Album Review: Dangerous Woman By Ariana Grande

Album Review: Dangerous Woman By Ariana Grande

Arianators weren't prepared, and you won't be either.
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Teenybopper and child TV star no more; Ariana Grande is breaking away from the roots that gave her stardom with her latest album, “Dangerous Woman.” The highly-anticipated third studio album from the actress-turned-singer proved to be nothing short of spectacular just from the ten-second clips that the songstress would preview on her Snapchat account leading up to the May 20, 2016 release. But when fans were finally gifted with songs like “Be Alright” and “Moonlight” (the latter being the original title of the album) an excited uproar was heard on social media throughout the world – a new era and a new, badder Ariana had officially been born.

Ariana has been known for her ability to reach vocal feats that most would only dream of. Ever since her debut single ‘The Way (feat. Mac Miller)” debuted in 2013, it was clear that this star would be burning bright in the future. It took three years, but Dangerous Woman is truly the album that will bring Ariana Grande out of the shadows of other pop stars and let the sheer diversity that her voice can handle shine through.

After her sophomore album “My Everything” was released, it got some critiques stating that she had not quite found the sound that she wanted to go with yet. But in a world where Taylor Swift can go from country to pop princess, who needs one distinct sound to be successful in the music industry? This is evident as Grande dabbles in the world of reggae in fan-favorite “Side to Side (feat. Nicki Minaj)” and then in Soul/R&B on “Leave Me Lonely (feat. Macy Gray).”

Sultry songs such as “Leave Me Lonely (feat. Lil Wayne)” and title track “Dangerous Woman” give the album a feel that neither of her previous have had with a more mature, yet oddly soothing feel. Maybe that had something to do with Grande’s perfect delivery of the lyrics as well as the superb production applied to both tracks.

And what artist would dare to release an album right before summer hits without some turn-up-the-radio, roll-down-the-windows-and-jam tunes? Grande delivers these kinds of songs that you will hear blasting at the beach, on boats, and out of car windows with ease. I can already tell that I will be hearing “Greedy”, “Be Alright”, “Bad Decisions”, and second-single “Into You” for endless summers to come!

But the most pleasing part of the album, especially to fans that have followed Grande over the course of her career, is the first track, “Moonlight.” The 1950’s doo-wop feel brings backs the vibes that Grande brought with her debut album, “Yours Truly” – a sound that fans have known her to love for years. The sounds of her beginnings continuing to show up alongside songs clearly showing Grande’s evolution as an artist are refreshing for a long-time fan such as myself. Not to mention the vocals on the tune are near flawless.

Ariana Grande continues to prove that she is a force to be reckoned with in the young music industry. With her powerful vocals and ability to deliver in multiple genres, this woman is clearly dangerous. All I have left to say is that the other young artists in the industry better watch out – Ariana is coming and she isn’t backing down anytime soon.

Cover Image Credit: JR Graphics

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Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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