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After releasing three different EPs in the past few years, R&B singer-songwriter SZA finally released her debut studio album on June 9th of this year. The album “Ctrl” (including features from Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, and more) allows you to truly connect to the lyrics and get into your emotions while simultaneously providing the perfect beats to dance your heart out to.
“Supermodel” touches on the feeling of needing validation from someone as much as you don’t want to need it. SZA talks about how she wishes she was completely comfortable with herself and confident with herself, but she does admit that having someone’s approval is what gave her that confidence and without the approval, she doesn’t feel good enough. She seems to gain her confidence more and more through each track on the album. Hearing Pharrell whisper near the end of the song is the cherry on top of one of the best tracks on the album.
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“Drew Barrymore” was the first single to be released from the album and it could possibly be the most popular. The actress Drew Barrymore herself even described the hit as having a “lack of perfection, a wink, and a backbite”. If that hasn’t convinced you enough that the song is great, the keywords in the song “tacos”, “blunt”, and “mom jeans” should do the job.
This badass track will have you breaking your neck during the snaps at the beginning and have you leaving feeling like the sexiest person in the world. SZA sings about owning the fact that while she may be considered the “sidechick”, she has this man enamored throughout the weekend.
Something SZA is praised for besides her incredible voice is the fact that she sings with such honestly. All of her lyrics feel like she’s wholeheartedly expressing everyone’s inner thoughts and perfectly wording them. The song, “Garden (Say It Like Dat)”, is a perfect example of SZA conveying the feeling of having insecurities that everyone deals with.
In this bop, SZA is making it clear that she’s down for the ride with this person, but isn’t sure if the feeling is mutual, which is where the best part of the song comes in when she sings, “Do you even know I’m alive?” over and over at around the 1 minute 45 second mark.
Honorable Mentions: Broken Clocks & 20 Something
Check out Ctrl on Spotify now!
Hi! My name is Jenna Ajlouny and I am a junior at Columbia College Chicago. I have a passion for creative writing, producing, and editing and I love working with others to make new ideas come to life!