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Album Review

SZA – Ctrl

SZA – Ctrl

By: Riley Naughton

If you are into slow jams and vibe-driven music then definitely give this a listen, what a great album. SZA’s CTRL is perfect if you’re looking for some ambient music to listen to while studying or just hanging out with some friends, this is the perfect soundtrack for those wanting beat driven R&B-Hip Hop sounds backed with ethereal guitar moments throughout the entire album. CTRL  is definitely one of my favorite albums at the moment, with many instant favorites on it.

This is SZA’s first full length album backed by her new official record company not including her other EP entitled Z. The title describes her record labels control on the production of this album, and the lack thereof that she had when writing her songs.

With very analog sounding backgrounds, the absence of digital production, feels very “vibey”. Her song, “Drew Barrymore” which debuted in early January this year is one of her lead singles on this album along with the popular, chart topping “Love Galore” featuring Travis Scott. If Lana Del Rey was a rhythmic R&B artist than this is definitely that style of music. Just like I said in my album review of Kehlani’s Sweet, Sexy, Savage, I recalled her similarities in her voice to that or Rihanna, and the same is true with SZA’s vocal qualities, as well as sounding like Kehlani herself.

One of my favorite songs on the album is “Broken Clocks”, which is drenched in this really relaxed groove and smooth riffing vocals just like the icing on the cake that is this album. All of her songs are very catchy and sure to draw the listener in and wanting more. Somehow with not being able to have as much artistic control with this album it still sounds fairly complete and cohesive.

Although I have many favorites on this album, my very favorite song is “Drew Barrymore”, which is also lead single on the album and oddly has nothing to do with the famous actress of hers. It has a great chorus that will definitely have you singing it for the rest of the day/week.

Overall, this album is such a wonderful piece of art in the form of modern Hip-Hop music. So at your next casual get-together, make sure to play this in the background and I’m sure people will love the ambient sounds.

Rating 10/10

Favorite Tracks: Love Galore, Drew Barrymore, Prom, Go Gina, Broken Clocks

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October 26th, 2017

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