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  • Summary: The second full-length studio release for R&B artist SZA features guest appearances from Phoebe Bridgers, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Travis Scott, and Don Toliver.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 100
    It’s an expansion of her wonderfully experimental R&B, with all the candour listeners expect from this masterful songwriter. ... SOS is well worth the wait.
  2. Dec 9, 2022
    100
    The drought may be over, but SZA left no crumbs.
  3. Dec 15, 2022
    90
    Hour-plus length and stylistic variety likewise signal that SOS could be the overreaching kind of highly anticipated follow-up. Still, it's an advancement from Ctrl in every respect apart from cohesion
  4. Dec 12, 2022
    80
    SOS’s playful approach to genre-swapping carries a defined sense of artistic freedom across its varied tracklist. Not every experiment is a success—the wispy alternative elements of “Ghost in the Machine,” chiefly its indietronica instrumentation and unnecessary Pheobe Bridgers guest spot, never really cohere—but the album doesn’t linger on any one specific style or mood for too long.
  5. Dec 19, 2022
    80
    The peaks on SOS, (“Used,” “Smoking on my Ex Pack,” and “Forgiveless”) find SZA sounding refreshingly comfortable rapping over gritty, hazy, and grimy productions.
  6. Dec 15, 2022
    80
    SOS is twenty-three tracks long and sonically it sprawls all over the hood. From low to high, clipped to soaring, SZA’s vocals are icily superb and her overwrought writing is vivid throughout. These progressive, ambitious melodies act like stitching to hold together the patchwork of an exceptionally diverse approach to genre and production.
  7. Dec 12, 2022
    60
    It treads a fine line between swashbuckling versatility and a lack of cohesion. Versatility largely wins out.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 147
  1. Dec 9, 2022
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. There was so much hype for this album and its very well deserved, This is a complete 180 from her debut album 'CTRL' and it works really well, I wasn't expecting the pop/rock sounds in this album but it suits her voice very well, some of my personal favorites is Kill Bill, Gone Girl and Love Language Expand
  2. Dec 9, 2022
    10
    This album is beautifully written and produced. Also there lies a message behind these songs that most of everyone can relate to, also herThis album is beautifully written and produced. Also there lies a message behind these songs that most of everyone can relate to, also her diversity of how she can rap and sing is just amazing. It was definitely worth the 5 year wait. Expand
  3. Dec 10, 2022
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. solana u beech u ate it gurl. yes slayed. all tracks ate. Expand
  4. Dec 9, 2022
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It’s a really good album; it was worth the wait, but I would say there might be some filler tracks, but they’re still good. Expand
  5. Dec 9, 2022
    10
    SOS ALBUM OF THA YEAR ! my favs are open arms, kill bill andddd low
    IM SO DEVOTEDDDDDDD TO YOU TO YOU TO UOU !!
  6. Dec 11, 2022
    9
    it is an amazing and interesting experience, sza transports us into his mind in a surprising way, despite being repetitive at times
  7. Dec 29, 2022
    0
    This album is totally bland and predictable. I cannot fathom replaying it again

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