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Lizzo’s ‘Special’ Album is for Those Who Opted to Have a Healing Summer

Lizzo's Special Album cover

Lizzo’s ‘Special’ album is for those of us who opted to have a healing summer. Though I liked Lizzo, I hadn’t ever listened to any of her albums, so after writing about her Audacy Listening Party, I decided to give “Special” a listen as l researched the artist and the album more. 


Now listen, I am not a music critic or writer, but I believe in letting you all know when something is good, and I was blown away literally, by the instrumentation alone. But it was Lizzo’s soulfulness, humor, wordplay, confidence, flirtiness, ratchedness at times- ok,  a lot of times, but it’s Lizzo- it’s a combination of all those things.


From the introduction song, Sign, I knew it was going to be good. 


Hi, motherfuckers did you miss me

I’ve been home since 2020

I’ve been twerking and making smoothies

It’s called healing,

And I feel better since you seen me last


Followed by About Damn Time, which really has that disco, late 70s, early 80’s feel. 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready) takes us back in time. I went back to Teen Witch personally, but it definitely makes you want to sing into your hairbrush while bopping around with legwarmers on. And if you, too, are on a healing journey this summer, you will get the words. This one is in my top three favorites. Plus, she mentions self-worth, and that just makes me love it more. 


Everybody’s Gay, which is another one I like, sounds very similar to a Michael Jackson song. I imagine people at a disco dancing high as hell whenever I hear that one. Break Up Twice has that 90s Lauryn Hill, Doo Wap (That Thing) feel.


Grrrls is nice and celebrates sisterhood, which is a theme Lizzo touches on frequently on this album. That is another reason why I think this album is so awesome. It is like an ode to sisterhood and being with your girlfriends. Birthday Girl is in true Black girl, woman fashion. I love when she says she started from the bottom with her h*es…. I’m not really one to call other women “b*tch,” but I Love You B*tch is also one of my top three.

I Love You B*tch 

Give me your heart, no repo

Figured me out, no cheat code

Give your hoodie it’s too cold

Bless your heart it’s too small


This part always makes me smile and think of past friendships when I was younger. The type of healthy friendships I long for now as an adult. 


I’m used to feeling alone, oh

So I thought that I’d let you know

In case nobody told you today

You’re special


Those are some of the lyrics from Special, which really made me emotional. It’s in my top three favorites. Initially, I wondered what made this song worth titling the album with the same name, but I get it now. The horns are everything, but most importantly, with this track, the Bout Dam singer touches on self-love. Great choice. 


‘Special’ was not the usual album filled with pain and adultery of some sort. Though the Truth Hurts singer often mentions men doing wrong, it’s more like, “but I’m past that.” 


Naked, If You Love Me, and Coldplay are beautiful, vulnerable love ballads and sound like real things women think about and want to say to men and themselves. Coldplay also has that 70s feel. Let me also add that most of the song credits that I checked included Lizzo.


Lizzo seems like she is a young woman living her best and most carefree life (as carefree as one can get because we all have insecurities) and being treated right. Kudos to her. 


I hope you cry, laugh, dance, twerk. Do the splits. Do whatever you wanna do. I’m honored to be doing it with you.– Lizzo


Thank you, Lizzo! I did all of those things. This album is just what I needed for the journey I am on.

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Francheska "Fancy" Felder is the founder/publisher/EIC of SwagHer Magazine. She is a -Single mother of 3 -Libra - Trapping scribe -Lover -Mental health advocate - Country girl -Proud, liberated Black goddess ________________________________________ Long Bio: Francheska “Fancy” Felder is the owner of Fancy’s Thoughts and the award-winning publisher and editor-in-chief of SwagHer Magazine, a lifestyle and empowerment publication for the Black woman who likes to keep it real in life and business. The magazine doubles as a PR boutique offering public relations services and visibility coaching, and Fancy strategically executes brand campaigns for Black women CEOs, coaches, and authors. The former teen mom started the company in 2010 while working as an exotic dancer, but soon after, her love for empowering Black women led her to abandon that lifestyle. She has received awards for her work as a positive news publisher and journalist telling the stories of Black women and other informative news that the Black community finds relevant, including the severe topics of Black mental health and domestic violence. The podcast she co-hosts with Arnya T.M. Davis, Theories & Thoughts, also continues these conversations. Fancy publicly speaks about her battle with bipolar disorder with hopes of helping others begin their wellness paths. She also shares her mental health story in contribution to the I Am a Black Woman- Next Level anthology, an Amazon Best-Seller. In the summer of 2022, RallyUp Magazine, a mental health magazine, featured Fancy as their cover story, where she opened up about receiving her diagnosis. The McComb, Mississippi native is part of Facebook’s independent journalism project, Bulletin, where she publishes The Higher South, and she was a member of the NABJ Entrepreneur Academy powered by CafeMedia in 2021. The Glambitous Guide to Self-Love, Peace, and Confidence contributor is an avid learner and creative. Currently, she is attending Southern University A&M College, completing her bachelor's degree and rearing her three young adults. Fancy enjoys learning more about spirituality, Black history, and feminism in her free time, along with yoga and walking.


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