SZA - twoAM
SZA’s take on PartyNextDoor’s “Come and See Me” is a heartfelt rendition that replaces the original’s steady mood with a raw and powerful performance. The reverb placed at the end of her lines in the verse give the song added depth outside of the bass, hazy piano pad, and constant percussion. SZA’s vocals are confident and vulnerable. The added urgency makes the lyrics feel present and much less reflective than Party’s controlled delivery. SZA did more than recite, she gave it a new perspective and meaning that sounds unique to her.
“TwoAM” makes the original song richer. SZA gave life to the other side of the story, and in songwriting it is difficult to give full character and voice to the subject. Lyrics and tone are usually internal and reflective. A lot of times this is because of constraints on song length, and work needed just to relate your story to an unfamiliar audience. But when there’s a chance to expand the story, whether that be throughout an album or a song, it should be taken to give the the more room to emphasize.