- 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.
- Record Label: RCA
- Genre(s): R&B
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Positive: 15 out of 15
Mixed: 0 out of 15
Negative: 0 out of 15
Jun 16, 2017Ctrl is as tough as Damn is tender, and it knocks as hard as The Sun’s Tirade swoons.
Jun 13, 2017SZA 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.
Dec 14, 2017In 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.
Jun 28, 2017Featuring 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.
Jul 19, 2017Ctrl 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.
Jul 19, 2017Placed 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.
Jun 13, 2017What’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.
Positive: 74 out of 77
Mixed: 2 out of 77
Negative: 1 out of 77
Jul 6, 2018An amazing variety of songs in this album. SZA shows how unique she can be, and songs are almost always catchy. There are great beats andAn amazing variety of songs in this album. SZA shows how unique she can be, and songs are almost always catchy. There are great beats and hooks in this album such as "Broken Clocks" and "The Weekend". SZA really shows off her incredible voice and emotion with her lyrics.… Expand
Jun 13, 2017Talented, 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
Aug 28, 2020sza is a great singer and songwriter and with this album you can see that she’s an amazing and talented woman she is, this album is sosza is a great singer and songwriter and with this album you can see that she’s an amazing and talented woman she is, this album is so cohesive but in a good way and every song stands out on her own every lyric of every song is personal and sexual and that’s what makes this album unique. sza is the future of r&b… Expand
May 14, 2023It was only enough for him to make an R&B gem with his debut, this is reality taken from another planet with plans to take it to the planet;It was only enough for him to make an R&B gem with his debut, this is reality taken from another planet with plans to take it to the planet; this album should be considered an anthropological bible att: Me.… Expand
Oct 14, 2019This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Favorite rnb album of the decade for me!!! This album has absolutely no skips and I can play it for hoursssss and hours!!!!!… Expand
May 12, 2018SZA has made an album about millenial anxieties, troubles, hopes, and aspirations. Her music has balanced the nostalgic and the contemporarySZA has made an album about millenial anxieties, troubles, hopes, and aspirations. Her music has balanced the nostalgic and the contemporary sound of today that is both listenable, full of energy, and timeless.… Expand
Jun 23, 2017SZA 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
Published: December 7, 2017We reveal the 15 highest-scoring debut albums of the year.
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