SZA’s ability to use her uniquely soulful and poetic voice in a hip yet nostalgic way is really interesting . Her captivatingly soft vocals pull you in but her harshly real and spoken-word type lyricism keep you listening. Before the album dropped, I had already heard “Love Galore” and “Broken Clocks”- which I loved- so my expectations for Crtl as a whole were pretty high and my girl SZA didn’t let me down.

When the complete album dropped I was –thankfully- at home in my room, so I was able to blast it from start to finish without any interruptions. From “Supermodel” all the way to “20 Something”, I was pleasantly surprised but also thrilled at how much I enjoyed every single song on the record.

SZA’s ability to talk about taboo topics such as sharing your man, “The Weekend”, or dealing with feelings of not being seen or heard by someone you love, “Anything” isn’t really anything new because a lot of artist do that. However, her openness and distinctly conversational tone and alluring poetic vocals set her apart from her artistic peers. I personally have a hard time finding anyone who sounds like or makes me feel the way SZA does.

Crtl is exactly what we need in the age of one-hit wonders and commercial tracks that are made to solely get radio play and not actually evoke any form of positive or intellectual emotions or thoughts  from listeners. In the age of “ I just wanna get on records and or tracks” Crtl is beacon of hope for true lovers of poetic music.

 

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