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SZA

2017

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Calming, pleasant grooves...about pussy and booty. Sigh.

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Eh, just modern r&b that seems to celebrate trashiness. Lots of ting ting ting sounds, do u wanna fuck dis pussy n---a, etc etc. Imagine if this ends up getting shot into space for the aliens to hear, haha. 1/5.

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That's just shit

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A beautiful, messy dive into the mind, life, and relationships of SZA. The album is aptly named, as it touches so many aspects of what control means...what does it mean to be in control? What do you get from it, or what do other people get from having it over you? Is it worth it? So many thoughts and ideas radiate from SZA's confessional record. With the emotional and narrative strength she harbors, the production and music is as equally strong. And there lies a deeper layer of control, to have such a strong presence musically while covering subjects of infidelity, betrayal, the struggles of womanhood and youth...it's so richly done. There's definitely a lot to unpack, and sometimes the album gets lost in certain moments, but it feels like an album that only ages and matures with each listen. The Kendrick feature was a little weak for me, and some sound choices were a little underwhelming, but overall I really enjoy this album. It makes you think. Consider me a fan. Favorite Songs: Prom, 20 Something Least Favorite: Wavy

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4.4 + An honest and raw survey of love and sex from the perspective of a young female of color. SZA unbares herself emotionally, and at times it sounds like she's almost ugly-crying while handing me her phone so I can read a text from bae. Despite the rawness of emotion, the songs themselves are sophisticated with interesting chord structures and arrangements. Also, SZA's voice is just delicious. Highlights: "Supermodel", "The Weekend", "20 Something."

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Absolutely nothing special about this - nice enough, if you like that sort of thing. I don't. It's just offensive, passive racist rubbish.

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Not my bag but wasn't bad I guess. Hard to have an opinion

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Wow! Normalmente este tipo de música no es mi estilo, pero este disco me atrapó desde el inicio.

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Absolutely gorgeous Normal Girl and Go Gina supremacy I loved the hints of her grandmother throughout

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Have heard this album praised before and this listen was good confirmation of that. Shocked I'd never listened before!

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I’m kicking myself for not listening to this sooner!

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Enjoyed

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very cool

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Rating: 9/10 Bests songs: Love galore, Doves in the wind, Drew Barrymore, Prom, The weekend, Normal girl, Pretty little birds

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F$*&. This is what I hate about modern rap and R&B (thanks Dre). The opening track's lyrics are super deep to start and the music accompaniment is great. Her voice is also very good. Raw energy. And then it devolves into f$*&ing your man and how big his dick is. Track 3 doesn't even bother with the pretense - let's just sing about pussy. Again, thanks Dre and other trailblazers. One day I'll really delve into this because I love rock, which is often about sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Perhaps its the bluntness of R&B that gets me, and perhaps rock has more poetic innuendo. Or maybe I'm being unfair to R&B and biased toward rock. BS lyrics and typical tropes aside, there's a lot to like about the album. Drew Barrymore is awesome; real powerful. Prom is a little poppy, but I quite liked it. I kinda knew where The Weekend was going from the opening sleazy/porn beat. Kind of stayed that way for a few tracks - a little more poetry and innuendo than earlier tracks though. All in all, she is a good lyricist, just wish she'd write about deeper stuff more often (like 20 Something). Music, beats, tracks well polished.

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Raw, harsh, by turns aggressive and melancholic.

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Didn't expect to like it....loved it!

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Big fan of this album

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Love Sza’s lyrics, vocals are great, music is good

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SZA has talent and this album is a bop. For me probably not a modern-day classic but that's for the critics to decide, I guess.

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Pussy juice exploding right in my eyes. It stings a little, but feels wonderful. I mix it with acid and throw it at innocent bystanders in the street. Fuck them.

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Bra grejer, musiken lät bra och jag tyckte SZAs meddelande var positivt och välakrivet.

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Pop-soul suavecín. No está mal.

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J’ai aime le style. R&b hiphop ca sonne biene t c’estplaisant 4

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You know what, its all very impressive.

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NSFW but I did anyway. I liked it more and more as it progresses.

