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SZA

2017

Ctrl

Album Summary

Ctrl (pronounced "control") is the debut studio album by American singer SZA. It was released on June 9, 2017, on Top Dawg Entertainment and RCA Records. It features guest appearances from Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, James Fauntleroy, and Isaiah Rashad. Originally scheduled for release in late 2015, it was delayed by SZA's experience of "a kind of blinding paralysis brought on by anxiety." She reworked the album until her record company took away her hard drive in the spring of 2017.SZA wrote most of the album's lyrics and collaborated with producers including Craig Balmoris, Frank Dukes, Carter Lang, Scum and ThankGod4Cody to achieve its sound. The efforts resulted in a primarily neo-soul and R&B album, with elements of hip-hop, electronic, pop, indie and soul. Lyrically, the album has a confessional theme, which touch upon SZA's personal experiences and complexities of modern love; including desire, competition, jealousy, sexual politics, social media, and low self-esteem. Ctrl was supported by five singles: "Drew Barrymore", "Love Galore", "The Weekend", "Broken Clocks", and "Garden (Say It Like Dat)". Upon release, it received widespread acclaim from music critics, many of whom praised its cohesiveness and production, as well as SZA's vocal delivery. The album debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200, moving 60,000 equivalent-album units in its first week. The album and its songs were nominated for four Grammy Awards, while SZA was nominated for Best New Artist. It was also included in several year-end best music lists by publications. In 2020, the album was ranked at 472 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.A deluxe edition featuring seven new songs was released on June 9, 2022, exactly five years after the original release.

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Rating

2.88

Votes

4432

Genres

  • Hip Hop
  • Soul
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Sun Sep 05 2021
4

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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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

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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Wed Feb 09 2022
1

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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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

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

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Mon May 23 2022
4

Genre: Alternative R&B 4/5 One of modern R&B's sweetest and sexiest musical statements, SZA's CTRL is thematically introspective, and musically lush and playful. An album made for women by a woman, it's a project that doesn't speak much to the male experience, but is straightforward and honest enough to be transcendent in its message. SZA's voice is the true highlight here, intermingling with trap/R&B-influenced production throughout with style and grace, and by all accounts almost entirely improvised. Some songs here range from Neo-Soul to Indie Rock, as SZA's influences can be heard from Timbaland to The Police, and it forms a rich palate of sounds for us to feast on as the tracklist progresses. The first half of the album is some of the best R&B the decade has to offer, with Supermodel serving as a flawless, near-psychedelic intro, flowing into Love Galore and Doves in the Wind, the latter featuring one of Kendrick Lamar's best features, which leads into Drew Barrymore and Prom rounding out the first 5 tracks with alt-pop flair and synth hits that would make anyone groove out. The album is interspersed with sweet, loving advice being given to SZA by her mother over the phone, a classic trope that exists throughout R&B and hip-hop, and is a great communicating device to flesh out themes and concepts. Overall, this project excels at being itself, and not shying away from introspection, and providing us with solid tunes full of soul, energy, and passion. A pop-R&B triumph, as far as I'm concerned.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
2

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

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Mon Feb 28 2022
1

That's just shit

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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

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

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

While Jhene Aiko is more my flavor, I do have a soft spot for 2010s R&B. This album was no exception, with beautiful vocals, production, and features that spice up the projext.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

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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Tue Aug 24 2021
2

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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Wed Sep 15 2021
2

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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Wed Sep 22 2021
2

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

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Mon Aug 30 2021
5

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

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Wed Oct 27 2021
5

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

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

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

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

Enjoyed

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

very cool

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Sun Mar 06 2022
5

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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Wed Jul 20 2022
5

Great debut by a trendsetter

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Sun Sep 04 2022
5

Think this'll age well

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

The best. Love SZA

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Mon Sep 12 2022
5

This isn’t a genre I’m very familiar with, and I hadn’t heard any of this before. Loads of talent packed onto this and I enjoyed the personal feel for the stories. I started off thinking this was in the 4 range, but on the second listen the amazing detail in the music and lyrics really struck me and I fell for this. There’s a dreamy quality to the songs that really elevates the album. Fantastic!

