Z [EP] - SZA
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  • Summary: The third EP for the New Jersey singer-songwriter features guest appearances from Chance The Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, and Isaiah Rashad.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Apr 22, 2014
    80
    Z is a quality beginning for a beguiling new artist with a fresh futurist sound.
  2. Apr 22, 2014
    80
    Z is a mood piece, 10 homogenous tracks that breeze by and flow on a winning combination of sweet vocals, sweeter hooks, and the sweetest of melodies and instrumentals.
  3. Apr 22, 2014
    75
    Tthe album's reach is as powerful as its depth.
  4. 67
    What ultimately makes it stick, from the beaming hooks to the gossamer production, is the execution, how all the scattered pieces eventually jell until the puzzle is complete.
  5. Apr 22, 2014
    65
    Z is promising but it seems that SZA's identity isn't truly clear as there are too many different styles competing to be heard.
  6. Apr 29, 2014
    60
    Rowe seems even more like an instrument rather than a lead voice, but it's all comforting, if not revealing, made more for background or late-night listening than complete emotional immersion.
  7. Jul 30, 2014
    50
    Apart from a few highlights, SZA’s latest work suffers from uninspired production, forgettable songwriting, and unfitting tacked on features.

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  1. Jun 30, 2014
    6
    An above average start to an abstract, sweet, delicate side of R&B and soul music. SZA has no problem letting you know which feelings she's singing about, but I think she needs a little work on how she's expressing them through her singing. Also, the production needs to help here a little more, not saying the production is not class enough, but sometimes I feel that it either overshadows here, o leaves her all alone, walking on a thin line. The featurings on this album leave me wanting more, specially the Isaiah Rashad and Chance The Rapper ones, which leads me to think, SZA needs to work on making her solo stuff much more powerful and consistent. At the end of the day, I'm looking forward to her next project, wishing no more than improvement and endurance. Expand