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This was very slick - listened twice while working and it's melodic enough in most places that it slips pleasantly into the background - I'd probably get more out of it with a focused listen paying more attention to the lyrics... Fave track - "20 Something", maybe? Or "The Weekend"... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Sizzles

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Not the usual genre I listen to but this was good, liked Kendrick's song

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Modernt RnB

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I don’t think I am SZAs target market but this was pretty good with lots of weird sounds and odd twists and turns.

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There's a lot of talent here, but I can't do R&B, it's just dull.

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Inconsistent, but very good when it gets its stride. Highlight tracks: 4, 8, 9, 10

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This may be a tad harsh because I didn’t give it my full attention…. I’ll try and revisit!

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😼

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This is pleasant enough but I struggle to see why it is put on such a high pedestal, it sounds a lot like all the other neo-soul/alternative R&B out there. It's no A Seat At The Table.

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meh, not my bag at all but fairly acceptable. its nice to see banging on about your genitals isn't just a male rapper thing.

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Nice r&b with cool murky beats on some tracks. I think this list could have stopped being updated at 2005 though, just a thought

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Mediokert svag trea fr Några bra men i allmänhet tråkigt!

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It's a solid album not bad not perfect. It has some good songs "like doves in the wind". I liked the album but I probably won't listen to it again any time soon.

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5/10

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Blurry slurred delivery and lazy beats. A lot of it sounds like the same couple of ideas endlessly reworked. Nice enough but a bit shrug really.

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Good contemporary stuff, although a bit too forward for my sensitive ears. Don’t think it has long term staying power though, very much on the disposable end of the pop spectrum (unlike, for example, Solangés album, which is a clear inspiration)

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The music had a great, positive vibe to it. The lyrics, though!!

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Love this so much

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An intriguing album from an artist with a lot to say, SZA brings late night tales of modern relationships over sparse stripped back beats. Whilst it’s not a classic there’s plenty to enjoy and more to come, no doubt.

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I listened to this when it came out but hadn't gone back to it, it's still pretty good. She's definitely one of the better RnB songwriters

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Lovely stuff

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You know, good standard late 2010s pop

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A little raunchy, but some good stuff here. Loved "20 Something".

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I enjoyed this. Really smooth and well crafted r'n'b. More interesting than the mainstream, with real (gasp!) personal viewpoints. Enjoyable. Sounds like this was a crushing, angst-filled experience to produce, and who knows if she will ever manage to follow it up, but here's hoping she does. Standout track for me: The Weekend.

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Pretty ok, not fully my buzz I don't think

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I don't listen to much 2010s music so I had to listen closely to this neo-soul entry, which is one of the most raved about. I decided to look up the opinions online, but it all boils down to how gorgeous her appearance and voice are, and how "relatable" her lyrics are. Damn zoomers. One thing I notice is how most songs start off with a unique chillwave sample. Some forget about it immediately but other tracks really morph it as the song goes on. Immediately with "Supermodel" I notice she sounds a lot like Amy Wimehouse. It's a great track to start off the album and entice me. Love the drums at the end. Next we have two collabs. "Love Gazore" has an ok beat, but Travis Scott's autotune is the most horrific sound imaginable. Almost turned me off. "Doves in the Wind" is a much better collab. Lamar really kills it with performance, and SZA does better here too. Check out the music video for this one. Nice samples. "Drew Barrymore" returns the focus to those strong vocals. More and more she sounds like Winehouse. Really impactful chorus, and amazing violins at the end. "Prom" is an outliner synthwave dance track. Not sure why this exists, or why it wasn't a single. It's good. The next song "The Weekend" is the lead single I believe, which serves as an ode to 90s neo-soul. Has the most poetic and unique lyrics but is a tad monotonous. The second half songs were much less impressive. "Go Gina" is the most boring track. "Garden" is boring, especially those beats, but it's bright and I like when it picks up. "Broken Bells" has a grand sound but it still sounds generic. "Anything" was a strange exception, I really enjoyed the 80s computer samples, felt magical and dreamy, and that wall of sound in the coda was really pleasing. The interlude "Wavy" really sucked. A low for me. "Normal Girl" is pretty decent, nice vocal performance and entrancing samples. Is that a guitar ending? The next is a collab, and SZA sounds angelic here, but little can be said. There's some interesting samples, like a jazz piecd. We end with "20 Something." The lyrics are a fitting melancholic closer to the album, and the sample tries to match it (could be better), but the mixing is bad, and she's putting a little too much effort and not enough emotion for what's to be a solemn end.

