So, apparently, bougie Black chicks love SZA. Well, so do big bosses because that album is fire. SZA set the internet ablaze with her new album Ctrl, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart.
I had a startling moment with Ctrl while I was getting dressed in my room one day. I was entranced by her record “Broken Clocks,” I was playing it on repeat, when I noticed it was 12:34 p.m. I looked up 1234 in numerology and it said that means change is coming, which is ironic because I had been struggling getting over my ex. I know. Sad. But, this omen gave me hope. So, if not for anything else, thanks SZA.
Otherwise, throughout the album, her raspy and smooth melodic voice is enchanting. There’s an edginess and a mysterious, sultry tone and a realness to it as if she were a siren beckoning one to either tremendous pleasure or eternal damnation. Musically, on Ctrl, I’ll go with the former.
This album is intensely personal and, on the first track, “Supermodel,” SZA brings you right into her insecurities right off the gate. She lamented her ex-boyfriend “left her lonely for prettier women” and took a trip to Vegas without her on Valentine’s Day. So, she “banged his homeboy” out of spite. For shame. I thought you were a good girl SZA.
On “The Weekend” she romanticizes being the side chick. And, she expresses her urge to revel in love which she finally found on “Love Galore” opposite the rapping of Travis Scott.
Overall the album paints a concise picture of overcoming insecurities to the triumph of self-esteem. And demonstrates the power of being vulnerable as a woman.