Seeing as this album was released in May, I have no idea why I’m only writing this now? I guess I’ve been obsessed with watching Ariana Grande perform songs off of Dangerous Woman lately that it made sense to finally do this. I mean, her Side to Side performance with Nicki Minaj at the 2016 VMAs was everything!
I’ll be honest, I didn’t like this album at first. I guess because it’s quite different to My Everything and Yours Truly but after a good few listens I found some favourites in Dangerous Woman, Side to Side, Be Alright, Into You, Leave Me Lonely, Greedy and Bad Decisions. I’m happy that Ariana decided to change the direction slightly with the album – it was initially meant to be titled “Moonlight” which happens to be the first song of the album. This seems like a far more mature and edgier album than her previous offerings. The only reason why it took some time for me to get into it was because it’s a pairing I’m not used to with Ariana.
What I really loved about this new phase from Ariana is everything she has experimented with: different sounds, vocals and collabs. The girl from Victorious is long gone and I quite like how Ari has evolved (minus some of her shady moments, to be honest). I adored the visuals which accompanied this in the forms of video teasers, music videos and the like. Um, hello Side to Side music video with Nicki Minaj – the aesthetic was basically everything. Another music video I could not get enough of was definitely Into You – Id love to see Ariana come out with a visual album of sorts or short movie, because there’s no denying her team know how to deliver. Granted though, I did feel a bit awkward about her and Lil Wayne in the Let Me Love You music video, but I’ve since moved on from that.
Ariana is planning a Dangerous Woman tour in 2017, I can only hope it will visit South Africa. What I like about her is that she sings incredibly live. Her performance is never entirely the same as the studio offering, but because this girl is so insanely talented, you don’t care much if it differs.
All in all, Dangerous Woman is great offering from Ariana Grande with powerful ballads, hot collabs and an edgier sound you’ll grow to love. You should definitely give it a listen to see what all the fuss is about!