SZA – Good Days

Released on Christmas Day, “Good Days”, the B-side of SZA’s “Hit Different” radiates positive energy. “Good Days”, with its wavering guitar drowning out the perceived sound of distant sirens, focuses on letting go of negativity, of feelings of discouragement that SZA previously narrated in her album CTRL, and of the wreck we all know as 2020: “Gotta let go of weight, can’t keep what’s holdin’ me”, “All the while, I’ll await my armoured fate with a smile”, “Gotta hold my own, my cross to bear alone”. Where the lyrics bear the idea of heaviness, on the negativity that weighs SZA down, the production is otherwise light; the guitar seems to float above SZA’s honeyed alto voice, and Jacob Collier’s cavernous bass vocals overlay the track with fullness and depth. Throughout its almost five-minute runtime, “Good Days” moves at a pace of restive hope, in the same way we wait in anticipation for the better days of 2021. And so SZA and Collier sing, “Good days living in my mind”, cementing a positive mindset even up to the final seconds of the song, “Always in my mind, always in my mind, mind”.

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