Ariana Grande is back! Her third studio album, Dangerous Woman, finds the 22-year-old wanting to assert her womanhood while still remaining the youthful girl we’ve come to know. With two number one albums already under her belt (Truly Yours and My Everything), Grande is definitely aiming to achieve the same feat again. She’s not a stranger to high profile collaborations as we’ve seen with her hugely successful singles,“Bang, Bang,” “Break Free,” and “Problem.” Dangerous Woman aims to be no different including features with Nicki Minaj, Future, Lil Wayne and Macy Gray.
The album starts off slow with the ballad “Moonlight” and title track “Dangerous Woman,” which showcases Ariana’s powerhouse vocals and at this point I’m intrigued on what makes her so dangerous. Many of the songs on the album touch on bad boys who are fun but may not be too good for us in the end, a place where every girl finds herself at least once in her life. “Everyday” which features rapper Future boasts the lyrics “you fell in love with a bad guy,” and on “Let Me Love You” featuring Lil Wayne, Grande sings about just breaking up with her boyfriend and “being a mess,” essentially saying goodbye to being a good girl.
Other great tracks off the album include “I Don’t Care,” which is a sweet goodbye to all of the trivial things that can hold us back in life. “Be Alright” an upbeat dance track where Ariana sings “the hard times are golden, cause they all lead to better days and “Thinking Bout You”, a mid tempo serenade to memories of a past love. Dangerous Woman is sure to be another hit for the songstress as she has found her niche with her R&B/Pop sound and she continues to grow lyrically with each album release. Besides the few expletives she drops throughout the album, I’m still not sold on her being so dangerous but a la’ Beyonce we are all allowed to embrace our inner Sasha Fierce every once in awhile.
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Ariana Grande is a ‘Dangerous Woman’: Photo courtesy of Universal Music Group