Monday, November 20th, 2017

SZA – The Weekend

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Alfred Soto: “Saturday Love” remains one of the most glorious fruits of Western civilization, and, really, I’m a sucker for weekend tunes. With its keyboard peels, SZA’s latest attempt at a hit evokes SWV’s “Weak.” A retro move then, and not charmless.

Ramzi Awn: Electric piano sets the mood for this down-to-earth cry, underscoring SZA’s yearning vocals with a lo-fi filter and sultry snaps. This is real love.    

Sonia Yang: Difficult song to listen to, for a multitude of reasons. On one hand, the relaxing synth bursts and repetitive beats make this drag on longer than it is. On the other, maybe that’s an intentional choice, since the pain of being cheated on yet not being able to leave the cheating partner isn’t something one gets over quickly. Hearing the speaker desperately compromise for having her partner for just the weekend is unsettling and too real. 

Jonathan Bradley: An airy track with space in which to nestle, and also to forget. The side-chick stunting is a fun wrinkle: “you’re like nine-to-five” is a chilly dismissal. Songs like this are the kind I think don’t matter, and then they’ve worked their way into my life. First it’s the weekend, then they’re in your mind all of the time.

Ryo Miyauchi: Relationships become hazy as the dusky slow jam by ThankYou4Cody, but the blurred lines between main and side is precisely the intention. SZA’s tangling of who’s who in the chorus further complicates the drama, her wordplay frustrating yet enticing enough for the internet to demand a flow chart out of the songwriter herself.

Nortey Dowuona: SZA sounds both plaintive and defiant, softly but calmly describing her arrangement over smooth, murky synths and pulsing 808s. It feels both muted and loud, rising and falling against reality and dick-sharing.

Stephen Eisermann: Most songs about being one of many fucking a single person are rarely sexy; usually, they’re angry and passionate affairs detailing betrayal and the many feelings one experiences when being hurt in this way. SZA takes a different approach. Whereas the subject matter sets the expectation of a “boy-basher,” she instead owns her role as this dude’s weekend hook-up and even has expectations out of him — “10:30, drop them drawers.” Its incredibly empowering to hear SZA confidently sing a song where she basically says, yeah, I’m the weekend girl but I get down best and I know he likes it. And yeah, if I had the chance I’d be more than just the weekend girl, but I’m fine with whatever as long as I’m getting that good sex. Lust is an awfully powerful thing and SZA uses that often blended line between love and lust well here, fully equipped with synths, a nice beat, and her always evocative voice. This is what good sex sounds like.

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