Ariana Grande's second track from her upcoming third album is different from anything she's done before; and it's damn brilliant. Sexy, slick and incredibly cool.
The titular track of Ariana Grande’s third album, ‘Dangerous Woman’, is probably one of my favourites of hers to date. As a massive fan of her, that’s saying a lot.
The one thing I love about Grande is that you’re never quite sure what she’s going to do next, and with this new single, she has proved that yet again. Sure, it’s still a generic pop track, but stylistically it’s new and refreshing- oh damn, it’s so refreshing; especially given the fact that ‘Focus’ just felt too similar to last year’s ‘Problem’, which I criticised it for when it first came out.
Immediately that funky bassline kicks in, and it just feels cool. Then when Ariana’s vocals come in, with the musical phrasing of the lyrics set as short, snappy lines- it keeps you hooked. The beat is almost mesmerising, having you jamming your head along throughout.
The ascending lines in the pre-chorus create such an awesome build, and it builds up the anticipation to the chorus- which when it hits, does not disappoint. It drops like a bomb, with a solid impact, but it’s also not overwhelming.
The lyrics of the track are sexy and fun, and the tone of the track just reminds me of cruising along in an old school Saloon car, like in a Hollywood movie. In fact, I do think that it does give off the vibes of a soundtrack piece, but not in the sense that it doesn’t work on its own, but more so that it would just fit so well on a slick movie scene or in the credits of a badass, sexy action movie with a femme fatale. It helps that the production of the track is so slick too.
I don’t really have anything bad to say about this song, so I’ll leave it at that. Grande has surely delivered, and I am now more excited for her upcoming album than ever.
‘Dangerous Woman’ is out now via Republic Records.