MTV Review: Ariana Grande's 'Dangerous Woman' Is Her Best Record Yet & Here's Why
It's SO good...
It's common knowledge that Ariana Grande has officially outgrown her cutesy Nickelodeon image, and with her third studio album Dangerous Woman she makes this even more clear.
Although the album begins with romantic 50's style ballad 'Moonlight', this is the anomaly (albeit a beautiful and twinkly odd-one-out) on an otherwise unapologetically banger-filled record.
Because Ari absolutely loves her fans she's already treated us to five songs from the album, and of course we already know ALL the words.
From title track 'Dangerous Woman' through to tracks featuring Lil Wayne and Future ('Let Me Love You' and 'Everyday'), we knew that if the rest of the songs followed suit, this was going to be her best album to date.
We couldn't review this album without mentioning the featured artists. 'Side To Side' is a perfectly produced reggae-pop epic featuring none other than pop/rap royalty Nicki Minaj. We've definitely strutted down the street bopping to this one wishing we were as cool as Minaj/Grande.
As well as this, one track on the album features an absolute blast from the past in the form of Macy Gray. 'Leave Me Lonely' opens with her signature breathy vocals - oh, how we've missed you Macy.
The album as a whole sounds way more grown up than her previous efforts. She's also taken note of the current trends in pop music. For example, 'Be Alright' shouldn't work on paper: a deep house track featuring Ari's souring vocals, however, it really does work and is one of the best tracks on the album.
Don't fear though, the record still features pop banger after pop banger, the sort of tracks we're used to hearing from Ariana. 'Into You', with it's infectiously catchy chorus, right through disco hit 'Greedy', she's well and truly got it covered.