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can't believe this still doesn't exist, CTRL is truly fantastic

i really like this performance of Supermodel with strings

ufo, Thursday, 14 December 2017 07:30 (three years ago) link

Yeah she's incredible. She's right up the ilx poptimist wing's alley so it's odd that there's been no thread. Hopefully it doesn't die out immediately like the sampha thread.

Love Galore, Prom and Drew Barrymore are my favourites but Julia off her second ep is great too

josh az (2011nostalgia), Thursday, 14 December 2017 08:39 (three years ago) link

Yeah, this album totally deserves all the high placements its been getting in the end of year lists. Keeps getting better and better for me.

kitchen person, Thursday, 14 December 2017 09:17 (three years ago) link

she's an incredible singer. first time I heard her was on consideration with rihanna and the way that melody ("when i look outside my window...") exquisitely seesaws up and down her range with all those blue notes blew my mind and sounded SO GOOD. just delicious. her phrasing, her control, all the ways she suddenly changes things up hit me really, really hard. there are so many amazing tiny moments on this album but my favourite song is supermodel, which initially I liked a lot without really listening properly to the lyrics, and then when I did the whole song turned and all those little vocal touches are just devastating to me now (the way she suddenly drones 'leave me lonely for prettier women' suppressing her pain under that flatness), I can't listen to it without crying idk what's happened to me

ogmor, Thursday, 14 December 2017 10:46 (three years ago) link

Ctrl deserves all the accolades, massive step up from the debut

Simon H., Thursday, 14 December 2017 11:39 (three years ago) link

the general mood of this is what the best bits of Blonde hinted at but didn't really deliver on for me so it's just so great that something else has.

thr highlights for me are Love Galore, Drew Barrymore, Garden, Normal Girl, and 20 Something, which i realise is over 1/3 of the album

ufo, Thursday, 14 December 2017 11:41 (three years ago) link

this is several orders of magnitude greater than Blonde imo - great record. Pretty Little Birds is my favourite track

Cardi Acs (imago), Thursday, 14 December 2017 11:52 (three years ago) link

Great great album

Joan Digimon (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 14 December 2017 12:30 (three years ago) link

she's so good

In a slipshod style (Ross), Thursday, 14 December 2017 17:06 (three years ago) link

ogmor otm

In a slipshod style (Ross), Thursday, 14 December 2017 17:19 (three years ago) link

thrilled that this record caught on with so many people and publications. it really feels like an album in a great way, a journey through moods which build on each other all the way to the end but also where each constituent song in isolation is really well-written

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 14 December 2017 17:22 (three years ago) link

am i alone in thinking that "anything" is the standout (among standouts)? i love that song

Karl Malone, Thursday, 14 December 2017 17:25 (three years ago) link

i like this album

the late great, Thursday, 14 December 2017 19:57 (three years ago) link

not adding much to the conversation here but it's good

sick, fucking funny, and well tasty (katherine), Thursday, 14 December 2017 20:02 (three years ago) link

1st half better than 2nd but it's all good. 1st "r and b" album I've liked in long time. Is there supposed to be a 90s theme to it (references to Forest Gump, Drew Barrymore, Martin sitcom, the vintage monitors on the album cover)? Feels like there was supposed to be one but it was abandoned at some point.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 14 December 2017 21:20 (three years ago) link

I also sort of associate this album with the show Insecure which is also awesome

Joan Digimon (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 14 December 2017 22:55 (three years ago) link

i'm glad so many others on here have been enjoying her/her album -- mentions of her songs on other threads seemed to attract scant attention for whatever reason. i also have nothing to add but i am very excited to see what she does next! (also i need her to release a music video for "the weekend" sometime this decade. supposedly it exists.)

dyl, Thursday, 14 December 2017 23:52 (three years ago) link

yeah i love this album, I listened to it a lot over the past month. I didn't realize she was even well known enough to be on SNL; those were excellent performances.

akm, Thursday, 14 December 2017 23:55 (three years ago) link

i haven't yet listened to her pre-ctrl music (the first i heard from her was "love galore") but i think i should give it a go soon

dyl, Thursday, 14 December 2017 23:58 (three years ago) link

this album is pretty good yeah

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Friday, 15 December 2017 00:06 (three years ago) link

Normal girl is undeniable, my fav

In a slipshod style (Ross), Friday, 15 December 2017 04:01 (three years ago) link

amazing what a highly successful r&b singer has to do these days to aim for (what will likely be marginal-at-best) play at mainstream top 40 even after singing with adam levine. not bad for what it is though.

dyl, Friday, 15 December 2017 18:52 (three years ago) link

Yeah « Normal Girl » is great.
This has to be a hit !

AlXTC from Paris, Saturday, 16 December 2017 09:14 (three years ago) link

« Prom » is great too.

AlXTC from Paris, Saturday, 16 December 2017 10:19 (three years ago) link

20 something is so good

In a slipshod style (Ross), Saturday, 16 December 2017 12:42 (three years ago) link

"prom" is so wonderful but it also ends so suddenly

dyl, Saturday, 16 December 2017 15:59 (three years ago) link

Does supermodel sample fennesz?

officer sonny bonds, lytton pd (mayor jingleberries), Monday, 18 December 2017 05:59 (three years ago) link

is that the track it was reminding me of, wow mayor..

In a slipshod style (Ross), Monday, 18 December 2017 06:04 (three years ago) link

It doesn't but that would've been an incredible move. the indie blogs would've lost their shit over that

josh az (2011nostalgia), Monday, 18 December 2017 07:46 (three years ago) link

am i alone in thinking that "anything" is the standout (among standouts)? i love that song

― Karl Malone, Thursday, December 14, 2017 12:25 PM (four days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

you are not alone

Heez, Monday, 18 December 2017 15:46 (three years ago) link

which Fennesz?

