Ariana Grande ‘Dangerous Woman’ Album Review Roundup

May 18, 2016

Ariana Grande’s new album is ‘Dangerous Woman.’ The highly anticipated third album from the former child star turned pop music superstar has arrived and critics are weighing in. Here’s a roundup of reviews.

Ariana Grande

‘Dangerous Woman’ is also the album’s title track and lead single and it reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and both the song itself, the racy lyrics and the music video — that saw her clad in black lingerie — served to eradicate any traces of the Nickelodeon ‘Sam & Cat’ star image that might have still been lingering. Not to mention that album cover (below) that sees her paying homage to the 1960s and the archetypes of a certain non-child friendly revolution that was in full swing back then.

Ariana Grande stakes her claim as a grown up recording artist with this, her third album. She’s risen to fame in the music world with undeniable talent — not least a a multi-octave voice that draws comparisons to Mariah Carey — and with the new album, she’s advanced even further into the territory.

It’s the follow-up to her 2014 sophomore album, ‘My Everything,’ yes, and much has changed since then. Yes, the music itself, the subject matter is far more edgy, and, the singer herself has suffered some fallout in recent years, that being the so-called “donut-gate” scandal that saw her licking donuts at a shop in Florida and denouncing Americans for the size of their bodies.

She seems to reference that in one of the songs, ““Bad Decisions.” As such, she’s right in line with the current fad that sees artists with obvious autobiographical songs and albums, not least, Beyonce’s Leomonade and Gwen Stefani’s ‘This Is What the Truth Feels Like.’

There’s also an impressive lineup of guest artists on the album, including three superstar rappers; Lil Wayne on “Let Me Love You.” She also teams up with Nicki Minaj on “Side to Side” and with Future on ‘”Everyday.’ Drawing the most buzz — perhaps because it’s the one that’s most unexpected — is her ballad ‘Leave Me Lonely’ with R&B star Macy Gray.

Now the critics are having their say and you can see a roundup below.

“….While the hooks may not be as irresistible as her 2014 double whammy of “Problem” and “Break Free,” Grande compensates by having something meaningful to say with that jaw-dropping voice—one of the most exquisite in pop today. ….” –Entertainment Weekly

“….The star’s third studio album hears her refining her sound between twinkle-eyed ballads and ballsy bangers, tying it all together with her undeniably incredible vocals. ….” –Digital Spy

Yes, critics are weighing in — check back for more reviews. It’s a sure bet she lands at the top of iTunes charts around the world, as she’s got an enormous fan base worldwide,and a Billboard 200 No. 1 debut seems likely inevitable. You can see Ariana Grande’s ‘Dangerous Woman’ album cover art and music video below.

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Pictures: PR Photos

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