For your half year consideration: Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande

The third album release from this pop starlet is her most refined work. Whether it’s her progression in age or her honing the content & context of her music, the album’s voice is direct and cohesive.

Grande is known for knockout vocals and they are on full display in this album. From the light serenade of the opening track “Moonlight” to the dark and sultry Macy Gray collaboration “Leave Me Lonely”, her vocal talent is at the helm of every track.

The highlight of this album is how those vocals are fused and married to a myriad of strings, horns, and electronic beats. Dangerous Woman is her most musically diverse album. In true to the form of pop, the album includes blended genres from house, to R&B, to dance pop, to much more.

The ante is upped in sound and expression. The album displays commentary of bedroom escapades in the Future featured “Everyday” to Grande’s newfound indifference  to public opinions in “I Don’t Care”. The singer croons:

“Used to cry about some crazy shit before. Used to feel so obligated to be so much more. Used to let some people tell me how to live and what to be. But if I can’t be me then what’s the point? I don’t care about it anymore.”

Dangerous Woman was released May 20th, 2016 and debuted at number two on the Billboard album charts. So far, Grande has released two lead singles from the work, “Dangerous Woman” and “Into You”. The album’s commercial success should be no surprise as the work is an audio display of Ariana Grande’s overall elevation.

Dangerous Woman is full of empowerment and introspection. It has great production, slick lyrics, and impressive beats. This is an album in which the landscape of each track is vocally claimed  by this can’t miss pop star. It is a beacon album that signals Ariana Grande’s grasp on her personal and vocal identity. The album doesn’t just assert Ariana’s place in pop music it dictates her residency in it.

Listen to Dangerous Woman here:

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