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Mon Sep 12 2022
5

Since I am old and the kids' music (anything released after 2000) doesn't tend to appeal to me (or so I think), I did not expect to like this much. What a great surprise! I love SZA's vocal fry and appreciate her P.O.V. I found several of the songs very moving. Maybe the kids are all right. (Ooh, I shouldn't call a woman in her 30s a kid. But, you know what I mean. The youngs. Signed, Gramma.)

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Mon Sep 12 2022
5

I am familiar with a little bit of SZA, but this is a first album listen. I quite appreciated it!

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

this is the newest album we’ve gotten so far, and you can tell why it was included. amazing production, great features, and sza is an excellent vocalist. very solid 5

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

I’m a sucker for neosoul, so of course I like this. SZA is great, she’s not my favorite in the genre, but the album is well produced, the lyrics are right, and SZA certainly brings a lot of emotion and energy to all of the tracks

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

This album is the absolute best, I listened to this album a while before I got it here and it's so good, I don't know what else to say.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

A classic album. One of my favorites so far on the list.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
5

Yay :’)

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

For a time, CTRL seemed primed to become The Miseducation of our generation; in that, with one mission statement, SZA had the culture at the palm of her hand, signaling that she was the one in the driving seat (it didn't hurt that her label mate Kendrick was also there, along with a few other passengers...) taking us where we needed to go. The near fifty or so minutes of this masterwork is the epitome of 2017, yet another highmark for Black female musicians offering tantalizing and beyond valuable music that speaks for themselves and for the listeners who will keep flocking to it (and have been) in the present and near future. Bring on the new album... whenever that may be!

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

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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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Raw, harsh, by turns aggressive and melancholic.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

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

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Big fan of this album

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

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

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

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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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

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

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Sun Jan 23 2022
4

Pop-soul suavecín. No está mal.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

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

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

You know what, its all very impressive.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

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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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

Synth drums: check R&B elements: check Multilayered productions: check Sexually explicit lyrics: check Big names as guests: check A TikTok single: check A stereotypical "modern music" album. But whether or not you agree that "modern music bad", this particular work is surprisingly well done.

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Sun May 01 2022
4

Sizzles

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Thu Jun 09 2022
4

4.5/5. Better than I remember. The first half of the album is amazing. Great songs and great features. I felt that the second half of that album, while it was by no means bad, it lacked in song quality, compared to the first half. Overall, a really good album.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

Really good!

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

This is a great album. You get a sense of who she is from the lyrics, there are some great grooves and production and I remember being wowed by this when it first came out. A true album sonically and conceptually. I didn't give it a higher score because I actually think it's too long. No song is bad, but by the end the songs start to sound similar to me as most of the songs have similar tempos/melody lines etc. So while it's not a super long album, I think it could cut a track or two.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

I hadn't heard (or don't recall hearing) anything by this artist before, and I am so glad this project introduced me to her and her work. Such an interesting personal style that combines a variety of sounds and influences. There are enough layers and textures in most of the tracks, along with some nicely composed harmonies and melodies, that my ear stayed engaged for quite a lot of this album. Really good stuff here and I'll definitely listen to it again.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

Not my usual vibe at all, but that doesn't mean it didn't get me vibin. Great vocals, a few solid standout tracks, and overall a good time.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

Great combo of hip hop beats, and good pop/rock playing. The language is authentic but may turn some people off from this album. She is an amazing talent and more people should know about her.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Awesome album, really enjoyable

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

Enjoyed the Kendrick feature

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Slaps

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Mad decent

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

This album is bold and sexy but has a vulnerability to it that is surprising. While not something I would listen to regularly and definitely not music aimed at me, SZA creates music that is difficult to ignore. The features are pretty reliable as well. Standout songs are 20 Something and Pretty Little Birds.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
4

The features were the weakest part by far. More SZA, less other people. Best track: Drew Barrymore

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Very nice, soul, r&b album

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Way better than I thought

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

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

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Fri Oct 01 2021
3

Modernt RnB

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Mon Oct 18 2021
3

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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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

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

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

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

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Mon Nov 08 2021
3

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

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

😼

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

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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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

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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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

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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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

Mediokert svag trea fr Några bra men i allmänhet tråkigt!

