The moment is finally here, the new princess of pop Ariana Grande dropped her new album My Everything last night and I have been listening to it nonstop. If you’re a big Ariana fan like me, you’ve been waiting for this moment ever since you got the announcement for this record in late June. This release is definitely a big deal for Grande since it is her sophomore record. This album will prove if Ariana has the staying power that a lot of people claim she has.
To start things off two of the 12 tracks and one from the deluxe album are already on the top pop charts. With “Break Free” and “Bang Bang” climbing every week and “Problem” easily being one of this summer’s biggest hits; I will say I was expecting something HUGE from Ariana on this album. So let’s get to the nitty gritty since I’m sure you already know about the hits. The album is solid no doubt, coming in with a lot of support from big R&B, Hip-Hop and Rap artist like Childish Gambino, The Weeknd, A$AP Ferg and Big Sean; Ariana shows us more of a softer, emotional and grown up side in this album. She has a ton of ballads like “Why Try”, “Best Mistake” and ‘Just a Little Bit of Your Heart” where she talks about heartbreak and falling in love. The great things about these songs are that they really showcase Ariana’s vocal range and ability to adapt to different styles of music. This really allows her to grow into becoming a real artist and being known as someone not to reckon with.
If you’re not one for soft pop ballads no worries Ariana threw in a couple of bangers to keep the energy flowing from one song to the next. “One Last Time” and “Hands On Me” are definitely some of the higher energy tracks. Also they definitely remind us how Ariana isn’t the Cat we know from Victorious. She’s a grown up now and she has no problem showing it off in her lyrics and stage outfits. However even though Ariana is grown up and taking things in a new direction the album seemed to be a little lack luster. Now don’t get me wrong she sounds great throughout the entire record, showing off her ability to hit those notes and basically kill any track. But some of the songs seemed a little vapid and flat. Also the album doesn’t seem to have a very nice flow to it as well. While almost every track is enjoyable, the genres and feel of the songs jump constantly, leaving the listener to desire a little bit more.
So in conclusion, while My Everything isn’t exactly a homerun, it’s definitely something that will get Ariana safely to another album and continue her career without having too many issues. 3 out 5 stars for sure, but now worries we still love you Ariana. Now that you have two albums when are you announcing your tour?