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Song of the Week: SZA Goes Grunge on “F2F”

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Song of the Week breaks down and talks about the song we just can’t get out of our heads each week. Find these songs and more in our Spotify Top Songs playlist. For our favorite new songs from emerging artists, check out our Spotify New Sounds playlist. This week, SZA is turning up the volume for her standout SOS Cut “F2F”.


“SZA go grunge” wasn’t a sentence I ever expected to write, but when the singer-songwriter teased the mastermind of her new album SOS A couple of weeks ago, she mentioned that she would be drawing on “grunge and rock” along with her usual contemplative R&B sound. With “F2F,” an unexpected highlight on a stellar set of songs, we see what she meant: “F2F” is jam-packed pop-punk through and through, a satisfying blend of SZA’s bright, soft voice with a well-grained assist and D-string guitars. .

Like many songs alike SOS and its previous efforts control, “F2F”—which also features a writing credit from Lizzo—is rooted in guitar, and it’s a solid choice that often lets SZA extract more familiarity and expression from these songs. Here, you use a more muscular arrangement to create stronger contrasts. When she lands on “I hate me enough for the two of us” in the chorus, she sings almost gleefully with the harmony soaring above it, it’s a squiggly line that puts the whole song into perspective.

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SZA oscillates between longing and pulling herself up to longing. She laments the games she plays with her ex, but still finds room to justify those same games. All the while, she stumbles upon tenuous facts, eventually asking the central question, “Are you going to call me? / Are you going to hang me out to dry?”

It finds a nice balance between the mainstay enthusiasm of pop-punk and the depressed fury of slow rock, and provides a refreshing turn of energy. SOS. But “F2F” is also a testament to SZA’s ability to choose any style and any genre, and still make it look amazingly good. It’s not entirely accurate to say that SZA is fearless SOS She often explains her fears and insecurities and the reasons for her struggles all along All of their demographics – but they’ve certainly become more confident in issuing sonorous phrases like “F2F”.

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SZA’s impressionistic sound often unites listeners through isolation. You feel its rhythm change like intrusive thoughts, and by the time you move on to the next one, my knees are already deep in its tangled web of insecurities and related realities. But in “F2F” SZA uses a different tactic and morphs into something more energetic and in a way. Her anguish runs deep, the sexuality at the song’s core is far from romantic, and the emotional turmoil forces her to move outward before inward.

If she can still create a bafflingly good pop-punk song while still retaining the essence of what an SZA song could and should be, then that suggests that SZA is in a truly untouchable position in music right now. In short, no one can do it like SZA. We are very lucky to have it.

Paulo Ragusa
Editorial coordinator

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