Susan Stranglehands (jed_), Tuesday, 19 December 2017 14:57 (three years ago) link

Is there supposed to be a 90s theme to it (references to Forest Gump, Drew Barrymore, Martin sitcom, the vintage monitors on the album cover)?

forgot about the "you are watching MAD TV" bit too!

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 20 December 2017 20:51 (three years ago) link

i totally slept on this album. good thing is i get to fall in love with it now , it's really great !

(•̪●) (carne asada), Wednesday, 20 December 2017 21:28 (three years ago) link

this is the fennesz guitar sound that Im reminded of in supermodel

officer sonny bonds, lytton pd (mayor jingleberries), Thursday, 21 December 2017 17:16 (three years ago) link

five months pass...

Oh that turned out to be a weird link with the google url.

But yeah she played in NYC last night after resting her voice for a few stops on this tour.

big firework, Wednesday, 30 May 2018 16:47 (two years ago) link


Ross, Wednesday, 30 May 2018 17:57 (two years ago) link

That really sucks but it seems a little premature to say your voice is permanently damaged? Before trying rest and rehab?

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 4 June 2018 18:26 (two years ago) link

IDK much about SZA's background as a singer but untrained singers (hell, even trained ones) can fuck up their vocal chords up pretty badly by singing outside their normal range or belting it out too loudly for too long. It's why Adele kept cancelling gigs a while back.

Matt DC, Monday, 4 June 2018 19:50 (two years ago) link

This makes me so sad

synonym toast crunch (Ross), Monday, 4 June 2018 20:24 (two years ago) link

She did not do the Friday June 1 show with Kendrick Lamar in a DC exurb outdoor shed because of voice issues I read.

curmudgeon, Monday, 4 June 2018 20:28 (two years ago) link

Yeah jordan probably too early to tell if it's permanent. Time will tell I guess.

big firework, Monday, 4 June 2018 21:19 (two years ago) link

maybe premature but I also understand that as a (relatively) new artist hearing this kind of news probably scares the shit out of you, especially if you are at all anxious (and SZA is on the record as having gone through a lot of anxiety particularly recently)

anyway I really like her and her record and hope her voice is not in fact permanently damaged

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Tuesday, 5 June 2018 16:22 (two years ago) link

i don't think she's performing tonight either. :(

maura, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 17:18 (two years ago) link

Hoping she can rest her voice and then go to a voice coach who can help her for the future

curmudgeon, Thursday, 7 June 2018 12:49 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Happy to hear that

mind how you go (Ross), Monday, 25 June 2018 10:33 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

Midnight EST.

— SZA (@sza) September 4, 2020

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 4 September 2020 02:55 (four months ago) link


i guess publicly complaining about her label has gotten things moving for her again

ufo, Friday, 4 September 2020 03:17 (four months ago) link


unpaid intern at the darvo institute (Simon H.), Friday, 4 September 2020 03:26 (four months ago) link

"hit different" is on Spotify etc now. it's lovely.

unpaid intern at the darvo institute (Simon H.), Friday, 4 September 2020 04:12 (four months ago) link

it's pretty good but surprisingly twisty for a lead single

ufo, Friday, 4 September 2020 04:17 (four months ago) link

oh wow the second song (snippet?) tacked onto the video edit is amazing

unpaid intern at the darvo institute (Simon H.), Friday, 4 September 2020 05:38 (four months ago) link

oh that's a big part of why i said it was twisty, makes more sense if it's not actually part of "hit different"

ufo, Friday, 4 September 2020 05:43 (four months ago) link

second track is reportedly called "good days"

ufo, Friday, 4 September 2020 05:48 (four months ago) link

I like “Hit Different” a lot, and that preview track sounds sublime. Great to hear her voice again.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 4 September 2020 08:25 (four months ago) link

more excited about that second track than "hit different" but it's all quite good so far

dyl, Saturday, 5 September 2020 02:44 (four months ago) link

loooove both the new track and the snippet — there’s also this video on her IG that’s a snippet of a different new track:

winters (josh), Saturday, 5 September 2020 03:25 (four months ago) link

ahhhhhh that sounds so good

unpaid intern at the darvo institute (Simon H.), Saturday, 5 September 2020 03:58 (four months ago) link

I’ve seriously been listening to “Hit Different” on repeat for over 48 hours now — it’s so good to have her back sounding so good and so confident

winters (josh), Sunday, 6 September 2020 14:58 (four months ago) link

"featuring ty dolla sign" are some of my least favorite words in the english language :(

Get Me Bodied (Extended Mix), Sunday, 6 September 2020 19:48 (four months ago) link

three months pass...

here's the full "good days" at last, it's very good, but lol that jacob collier is on backing vocals

ufo, Friday, 25 December 2020 15:50 (one month ago) link

much better than "hit different"

dyl, Saturday, 26 December 2020 04:24 (one month ago) link

tame impala ballad vibes (not a bad thing!)

stylish but illegal (Simon H.), Wednesday, 30 December 2020 23:50 (four weeks ago) link

new song is incredible

J0rdan S., Friday, 8 January 2021 21:31 (two weeks ago) link

it's so good, absurdly lush with all those woodwinds in the background

ufo, Saturday, 9 January 2021 01:25 (two weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

Good Days is lovely

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Sunday, 24 January 2021 03:16 (three days ago) link

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