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

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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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

5/10

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

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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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

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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Thu Feb 03 2022
3

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

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Fri Feb 04 2022
3

Love this so much

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Mon Feb 14 2022
3

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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Thu Feb 24 2022
3

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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Fri Feb 25 2022
3

Lovely stuff

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Mon Mar 07 2022
3

You know, good standard late 2010s pop

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Wed Mar 09 2022
3

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

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

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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Thu Mar 24 2022
3

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

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Sun Apr 10 2022
3

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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Thu Apr 14 2022
3

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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Wed Apr 20 2022
3

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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Wed Jun 01 2022
3

Not what I would usually listen to. Some tracks were just trite, runn of the mill boasting raps. Drew Barrymore and the last track were excellent though and worth every ounce of praise. The production is top notch and so beautifully layered

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

It was good. Not so much my jam but solid.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

Some good beats

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

A blunt, important statement of relationships in the modern world. Not always pretty, but quite compelling. It reminds me of an R&B/hip-hop version of Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville. As a debut, it is audacious and hopefully a sign of more interesting music ahead.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

This grew on me over the course of the album. Sort of a hardcore version of Adele. I liked the song about Forrest Gump and pussy. 3 stars.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

The strength of SZA's writing is evident throughout. The set is consistent in its rawness and precision, and that's a tricky balance to maintain and never drop. The bird punning is something I missed the first time and stuck out as a highlight. However, CTRL didn't manage to sink any earwork hooks into me. A solid release, but I don't see it changing hearts and minds about R&B. The production provides a foundation for something bigger; That never quite obtains.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

A bit boring compared to my memory

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Mon Sep 05 2022
3

Good album, nothing worldbreaking but nice to listen to

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

This album has a pretty good sound, though I wasn't prepared for a lot of the vulgar lyrics. It's funny...I'm OK with the n-word, p*ssy, etc. when a gangster rapper does it, but for some reason it was jarring when Sza did it. That being said, once I got into the album it was really enjoyable and she has a great voice. But, a huge turn-off for me was this trend that started 5-7 years ago where singers would do this thing with their voice where they sound like Elmer Fudd. Maybe Sza is the artist who started it and the rest mimicked her style, but I hate it. I couldn't get past that style of singing to really like this album/artist.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

Better than I expected.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

Good music. Not necessarily my taste, but I do like it.

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Sat Sep 24 2022
3

It was a pretty easy listen, nothing extraordinary really but enjoyable enough. Travis Scott can fuck off though. Favourite song would be Anything.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

Catch up hectic awkward therapy shelves behind situps couch

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Mon Oct 10 2022
3

I thought SZA would be Wu-Tang style rap but this was more laid-back, R&B influenced music. It was nice but the tracks all sounded similar.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

Not bad

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

was all right,

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

bland start but picked it up towards the end

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Mon Oct 17 2022
3

I thought it was a pretty average R&B album, still enjoyed it 7/10

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

4/14, 29%

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

alt del

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

Belle incursion dans un genre que je ne connaissais pas. J'aime sa voix, j'aime le phrasé et le rythme.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

3.8/5

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Thu Nov 24 2022
3

Nothing really special that would point to being on this list. Especially so new.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
3

Caould be great but not

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Fri Dec 02 2022
3

Musically this is interesting and grows on you as the album progresses. Some lovely arrangements and a pretty laid back vibe work well here. Lyrically, there is a openness and rawness that's a little uncomfortable, but really appealing. I'm less a fan of some of the more explicit stuff, but that's just me. Fave Songs: Prom, Drew Barrymore, Broken Clocks

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Mon Aug 16 2021
2

2.5

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Tue Aug 24 2021
2

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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Wed Sep 15 2021
2

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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Wed Sep 22 2021
2

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

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Wed Sep 22 2021
2

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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Wed Sep 22 2021
2

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

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Wed Nov 17 2021
2

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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Wed Nov 24 2021
2

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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Wed Dec 01 2021
2

holy fuck she sounds obnoxious and i hate her voice

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Thu Dec 02 2021
2

5/10

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Thu Dec 09 2021
2

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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Thu Dec 09 2021
2

Not for me

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Fri Dec 10 2021
2

Meh - whiny stuff about shagging gaidos

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Wed Dec 22 2021
2

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

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Thu Dec 30 2021
2

Not really for me, liked a couple of tracks such as Go Gina.

