Lizzo’s new release, “Cuz I Love You”, is an electrifying set of powerful performances that are sure to dominate the coming summer playlists.
The 11-song album consists of just over 30 minutes of compelling funk instrumentals, broad R&B arrangements, and driving rap and hip-hop tracks. Lizzo’s unique vocals cut through each mix, and her talent is indeed what sets this album a cut above the rest.
Track after track, there is something here for everyone, and each song has an uplifting or relatable human touch to it.The subject matter revolves around the externals and internals of love—in other words, the yearning of lost love with an overarching theme of self-love.
With the first track, the ears are treated to a passionate wail at the very top of Lizzo’s range. Thundering brass and electric drums are paired with vintage kit samples and quaint piano chords.
This title track speaks of Lizzo’s sudden desire to be with one particular person—a renaissance of emotion and feelings that can only be echoed through her powerful vocal approach and almost overwhelming accompaniment.
The opening track presents a powerful expression of one’s self and sets the tone for the rest of the album.
Lizzo’s outpouring of love for others isn’t the only kind of love stitched throughout “Cuz I Love You”. The other side of that same coin is one of self-love and empowerment.
Lizzo injects a much-needed dose of girl power in “Like A Girl”, which contrasts the title track with a mix of low bass and pinging hi-hats and a colorful palate of melody, which dances through the high frequencies.
This track is the first of many to highlight the strength she finds in being a woman in our innately patriarchal society. “Like A Girl” is about transcending those fictionally conditioned barriers we see in society.
Another facet of the self-love motif is Lizzo’s case for body positivity. In many of her tracks she sings and raps about how much she loves her body, and how it’s no one’s business but her own.
In “Tempo”, Lizzo drops the bass low again and spits over a darker accompaniment; this track also happens to feature one of Lizzo’s proclaimed biggest influences, Missy Elliot.
The two express their sex appeal through their love of themselves; a liquid and chilling confidence radiates from their performances and continues to empower with each listen.
“Cuz I Love You” is a great collection of bangers and beauty, with standout production and stunning performances from start to finish. It’s a no-filler set of strong singles that demonstrate the depth and variety of Lizzo’s talents, and it’s sure to strike a chord with any of its so musical moments.
In her 3rd studio album, Lizzo is all about making the world know that, yes, she is a powerful woman, and any woman can shatter these barriers regardless of what a man says or thinks.