Starting off another big year for Top Dawg Entertainment, SZA has announced a new album CTRL, and shares a new track. Somewhat surprisingly, “Drew Barrymore” is anthemic: its big, Top-40 chorus has much more in common with Rihanna’s ANTI (on which SZA made an appearance) than the whispery neo-soul of her 2014 EP, Z. Despite a more melodramatic hook, “Drew Barrymore” still maintains what makes SZA’s music oddly refreshing: an intimacy to its loneliness, a banality to all the heartbreak. As she sings about her ex coming over, “Somebody get the tacos, somebody spark the blunt / Let’s start the Narcos off at episode one.” Listen below.
SZA – Drew Barrymore