• Record Label: Top Dawg
  • Release Date: Apr 8, 2014
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 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.
  2. Apr 22, 2014
    80
    Z is a quality beginning for a beguiling new artist with a fresh futurist sound.
  3. Apr 22, 2014
    75
    Tthe album's reach is as powerful as its depth.
  4. Apr 22, 2014
    72
    The record offers moments, candid and clear, of Rowe before the fame that'll surely head her way. It’s an opportunity to see what this artist is all about today.
  5. Apr 22, 2014
    70
    Z is billed as an EP, but that undersells the completion and cohesion of these 10 songs. Her voice may be gentle, the songs just left-of-center, but SZA’s lyrics demand attention.
  6. Apr 22, 2014
    70
    Z is strongest when SZA avoids usual Pop tropes. Too many songs are about being left brokenhearted, and don’t add much to what’s already been done.
  7. 67
    The main downfall of Z is a lack of strong lyricism. In the rare moments that the murk clears or the light becomes too bright, what lies behind is less graceful than what it seemed.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Apr 24, 2014
    60
    SZA remains a captivating, interesting singer, but the focused singularity that made S such a rewarding listen is largely absent here.
  12. Apr 22, 2014
    60
    SZA’s lyrics are impressionistic, and her melodies arrive in fits and spurts.
  13. Apr 22, 2014
    60
    SZA isn't lost when sharing a song with big names, but she doesn't seem interested in pulling them entirely into her own world either.
  14. Apr 22, 2014
    59
    Z's biggest problem is that, despite choosing a sound that is soft and somnolent, SZA is too often overpowered by the music.
  15. Jul 30, 2014
    50
    Apart from a few highlights, SZA’s latest work suffers from uninspired production, forgettable songwriting, and unfitting tacked on features.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 45
  2. Negative: 1 out of 45
  1. Mar 18, 2018
    10
    SZA traz um ótimo EP para nós,com boas músicas e todo o sentimento da cantora.Obrigado SZA.
  2. Mar 27, 2019
    10
    Z by SZA is an amazing EP. Every track is fantastic from start to finish. I love SZA performance on this EP and the features are on fire.Z by SZA is an amazing EP. Every track is fantastic from start to finish. I love SZA performance on this EP and the features are on fire. Don't sleep on this EP. 10/10 Full Review »
  3. Jul 6, 2018
    6
    Pretty bland in sense of song tones, but SZA does show her amazing voice and potential on this EP.