Review: Cuz I Love You by Lizzo
In case you missed it, the best album of 2019 dropped last Friday. Lizzo's third studio album “Cuz I Love You” hit streaming platforms (and shelves) on April 19th, and soared to the number one spot. It's a masterful mix of Hip Hop, Pop, and R&B with a lot of real talk and self-love added in. If “Cuz I Love You” doesn't please your earholes and bring you joy, I don't know what will.
I've already talked about the albums first, and title track Cuz I Love You in my previous article, but it's so good that I'm going to talk about it again because I have more to say. Seriously, have you listened to it yet? Because Lizzo's voice is amazing, and this song is a perfect showcase of her vocal abilities. The way she switches effortlessly from simple and upbeat to slow and emotional encapsulates her talent and perfectly captures the essence of the song.
The second and my favorite track on the album, Like a Girl, is a fusion of pop and hip-hop that drives the beat forward and magnificently highlights the empowering message behind the song. With lyrics like; /only exes that I care about are in my fucking chromosomes/, /woke up feelin' like I just might run for president/, and / if you feel like a girl, then you real like a girl/, she champions women doing their own thing and living their best lives. It's definitely going to be my new go-to song for when I'm feeling like I need a confidence boost.
Juice is the third track on the album, and it's another one I discussed in my last article. No matter how many times I listen to it, it continues to be just as great as the first time and it fits in nicely with the other tracks on the album.
Soulmate is a rhythm heavy hip-hop song with excellent vocals and equally impressive harmonies. /Look up in the mirror like “Damn, she the one”/ If you're looking for a song to make you feel really good about yourself, it's this one. It's an ode to loving yourself and being enough on your own.
On track five, she slows it down with a power ballad called “Jerome.” The lyrics tell the story of an attractive man who hasn't grown up. One that she ultimately chooses to leave. /Jerome go on, take your ass home/ is a repeated lyric that defines the song and gets the message across. Woodwind and brass instruments are utilized in this song for a more jazzy feel.
Track six, Crybaby, has an unapologetic funk vibe. Fitting for the sentiment of the song /I don't neet to apologize cause big girls gotta cry/. It's fun, playful song about not being afraid to cry if it's what you're feeling.
Tempo is the third and last song I wrote about in my last article. This track might be my second favorite on the album. It features Missy Elliot and it's about dancing. You really can't go wrong with Missy Elliot and dancing. It has a very hip-hop feel to it that occasionally slips into the realm of funk. You can catch me dancing around to this song always.
Exactly How I Feel is an upbeat pop song with roots in soul making for the smoothest track on the album. It's a song about not being afraid to feel, well, exactly how you feel. Mad, sad, happy, it doesn't matter as long as you're not faking it.
Track nine is another song from “Cuz I Love You” that effectively uses beautiful harmonies. Better in Color is a song about loving everyone, regardless of the color of their skin.
The second to last track on the album, “Heaven Help Me” is one of my favorites musically because it contains a fantastic flute solo, and how many pop songs do you know off the top of your head that have killer flute solos? Probably none. Lizzo also utilizes the word “dickmatized” which is always a win in my opinion.
Song eleven, the last song on “Cuz I Love You” is called Lingerie and it is hands down the sexiest track on the album. Maybe even the sexiest song to come out of 2019 so far. It's slow and sensual like a modern day Let's Get it On from the perspective of a woman.
I was hesitant at first to write this article because I didn't feel as if my words could do the album justice. Even after writing it, I'm not sure I was able to properly communicate how exceptional “Cuz I Love You” really is, and how incredibly talented Lizzo is. From my very first listen, this album became and instant favorite, and one that I'm certain will remain significant in my life for years to come.