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Review: Grande entices curiosities on fifth album

'thank u, next" Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande's fifth studio album, "thank u, next."

Not six months after releasing an affectionately playful studio album, “Sweetener,” Grande captivates fans with her latest album, “thank u, next.”

American singer-songwriter and actress Ariana Grande released her fifth studio album, which features 12 tracks, through Republic Records on Feb. 8.

The death of Grande’s ex-boyfriend and famed rapper Mac Miller, along with Grande’s breakup with her ex-fiancé Pete Davidson, have fueled Grande’s fans with relationship curiosities for months.

Romantic connection and self-love are distinctly different throughout this album. While one could engage in both at the same time, the vocal artists seems like she cannot find a middle ground.

Awaiting the release of her newest album, fans were introduced to “imagine” last December. The promotional single happens to be a word her late ex-boyfriend had tattooed across his arm. With longing descriptions, the singer yearns for her afflatus to picture a dreamy world where the two of them eat, rest and enjoy one another in a variety of forms.

Aside from daydreams about a picture-perfect relationship, Grande’s newfound relational freedom is expressed in three pop singles that are featured in the collection.

Grande’s title track details her past relationships by expressing appreciation for her ex-boyfriends yet exclaiming self-love as her current passion. The refreshing pop song is an anthem for those who treasure their past connections but are ready to focus on moving forward.  

The second single, “7 rings,” gives common listeners an understanding of Grande’s celebrity lifestyle. No men are mentioned throughout the song as she focuses on the material items she spoils her girl gang with – including rings from Tiffany & Co.

In the artist’s final single of the album, “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored,” Grande expresses her desire for someone who is already in a relationship. Despite their role as a partner, Grande uses her status as a single woman to try and convince the taken muse to be hers.

Utilizing her expansive vocal range, she offers fans a glimpse into the single life with some songs and provides listeners with a glimpse into the past.

“ghostin” carries the weight of the album, linking insights from her two most recent relationships into one song. The change in tone compared to other tracks left me wondering whether she is ready for her next chapter in life.

Whether Grande is rousing or unreminiscent, she offers a captivated fan base insight into the thoughts of a woman who is navigating the idea of loving herself and others. Conflicting or not, I will always be a fan of the songwriter’s talents.

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