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REVIEW: SZA Takes Over With Her New Album, ‘CTRL’

No question, SZA is on some next level shit with this one. Her new album, CTRL, is proof positive that there is plenty of room at TDE for more than just Hip-Hop hitmakers.

The album looks to be the start of an illustrious career… although SZA has been around for quite some time—having performed with the likes of Chance the Rapper, Jill Scott, Rhianna, D.R.A.M., Wale, ScHoolBoy Q, and A$AP Ferg to name a few—CTRL is the St. Louis-born, alternative R&B songstress’ debut studio album. It is punchy and unapologetic with a more modern trap sound, and a surefire chart-topper for the 26-year-young, singer-songwriter.

The album opens with “Supermodel,” a guitar-led introduction about being comfortable in one’s skin, co-written and co-produced by Pharrell Williams.

Travis Scott joins SZA on “Love Galore,” a trap-infused R&B track that was first released back in April, and already has its sights set on the Billboard music charts.

“Doves in the Wind,” her latest single off the album, features Kendrick Lamar on a track that really has nothing to do with “doves” nor “the wind.” The song is all about pussy. Plain and simple.

SZA premiered her first single, “Drew Barrymore” with a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in January. It’s an instant classic, with its smooth instrumentals and her almost Nelly Furtado-like vocals, which she claims was inspired by the actress’ films.

Another standout track, “Go Gina,” features GRAMMY Award winning producer Frank Dukes, whose most recent credits include New Zealand pop artist Lorde’s hit single “Green Light,” and former One Direction pop singer Zayn’s “Still Got Time” featuring PartyNextDoor.

“Broken Clocks” is without a doubt songstress’ most seductive song to date. Read more about it in Salute’s breakdown of her single.

SZA continues to shine with “Anything,” a beautifully melodic neo-soul song featuring samples of Donna Summer’s “Spring Reprise.”

“Pretty Little Birds” is another of the album’s more noteworthy songs, featuring Tennessee recording artist Isaiah Rashad on this jazzy downtempo tune.

The album closes with the beautiful “prayer” to the “20 Something[s]” of the world. It’s an acoustic led melody that just wraps things up so perfectly.

Review: 5/5

CTRL is a must have for any fan of Hip-Hop, R&B, or Soul music. It is just perfect for so many reasons and stands to be a breakout hit for the emerging young talent.

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