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sounds like an average modern rb pop album tbh thematics and lyrics are at some points above average but the rest sounds like drum loops so im not sure why there is a book required for the writing credits

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Decent R&B/Rap that doesn't really offer anything and whose addition to this list is questionable. Not bad enough for a two stars though

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2.5

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I wouldn't normally choose to listen to this music, however I did like the tracks. The lyrics, not so much.

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This album get's 2 stars for the creative song-writing. The vocals however are terrible. Her voice has so much processing and auto-tune applied that maybe she should just considered song-writing for others. If you want to hear an amazing R&B that came out around the time this one did check out Kali Uchis' Isolation. It should replace CTRL in the book.

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I like how the music is syncopated. "Weekend" was pretty good. But once you autotune, I'm out. I cannot stand autotune. I know it's on pretty much every song now, but she seems to have a good voice. She doesn't need to sound like everyone else. But with autotune? She does.

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Didn't mind that but found it quite boring...

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It doesn't warrant a 1-star review but it's a low 2. Generic bland r&b and the only songs that stood out for me were for the wrong reason, except the last song "20 something". She has a nice voice.

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How is this trash different to all the other RNB shite?

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Ctrl is SZA's debut album containing R&B/neo Soul music. The production was well done and SZA's lyrics are beautiful, so it was no wonder that this album received widespread acclaim at release, and is now certified double platinum. The emphasis of this album is on SZA's voice and songwriting skills, backed by slow jams. Honestly, this isn't my type of music so I'm a little biased when I say that this album didn't hold my attention. I also hate to describe an album this way, but this one feels like a "girl's" album. The album is a coming-of-age musical performance for the young women of this generation, that touches on topics of relationships, sex, love, jealousy, anxiety, self-esteem, and social media, all from SZA's point of view based on her life. SZA released a pretty amazing debut album and she is still one of the top female singers of today.

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listened to the first track for a bit, thought I'd skip forward a bit to see what the rest is like. Nearly gave it a complete no, but then Prom came along which was ok (for me) Couple more tracks - then decided no, to much other good stuff to listen to in this world

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holy fuck she sounds obnoxious and i hate her voice

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5/10

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What an absolute fuck monster. If Shakin' Stevens got Parkinson's, would it still be acceptable to call him Shakin' Stevens?

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Not for me

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Meh - whiny stuff about shagging gaidos

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I respekt the talent. But this one just ain't for me dawg

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5/10

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Pleasant r&B voice, usual sex content, but not very amusing or opaque. I liked the minimalist backing music. Nothing too complicated or over produced. Occasionally vocal would better left alone without any effects. Quite ordinary in general.

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Sorry, not a fan of so much n word.

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Ctrl+Alt+Del

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Alright I suppose, was a fairly standard randb pop affair.

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Typical modern music really, good production, soulful vocals, crap lyrics. Not much songwriting craft going on either.

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I just can't do modern R&B. It started shitting the bed in the 70s and there's not much in the genre that's appealed to me since then.

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A few good songs but this is mostly pretty bland

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Average vocals, disappointing features, slow tempo and boring instrumentals, just nothing to be impressed by. I hate that some classic album lost its spot on the list for this one.

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2/5 naaah

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ointressant och tråkigt.

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garbage.

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Why is this here? I can easily go through life without hearing this album. Generic r&b/pop. Auto-tune, triplet beats etc. No different or exciting as anything else that's been released on the pop market for years now. Don't waste your time. Best Tracks: Supermodel; Doves (feat. Kendrick Lamar); Drew Barrymore

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Bad

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I started hating this, (how many times can you say “f**k” and “p***y” in one song), but some of the other songs were pretty catchy. I just feel like the first couple of songs scraped the bottom of the barrel of depravity and immaturity I couldn’t enjoy the rest of the album. 🤷🏽‍♂️ To each his own.

