A review of Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande by Scarlette Baum

From one ‘scandal’ to the next, baby-doll dress donning diva Ariana Grande has kept her name and her image in the media between studio album releases. Finally, Grande is now newsworthy for more than licking and ditching a donut! Her third studio album Dangerous Woman, released in May of this year, is Grande’s refreshing return to the music scene since her 2014 album My Everything and a stint of unremarkable features.

Featuring collaborations with music’s biggest names — Nicki Minaj on ‘Side to Side’, whose verse admittedly makes the track; Lil Wayne on ‘Let Me Love You’ which features his clever and cool lyrics; Macy Gray on ‘Leave Me Lonely’ which is a soulful track, but not convincing; and lastly Future features on ‘Everyday’ bringing A-grade production to the track, highlighting Grande’s immense vocal talent. Dangerous Woman is likely to cater to the tastes of many RnB and hip-hop fans, even if, like me, you’re not a fan of Grande’s Mariah Carey-esque vocal tricks.

If you only heard the album’s opening and closing tracks ‘Moonlight’ and ‘I Don’t Care’ you wouldn’t believe that there’s anything worth hearing on the album, but given the chance you’ll find standout tracks including ‘Greedy’, showcasing Grande’s exceptional vocal range; ‘Sometimes’, which sounds effortless without sounding lazy and non-committal — a first for 2016; and title track ‘Dangerous Woman’ which is James Bond-worthy, if you’re that way inclined.

Overall, Dangerous Woman isn’t 2016’s ‘must buy’ album, but it’s definitely worth streaming on your preferred audio and media platforms, purely for the effort it makes at shrugging off Ariana Grande’s ‘America’s Angel’ image.

I give Dangerous Woman three out of five stars and the ever overused ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ monkey emojis.

 

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