SZASOS’ reviews: Critics in unison of overwhelming praise on ‘Ctrl’ sequel

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: SZA speaks onstage at Billboard Women In Music 2018 on December 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Billboard )

Following the successful release of her new album, “SOS,” after a five-year wait, R&B superstar SZA has lived up to the expectations of not only her fans, but also music critics.

The 23-track project, which included three of SZA’s earlier hits “Good Days,” “I Hate U,” and “Shirt,” is a work of art in its own right.

The album has now received overwhelmingly positive reviews from a wide range of music publications and critics.

On Metacritic alone, “SOS” received a 94 out of 100, compared to “Ctrl’s” 86 out of 100.

Pitchfork, one of the world’s leading music publications, named the album “Best New Music,” noting that it “solidifies her position as a generational talent, an artist who translates her innermost feelings into indelible moments – rating it an 8.7 out of 10.”

NME, on the other hand, rated the album five stars out of five. SZA commanded the album to be “cohesive, organic, and like every skip into a new genre is completely justified for each track,” she said. They went on to say that “SOS” is “a phenomenal record that barely misses a beat and raises the bar even higher than she set it before.”

According to Rolling Stone, “SOS” is a revenge album aimed at her opponents and rivals, as well as anyone else. The album received four out of five stars from the publication.

The review said:

“It’s the most assured SZA has ever sounded. And when she compares herself to Della Reese while solidifying her steeliness, it’s clear she’s cementing her status-“in case all you hoes forgot.”

SZA is channeling Princess Diana, according to The Telegraph. SZA justified the late Princess of Wales’ isolation on her new album with five out of five stars.

The review reads:

“What it comes down to, however, is SZA’s celestial singing voice. Her vocals luxuriate in the lilt of jazz, sliding seamlessly from the rapping of the titular opener SOS, to the belting of R&B ballad Gone Girl. She is an artist of spectacular range, whose efforts to redefine R&B rightfully place her in the canon alongside heroes like Frank Ocean. It may have been five years in the making, but SOS is well worth the wait.”