when you both know there’s no love there anyway. That’s the essence of this song and even though the subject matter is kinda heavy, it’s still a song you can dance to.
In fact, that’s the beautiful thing about this album, the whole thing is heavy but it’s nothing you can’t vibe to. You can find her album wherever it is you get your music from.