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CTRL: A High Art Conceptual Thinkpiece and CLASSIC
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2017
CTRL is a cinematic sonic adventure of a special kind of legend. One that comes from the most beautiful, bewildering and bountiful experiences...coming of age. SZA bravely shares her experience on her journey in womanhood and youth's endless feeling and illusions flawlessly. The album opens with food for thought from her mother as an opener and close that leads back to the main lesson. What is control. What is control for a woman. What is control for anyone... a façade, a concept or a reality? SZA reveals her conclusions while wielding the peaks and valleys of pleasure, pain and pressure along what has been her journey. Especially, when the burn of love goes left in the stunning self-reflective and strumming 'Supermodel' and sparkling 'Drew Barrymore'. SZA's lyricism throughout the album is unshakeable on the grimy Kendrick assisted 'Doves In The Wind' and frantic pulse of 'Prom'. Her skill at fusing different genres (Alternative Rock, Hip-Hop, Soul and Pop) vibes heightens the highs of the poetry in each track. Her magical voice casts the sweetest spells, when paired with the dashes of dynamic beats. Which pushes the potency of this thoughtful project into a lovely dimension of it's own. The way she addresses the idea of control in love, lust and self-discovery (the impeccable tear-jerker '20 Something' and intergalactic 'Anything') is both breathtaking and life-changing as a music lover. SZA is truly a gift and new legend in music with many treasures to be shared. This BEYOND exquisite album is a INSTANT CLASSIC, buy it now. I promise you won't be able to leave it be!