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Ctrl (2017), 5.5/10
SOS (2022), 5/10

New Jersey's neo-soul singer SZA (Solana Rowe) debuted with three EPs, namely See.SZA.Run (2012), S (2013) and Z (2014), followed by the much hyped album Ctrl (2017). The best audio choreography, The Weekend, is also an adequate display of her highly expressive voice (although the official video focused more on her legs). She was certainly a talented singer, but a mediocre songwriter and obviously not a composer. Nonetheless, her defiant feminist lyrics happened just at the right time to generate media coverage.

Despite the long time that it took to compose and record it, the 23-song SOS (2022) is a rather bland copy of the debut. What stands out is the meticulous production. The songs span pop, soul, rock and rap, with the relatively rocking F2F, the orchestral Blind, Kill Bill and Good Days the ones to save. Phoebe Bridgers shows up in Ghost in the Machine.

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