Ariana Delivers a Dark Companion to ‘Sweetener’ with ‘thank u, next’

When you think of a list of artists who could drop two albums in six months, the list mainly includes rappers. Future, Drake, NBA Youngboy, and… Ariana Grande? On her fifth full-length studio album, Grande reinvents the pop wheel by releasing the antithesis to her Grammy-nominated #1 summer album, Sweetener (review here). Following the culture-shifting “thank u, next” (read here); a gorgeous promotional single in … Continue reading Ariana Delivers a Dark Companion to ‘Sweetener’ with ‘thank u, next’

Ariana Grande Reaches New Heights with “7 rings”

On the follow up to her massive “thank u, next,” Ariana cuts the crooning and raps about retail therapy as a way to get over a breakup. Like “thank u,” “7 rings” is empowering. She flips the weight of her engagement ring in to friendship rings for “six of her bitches.” Ariana is delightfully cocky (“write my own checks like I write what I sing”) … Continue reading Ariana Grande Reaches New Heights with “7 rings”

Review: Ariana Grande Nails It Again With “Imagine”

“Imagine,” a new song from Ariana Grande’s upcoming fifth studio album, Thank U, Next, is an exercise in narrative building. Over a twinking, string-laden Happy Perez & Pop Wansel production, Ariana crafts a mirage of the perfect relationship only to have it destroyed by her piercing belts in the chorus. Ariana’s progression in songwriting has been beautiful to watch. Even the simplest descriptions of “pad thai” … Continue reading Review: Ariana Grande Nails It Again With “Imagine”

Why Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” Is One of the Most Important Songs of 2018

Just months after dropping one of the most intelligent and acclaimed pop albums in recent years with her fourth studio album, Sweetener, Ariana Grande surprise-released “thank u, next” following her breakup with SNL comedian, Pete Davidson. On a number of levels “thank u, next” challenges the current parameters for pop music in the current landscape and songwriting from the female perspective. The song has also proved … Continue reading Why Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” Is One of the Most Important Songs of 2018