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Sat Jan 01 2022
2

5/10

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Wed Jan 19 2022
2

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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Thu Feb 03 2022
2

Sorry, not a fan of so much n word.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
2

Ctrl+Alt+Del

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Fri Feb 25 2022
2

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

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Fri Feb 25 2022
2

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

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Thu Mar 17 2022
2

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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Fri Apr 01 2022
2

A few good songs but this is mostly pretty bland

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Wed Apr 20 2022
2

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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Fri May 20 2022
2

2/5 naaah

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Thu May 26 2022
2

ointressant och tråkigt.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
2

Inane lyrics. Boring simple melodies. Not worth listening to at all. My criteria for giving something one star is if it feels like it is actively trying to piss me off, and this one doesn't feel that way. This is bad enough that I still wanted to give it 1 star but by that measure it's more like 1.5.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
2

I am unfamiliar with SZA and her music. Ctrl is not for me. The music did not reach out and catch my attention, and the content of the lyrics is definitely not for me. This album is a 2. Perhaps if I had listened more closely to the lyrics, it would have been a 1.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
2

Meh

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Thu Aug 11 2022
2

Genuinely one of my least favorite trend-setters in Modern R&B. Props to SZA for getting to this sound first and pioneering it, but this is Soul derived music at it's most soulless, a grey flurry of non-starters all addled in pot smoke and too-cool-to-even-try vibes.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
2

Must hear?

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Sun Aug 28 2022
2

Yeah, it’s fine.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
2

This is a genre I struggle to enjoy, and I really didn't hear what might have been noteworthy about this long album, other than some clever and interesting lyrics sprinkled here and there.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
2

Not my style. 2/5

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Thu Sep 15 2022
2

Honest lyrics, but most of the melodies feel repetitive. Highlights: Garden, 20 something Love R&B but this is a 2/5

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Thu Sep 22 2022
2

I like the music but it has the kind of hip hop lyrics that completely put me off. (Stop saying ‘pussy’ for fucksake).

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Thu Sep 29 2022
2

Heard it before?: Yes, just the once Enjoy it?: Yeah it was okay, enjoyable beats and features but lyrically I wasn’t blown away or that impressed? One aspect I did really like was the phone call recordings which ended a few tracks, I’d rather have had them instead of a few tracks as interludes Favourite song: Track 4 -Drew Barrymore

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Fri Sep 30 2022
2

Que aquest r&b tenyit de soul tan genèric i insípid sigui un dels discos triats per representar 2017 diu molt poc a favor de la música dels últims '10s.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
2

This album makes me realize I'm getting old, and that age is tainting my opinions on music. Granted, that album wouldn't have ever been an album for me; her voice is fine, but everything else….from the beats to the lyrics, is tedious. However, I judged the lyric contents harsher than anything I listened to; that was much worse. So, I'm old...stay off my lawn!

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Wed Oct 12 2022
2

Never heard of this R&B artist. The vocals were solid, but the songs and overall production simply didn't work for me.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
2

Not for me.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
2

mellow r&b

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Thu Oct 13 2022
2

This is ok R&B. Not my favorite genre, but it's good background music. Rob tells me that R&B should not disappear into the background. That makes this 'not good'.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
2

SZA kon mij niet bekoren. pop en R&B zoals er zo veel zijn

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Thu Oct 13 2022
2

Very meh r&b

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Fri Oct 21 2022
2

Huomaamattomasti tämäkin pyöri taustalla, ei ihmeellistä

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Fri Oct 21 2022
2

Blaah, ei tainnut olla biisiäkään josta olis oikeesti diggaillu.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
2

Ctrl+C Ctrl+V

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Sun Oct 30 2022
2

I didn't like the first few songs, but the rest of the album is better. Still, I didn't like it enough to give it a higher rating. There were elements of something I liked in this album. I thought the little phone interludes were cute. My favourite song was Normal Girl.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
2

Meh… I don’t like it. Idk why I get pop/rnb albums.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
2

Generic auto-tune pop/r&b/hip-hop without any original musical idea whatsoever and with absolutely nothing to say. Tedious. 1.5/5

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Wed Sep 01 2021
1

garbage.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
1

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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Mon Sep 27 2021
1

Bad

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Fri Oct 01 2021
1

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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Fri Oct 22 2021
1

yeah, no, its bad

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Thu Nov 18 2021
1

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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Thu Nov 18 2021
1

