Monday, June 12, 2017

ctrl

   A 20-something's dream formed of romantic nightmares. ctrl is like floating on a cloud of heartache and grief, a melodic journey through one's spirituality. Thematically weaving love, sex, self-doubt, and a carefree attitude our lovely SZA done did it !
Fans have been awaiting a SZA album for the last 3 years. The long-haired freckled face teen queen first hit the scene with a mixtape titled "see.SZA.run" followed by "S" and then a project called "Z" after her signing with TDE (Top Dawg Entertainment), the label that brought us our beloved Kendrick Lamar. She gained most mainstream recognition for her project "Z" and music lovers have been anxiously awaiting more ever since.


   and it is here ! With perfect timing as the pre-summer heat teases all of us. The first track is "Supermodel", a love letter, well a break-up dedicated to a lover who won't claim her. Before the song even starts we hear a voice, that sounds like an older woman saying "My greatest fear that if I lost control, or did not have control things would just, be -- fatal". Listening to the album we hear this voice a few more time discussing things they've learned about life and friendships, listeners later learn that this is SZA's mother, which makes the album even more of a gem. The album also features flawless verses from TDE label mates Kendrick Lamar and Isaiah, both incredibly fitting for each song. Travis Scott is the only other featured artist on the single "Love Galore" which was released just a few weeks prior.




   A few standout tracks include The Weekend, Broken Clocks, and 20-something all sure to put anyone deep in their feelings. Nonetheless, all of the songs are beautiful. Walking down the street, sitting in the park, crying over an ex, cleaning the house? Whatever you are doing ctrl is a great option for just relaxing and getting into some good good. SZA does not shy away from the truth and has probably sparked music festival ticket sales for this summer because I know I NEED to see this performed live, all of it.

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