During the album's studio sessions, SZA and the album's producers would go into the studio, open up the hard drive, and filter through the recorded songs and beats to decide if the songs were good or "worth trying to make better" and continue experimenting.
On September 26, 2017, "The Weekend" was sent to urban contemporary radio as the album's third single. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 86, based on 14 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim".s Jessica Mc Kinny said the album "has definitely kick-started her journey in the right direction. referred to SZA as "the full package in terms of artistry: killer singing and songwriting abilities with a distinct perspective on life, love and destiny".The song talks about SZA's ex partner who left her on Valentine’s Day."Doves in the Wind" features rapper Kendrick Lamar and is built over a "woozy" production.The album was released to acclaim from music critics.It debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200, moving 60,000 equivalent-album units in its first full-tracking week.