Epitomised in the opening verse of Prom, “Fearin’ not growin’ up, Keepin’ me up at night, Am I doin’ enough?, Feel like I’m wastin’ time”, this album is what every twenty something needs.
The brutal honesty is explicit throughout, especially in Supermodel “Let me tell you a secret, I been secretly banging your homeboy”. Also, it turns out that this lyric is entirely true – SZA found out that her boyfriend had cheated on her in Vegas so she slept with his friend as revenge. The album is deeply personal, echoing SZA’s true emotions and account of events.
It feels as though there is no element of a relationship that Ctrl does not explore. From growing pains to break ups to feelings of empowerment; SZA is able to pour emotion into every song. The Weekend is a bittersweet track outlining the relationship that she has with a man, whom is also having a relationship with two other women; “My man is my man is your man, Heard it’s her man too”. Whilst she portrays confidence and positivity regarding the time she gets to spend with him, there is an element of sadness and not feeling good enough as she questions “I mean I’m saying what kind of deal is two days?”
My favourite thing about this album is that it allows the listener to reflect and relate on their own life, yet it comes across as effortless. Whilst the content of each song differs, the album itself provides a seamless narrative. Download this album immediately (if you haven’t already) – it’ll make navigating your 20’s that little bit easier.