The TDE princess turned Queen, SZA, released her highly desired album on June 10th. SZA is still considered underground despite her mixtapes and songwriting for other artists so CTRL is a defining step in this young woman’s career, let us hope it lived up to the hype.
Stand Out Songs are “Supermodel”, “The Weekend”, “Go Gina”, “Love Galore”, and “Doves in the Wind”.
In “Supermodel”, Solána known as SZA, pens a letter to a recent lover/boyfriend where she lays out reasons and details for actions on her side. “Supermodel” is a surprising song and sets the tone for the album, ARTISTICALLY NOT GIVING A FUCK and only focusing on expression. SZA writes close to a state hurt but leaving on her terms and her way. Because of how the relationship ends she has no remorse for what see is going to say. Cutting lines are
Let me tell you a secret
I been secretly banging your homeboy
Why you in Vegas
All up on Valentine’s Day?
Why am I so easy to forget like that?
It can’t be that easy for you to get like that
Oh no she didn’t
Ooh yes I did
Oh no she didn’t
I’ll do it again
These raw feelings come from a cheating boyfriend who didn’t appreciate the woman that he had. In her chorus, she sings about how she could have been a supermodel in his eyes, flaws and all only if he would have had opened up to the idea.
Another song in poem form is “Go Gina”. “Go Gina” is SZA focusing on herself and only herself. Talks about hanging out with her friends to forget about the person she is not happy with or no longer with. From songs like this, it is easy to say that when SZA is done with a man she is done and has her reasons.
Pussy is the theme on “Doves in the Wind” featuring Kendrick Lamar who also doesn’t ever shy away from Pussy. SZA talks about pussy and creatively relates it to the movie Forest Gump. As far as the connection of pussy to Doves flying in the wind still working on that. Kendrick Lamar states the effect pussy has on a man, losing their mind to obtain it or wining and dining a woman just to get it.
After many listens and reading along with lyrics CTRL receives a 4.5 out of 5 TAU symbols. First time thoroughly listening to an SZA album and I honestly enjoyed it. This album is non-gender based but I feel that woman can learn from it and apply it to their lives. The album is really good and bravely touches on many insecurities that many women face in a blunt non-popish way.