So I finally got a chance to listen to Ariana Grande’s new album Dangerous Woman and I was actually pretty impressed. Actually, the first thought that came to mind as I was listening to it was that it is the female version of Zayn’s Mind of Mine (one of my favorite albums so far this year). And, I’m also getting a Rihanna ANTI (my other favorite) vibe. I guess it was just because of what the songs made me think and feel while listening to it.
I really try my best to not compare artists. But honestly, I’m not comparing the artists themselves, just the musical content. They are all coming from this passionate, sexual… Just such a personal/ intimate place. It makes you wonder where the inspiration really comes from, which from the sound of their songs though, it’s mainly love and relationships (friends and lovers).
But let’s get to Ariana and this album Dangerous Woman. A part from the fact that it’s hard to believe that this voice and attitude comes from her, it’s an amazing album, give or take a couple of songs. I loved her first album Yours Truly but couldn’t get into her last album My Everything. But that’s usually how it happens with most artist, right? That first album is worked on and pushed heavy by the record company. The second album is usually when the artist has experienced more and wants to test the waters, doing more of their own thing. Then the 3rd album, they’ve started to really figure things out and come out with something amazing that people don’t quite expect. That’s my opinion though…
Let me get back on topic and talk about these songs a little bit… Right away with the 1st track “Moonlight”, we get what I feel is classic Ariana, which is that Doo-Wop style love song which I actually love from her. Right after is the title track “Dangerous Woman” is a very sexy song. It’s about what the opposite sex makes us want to be and do 😉 Her voice is amazing on this.
“Be Alright” is a great, positive relationship song. Yes, we will go through some tough times in our relationships but in the end, everything is going to be alright. And you have to make up your mind that it will be. The music for “Let Me Love You” catches my attention from the start and it reminds me of Jermih’s song “All The Time” (Listen to it and tell me what you think). I’m not mad at her though. It really is a dope song. I’m just not a fan of Lil Wayne’s verse but that’s just me.
And the simple fact that she has Macy Gray on “Leave Me Lonely” makes it an instant classic. This track has a ton of soul in it. Ariana really brings it. I love Macy’s bridge: “Dangerous love… You’re no good for me, darling… Yeah, you turn me away… Like I’m begging for a dollar… Danger, oh, how you hold me… I get a chill inside… And nothing frightens me, baby”…
For those of you who may or may not know this about me, I am not a big Future fan. But I have become a fan of some of his features, including this one on “Everyday”. It’s not even Ariana trying to be “hood” or do a “Trap” song. It’s just a fun, up-tempo track with a crazy hard-hitting beat with her Pop vocals as the cherry on top. It’s a perfect match.
After the different, Pop/ R&B possible breakup song “Sometimes”, she comes back with a nice, classic slow jam “I Don’t Care”. It’s one of those R&B songs that you can sit, close your eyes, bob your head, and snap your fingers to.
I will end this review with her track “Bad Decisions” which goes back to her edgy, “dangerous love” theme. It’s basically one of those love songs where it’s like “I know it’s wrong but it feels so right”… You know? Love and infatuation makes us do crazy shit and sometimes gives us amazing albums…
I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes from this album, courtesy of “Bad Decisions”: “…Ain’t you ever seen a princess be a bad bitch?…”