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yeah, no, its bad

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Ya sabemos que no me gusta el rap y/o hip hop, pero que encima canten como víctimas de un accidente cardiovascular en el cerebro, no más ya no. Ctrl + Alt + Del

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Me agradó mucho la idea original de uno de los discos recientes y que no había ni escuchado el nombre de la artista. Triste decepción. La música por sí sola está bien. Nada especial, nada malo, simplemente bien. Si fuera solo un instrumental, habría sido un álbum intermedio, pero no lo fue. La mayor desventaja de este álbum fueron las voces y las letras. Fueron horribles. Realmente terrible. No soy de los que deberían hablar de lo buenas que son las voces porque de seguro en menos de lo que espero voy a estar alabando en esta misma lista a alguien como Patti Smith, pero este estilo de canto de sonsonete R&B moderno que el chiste es sonar de hueva no lo aguanto. No sé cómo describirlo, pero si quien lo escuchó creo lo entenderá (y probablemente habrá quien no esté de acuerdo conmigo). Realmente no puedo soportar ese estilo vocal. Si en algún momento descubre cómo dejar de cantar con hielo seco en la boca, pudiera interesarme. Las letras también bastante sosas. El peor ejemplo es "Doves in the Wind". No me molestan en lo más mínimo las canciones sexuales y de hecho con la colaboración esperaba que me pudiera agradar pero fue quizá de lo peor del disco. No sé si se supone que tiene algo de comedia. De cualquier manera, no mejoró la canción. No hubo nada especial ni interesante en este disco. Como dije, la instrumentación estaba bien. Si quisiera esa instrumentación, puedo poner esas mezclas lo-fi de 10 horas para trabajar que hay en youtube. Realmente no hay nada más que decir sobre este disco, el contenido está intentando ser mucho y no ofrece nada. No encajó conmigo.

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Nope

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Sorry but I didn’t like this at all

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I feel like I don’t have the energy to talk about just how much of an eye-roll this album is the way she sings is not unique in any way, ukulele hoes have been singing like that for millennias, seriously dude just go on youtube, search ‘[random twenty one pilots song] ukulele cover’ and you’ll find hundreds of bitches who think they can sing, pronouncing stuff the dumbest way you can imagine https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/828397306256031804/944045530722492456/IMG_1357.jpg and the lyrics, holy shit those lyrics, everything she said was either some kinda dumbass Escher sentence or the most wild take that made me say ‘what the fuck am I actually hearing’ probably the best example was probably “Forrest Gump had a lot going for him, never without a pussy” like I don’t even wanna think about what the fuck she was thinking when she wrote that, holy fucking shit the production was alright half the time, nothing too special but not necessarily bad like I kinda digged the retro vibe on Prom but then she had to ruin it with “fErin not gwOwin uUuUponan” it’s not cool, nothing about that makes me think, wow she knows how’s to sing, it’s just such a fucking waste of time, how the hell do people like this? the features weren’t any good either, Travis Scott speaks for himself of course but even Kendrick had to make his voice so goddam annoying, like it sounded more annoying than Chance on Acid Rap somehow, and at least that was a good mixtape like come on, why even rap that verse if you’re gonna half ass it that much, it sounds like he recorded it on his phone or something jesus christ I could spend many more paragraphs talking about just how much I hate this shitshow, how I’d rather brush my teeth with super glue and wipe my ass with greasy, hot-off-the-grill pancakes than listen to this joyless, try-hard bullshit, but this album has me too exhausted to spend another another second hating it how the hell this album made it on this list is beyond me, but I think it gave Taylor Swifts 1984 a run for its money on the shit talk I want to give it like with they it gave me the rage, the infuriating energy to want to write about every ear screeching second, but like, at least she had the talent to write those songs SZA couldn’t even produce this, like it’s just so lame and depressing, why write about how dumb this is? holy fuck, rant over, I’m done, I need to go listen to some Swans or ABBA or something, fuck this album

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Couldn't even finish it.

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