The musical Dear Evan Hansen has made the leap from Broadway to the silver screen, but the story of a teenage boy suffering from social anxiety struggling to become popular is also struggling to find love at the box office. While the film has been getting some interesting reviews, what we can all sing the praises of is SZA‘s interpretation of the original song “The Anonymous Ones” from the soundtrack.
Co-written and sung by Amandla Stenberg in the movie, “The Anonymous Ones,” is about finding out that you’re not the only one having issues and feeling pain. SZA put a pop-soul twist on it for her version and now we get to see some of her acting in the music video. We see her wading through crowds of people on her way to perform in a park, and she’s barely a blip on anyone’s radar, as people go on their way. It’s a lonely journey, and she’s invisible even when she’s singing her heart out and looking hella good. She eventually stops to sit on a park bench and finds a kindred spirit, a girl drawing in her notebook, and for the first time she feels seen while seeing the young artist, too.
“The Anonymous Ones” is just one of the many songs SZA has released in recent months in anticipation of her eagerly-awaited sophomore album. There’s been “Hit Different,” “Good Days,” a trio of unreleased tracks and her hit collaboration with Doja Cat, “Kiss Me More.” She’s even got some fire coming with Kali Uchis at the end of the month. While we’d like to have her new album yesterday, we’re happy that label politics haven’t kept SZA silent.