7 reasons why the wait was worth it

It’s been five long years since SZA released Ctrl, a debut album that made her an instant R&B it girl. Since then, she’s had hit collaborations with Kendrick Lamar (2018 Black Panther single “All the Stars”) and Doja Cat (2021 Grammy-winning “Kiss Me More”), but waiting for her second set with “SOS”, which was released on Friday – shortly after the singer’s “Saturday Night Live” performance last weekend.

Here are seven highlights of one of the most anticipated albums of the year.

“Kill Bill”

“I could kill my ex/I still love him,” SZA coos over this mid-tempo bop that, while name-checking Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 blood fest, captures the conflicting feelings we all have about this good-for-nothing boo we do easy can. do not stop.

SZA and her new album "SOS."
SZA performed on Saturday Night Live last weekend ahead of the release of her new album SOS.

“Blind”

“I ain’t no Julia Stiles/This ain’t no last dance/Way past it,” sings SZA, making another cinematic nod—this time to 2001’s “Save the Last Dance”—in this breakup ballad that a vision is of acoustic guitar-laced beauty.

“Ex girlfriend”

Is SZA aiming for a film career? Because for the third time she makes a direct cinematic connection with “SOS” – here to the Ben Affleck thriller from 2014. She sings about the fact that she needs her freedom – “Squeezing too tight, boy, you lost me” – over you moody groove and flips the usual script on the boys.

“Ghost in the Machine”

Much of “SOS” has a haunting vibe, and never more so than that vibe’s spooky electro-soul with alternative-rock breakout Phoebe Bridgers.

SZA
SZA’s new album “SOS” features collaborations with Phoebe Bridgers, Travis Scott and Don Toliver.
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“Nobody understands me”

SZA has a Taylor Swift moment on an acoustic guitar ballad that sways from funky to folky, showcasing the reduced sweetness of her voice. Since she can’t hide at her most vulnerable point, you really get her.

“shirts”

This track’s droning and hopping is the kind of hypnotic hip-hop that fits SZA like the “consolation in my sins.”

“I hate you”

SZA walks the fine line between love and hate as she faces the twisted truth that she’s “lost in the lie of ours.”

https://nypost.com/2022/12/09/szas-new-album-sos-7-reasons-why-it-was-worth-the-wait/ 7 reasons why the wait was worth it

Emma Bowman

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