Whether you've just recently gotten into SZA's music with her growing buzz, or if you've been following her since the release of her first project "See SZA Run" (released in 2012), there is no denying the "Black Girl Magic" that shines through SZA (pronounced sizz-ah) and all that she does.
As the only woman on the super talented TDE roster, SZA certainly fought hard to define herself and establish her own name. With her early released tracks, listeners got a candid glimpse into the heart and mind of Solana, which left us wanting more and more of this ever-so-relatable girl next door who, somehow, knew just what to say when we couldn't find the words to express our own thoughts and feelings.
Fast forward to 4 years and various projects and features later, and we finally have our official introduction to not only SZA the singer, but also to Solana, the woman, as she gets even more real and honest on her highly-anticipated debut album, "Ctrl".
Throughout the 14 tracks and interludes, SZA melodically sings her story of being a "20 Something" in the 21st century and her experiences navigating through her own thoughts and emotions, as well as those of the people around her. Of course, there are tales of heartbreak, self-doubt, and insecurity, but SZA provides an interesting perspective to each of these things as she approaches the subjects with the intention of healing and gaining "control" over life's challenges, and eventually, over our own selves.
The album has only been out for a few days so there is no way to write a full review so soon because there are so many layers of meaning to unwrap from this well written, well-produced, and well-performed body of work. Do yourself a favor and take a listen; I guarantee 30 secs into the first track you'll be hooked and will add it to your daily music rotation in no time!