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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the New Jersey alternative R&B artist features guest appearances from James Fauntleroy, Kendrick Lamar, Isaiah Rashad, and Travis Scott.
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Love Galore
I need, I need I need, I need I need, I need I need, I need I need, I need Love, love, love, love 'long as we got Love, love, love 'long as we... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
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  1. Jun 16, 2017
    91
    Ctrl is as tough as Damn is tender, and it knocks as hard as The Sun’s Tirade swoons.
  2. Jun 13, 2017
    90
    SZA is the full package in terms of artistry: killer singing and songwriting abilities with a distinct perspective on life, love and destiny. CTRL is craft in action, a uniquely excellent album from a uniquely excellent artist.
  3. Dec 14, 2017
    90
    In Ctrl, SZA draws on her personal experience and explores women’s sexuality in a direct and honest way which was so far mostly reserved to male R&B and pop artists.
  4. Jun 28, 2017
    80
    Featuring savage and often heartfelt, diary-like ruminations, CTRL pushes against the borders of convention lyrically and sonically, placing it on the upper echelons of potential ‘Best Of ’17’ lists.
  5. Jul 19, 2017
    80
    Ctrl is a languid, cavernously soulful debut that is never anything but assured--a collection of delicious jams that are equal parts fragile, cozy and piercing.
  6. Jul 19, 2017
    80
    Placed beside only Z, its three-year-old prelude, Ctrl is the work of a considerably less-inhibited songwriter. Rowe likewise truly fronts these frank songs that wield power as they lament lonesomeness, insecurity, and inertia.
  7. Jun 13, 2017
    78
    What’s remarkable about it is that she has spun her personal experiences into a soulful, touching R&B record with broad appeal beyond her particular demographic.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. Jun 13, 2017
    10
    Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before,Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before, unafraid to reference or not reference, put it in a blender, **** on it, vomit on it, eat it, give birth to it. Expand
  2. Jul 10, 2018
    10
    SZA shows a beautiful range of colorful taste, and unique writing skills in her debut LP Ctrl.
  3. Jun 15, 2017
    10
    SZA is the full package in terms of artistry: killer singing and songwriting abilities with a distinct perspective on life, love and destiny.SZA is the full package in terms of artistry: killer singing and songwriting abilities with a distinct perspective on life, love and destiny. CTRL is craft in action, a uniquely excellent album from a uniquely excellent artist. Amazing album. Expand
  4. Jan 23, 2018
    10
    The way SZA crafts a narrative or a perfect caricature of the mundane struggles of a black woman in modern-day America in this record is veryThe way SZA crafts a narrative or a perfect caricature of the mundane struggles of a black woman in modern-day America in this record is very breathtaking and fascinating to say in the very least. To add to this unique encapsulation, the strong thematic concept of time in this record—captured, quite literally, in Broken Clocks and The Weekend, and more subtly in songs like Prom and 20 Something, which deal with the anxieties of growing up—definitively proves that SZA is a new and upcoming force to be reckoned with in this industry. Expand
  5. Jun 22, 2017
    9
    What's most striking about SZA's 'CTRL' is how completely she lays herself bare emotionally, how she's perfectly willing to expressWhat's most striking about SZA's 'CTRL' is how completely she lays herself bare emotionally, how she's perfectly willing to express deep-seated flaws and vulnerabilities. Because of this quality, I initially thought the record to be somewhat too revealing, but as I listened more and more I found a greater appreciation for its candor; it's the album's main charm, not to mention the flawlessly understated production. SZA does a fantastic job of not chaining herself to the constraints of contemporary R&B, instead pushing genre limits and even venturing outside the field altogether with indie rock songs like 'Supermodel' and '20 Something'. With this release she has definitely given listeners plenty to look forward to from her in the coming years.

    Highlights include 'Love Galore,' 'Garden (Say It Like Dat),' and 'Normal Girl'.
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  6. Jun 17, 2018
    9
    /Ctrl/
    1-Supermodel - 10/10
    2-Love Galore - 10/10 3-Doves In The Wind - 10/10 4-Drew Barrymore - 10/10 5-Prom - 10/10 6-The Weekend -
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    1-Supermodel - 10/10
    2-Love Galore - 10/10
    3-Doves In The Wind - 10/10
    4-Drew Barrymore - 10/10
    5-Prom - 10/10
    6-The Weekend - 10/10
    7-Go Gina - 7/10
    8-Garden (Say It Like Dat) - 10/10
    9-Broken Clocks - 10/10
    10-Anything - 8/10
    11-Wavy (Interlude) 8/10
    12-Normal Girl - 9/10
    13-Pretty Little Birds - 8/10
    14-20 Something - 8/10
    Cohesion: 10/10
    Lyrics Quality: 9/10

    Final Score: 9.1/10

    This is one of the best female R&B albums of the decade imo
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  7. Jun 23, 2017
    0
    SZA releases yet another mediocre album that will get ridden to death by TDE stans who for some reason can't be assed to post in the Kenny sxnSZA releases yet another mediocre album that will get ridden to death by TDE stans who for some reason can't be assed to post in the Kenny sxn of KTT, instead spamming Music with their trash opinions. If she was signed to another label, like young money, she would be bashed for being the uninspired and bland artist she is. Instead, because she's signed to the trendy "indie" label with Kendrick Lamar we pretend she's something special. :jordanlaff: Expand

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