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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Mon Nov 22 2021
1

Nope

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Sun Jan 16 2022
1

Atrocious lyrics. Auto-tune vocals. Dull tunes. Worthy of a zero.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
1

Sorry but I didn’t like this at all

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Fri Feb 18 2022
1

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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Mon Mar 21 2022
1

Couldn't even finish it.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
1

Jakosciowy material na 500 pick to tak wrzucilo traszowy filler na 501, bo wylosowalo Ctrl od SZA z roczniak 2017, ktory jest niczym innym niz popowym spiewaniem przez czarna artystke do produkcji modnych producentow, bo mozna wyroznic pieciu producentow plyty ktorzy mieli wplyw na brzmienie plyty poa jak tylko sie da popowymi wokalami artystki zwanej SZA, ktora kojarze z jakis mtv czy innych popularnych chartow muzycznych, ale o samej nic nie wiem poza tym, ze jest to artyyska z typu ma wygladac i sie sprzedac na albumie czy wystpie, a nie niesc w sobie nic nowego lub odkrywczego, bo 49 minut SZA r&b czy eno soula naszpikowane feaczurami niczim nie zaskoczylo nie zrobilo momentu w ktorym czlek chcialy zreplejowac to co akurat bylo grane, niestety nie bylo takich momentow, wiec ocena jak najbardziej zasluzona jako filer listowy, bo nie wiem jak inaczej nazwac album tego typu, zadny kawalek nie zapda w pamiec na dluzej niz przesluchanie kolejnego, ale co sie spodziewac po albumie z ktorego 1/3 byla wypuszczona w postaci singli przed wydaniem krazka, jak dla mnie takie granie muzyki to cos dziwnego, robionego jedynie dla dolara, bo nie wiem jak mozna inaczej wypluc z siebie takie zestawienie trakow, w ktorych faczury robia najwieksza robote, wiec na plejke nie idzie nic, a caly krazek nie powinien sie znalezc nawet w poblizu listy 1001 albumow do przesluchania przed zgonem, bo poziom granej muzyki jest tutaj ponizej standardow listowych, ale wiadomo album nowy artystki o dziwnym pseudonimie i o egzotycznej karnacji puszczanej w radio, wiec wsystko sie zgadza zeby doac na liste, nie umiem sie doszukac pozytywow tych 50 minut ktore tutaj zmarnowalem, a wiem ze niestety nie jest to ostatnie spotkanie z wspoczesnymi okolo rapowymi albumami, bo jednak r&b czesto jest podciagane pod rapowanie, co jest jak najbardziej na miejscu przez styl w jakim wyrzuca swoja bezznaczeniowa liryke pani SZA

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Wed Jun 15 2022
1

Sounds real shit Lyrics real shit Boring

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Mon Jun 20 2022
1

Ambitious work, but after multiple listens it's just not clicking, maybe it's the overuse of auto-tune or the weak lyrics.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
1

Trash

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Sun Jul 31 2022
1

Lady rap is not for me. Also can't pronounce her name. Should've kept it Solana Rowe

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Wed Nov 09 2022
1

Anybody who relies solely on auto-tune for their vocals shouldn't be allowed to record, much less be on a "must listen" list. This should be on a website "1001 Albums You'll Wish That You Had Died Before Hearing".

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Wed Nov 16 2022
1

Ulgh. Then I noticed a song with Travis Scott (might've been computer generated voice as well). No.

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Sun Dec 04 2022
1

puhevika sössötystä on siinäkin trendi... garage band ass musiikkia ja siihen päälle läpsätty pliisuimpaa mahdollista youtube nais ukulele vittu vokaalia ja siihenkin auto tuunausta ku ei osata.... mielummmin hoilotat PASKASTI!!! SIINÄ OLISI JOTAIN HERTTAISTA MUTTA EI!!!! olen kuullut tämän albumin jokaisessa spotify mainoksessa koska ne kuulostaa kaikkia aivan vitun samalta ei mit'ään omalaatuista overhead the albatross hangs motionless upon the air........ no ehkä 5 vuotta sitten tää voi olla pioneeri.... itseasiassa tuli korporaatio musiikkia mainoksessa vahingossa... olin innoissani... ei ollutkaan albumia enää.. google.tralnslate if dont understand go gina,..

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