SZA-Ctrl: QUICK 100

hey wrote this for cult mtl

 

On “Ctrl,” SZA provides a much more focused sound than her past releases with a slew of commanding vocal performances falling over live-leaning alternative R&B instrumentation. The work feels a bit like one continuous melody, which can have its drawbacks—the choruses aren’t necessarily for the ages—but, her acrobatic melodies provide endless expression as she tackles the confusion of the “20 somethings.”  From songs about being the other woman, to having a partner lose interest, to anxiety over wasted youth, SZA pinpoints relatability while avoiding tired cliché.

-Donovan Burtan

8/10

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