By Simran Singh
Thank u, Next, Ariana Grande’s fifth studio album just dropped last Friday along with music video for ‘Break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored’. Thank u, Next released after 6 months, after ‘Sweetener’ released. Usually artists take a year break after releasing a album, but Ariana decided to not take a break and continue dropping music whenever she wants to. This is the first time a artist has done this.
12 new tracks off Thank u, Next. First Track is ‘Imagine’, that is imagining of what could’ve happened with a lover if things didn’t go so sour with mix of beats. Second Track is ‘Needy’, a r&b laid back track about being needy and feeling sorry that she feels this way. Third Track is upbeat NASA, using cleverly the space station’s name to say that she needs her own space. Fourth Track is ‘Bloodline’ a reggae influenced track with trumpets, about not loving someone enough to be in your bloodline. Fifth Track is ‘Fake Smile’, opening with 70s/50s’ vibes, and transitioning to today, it brings up that she is no longer going to be having a fake smile on and she’s going to heal. Sixth Track is ‘Bad Idea’, of wanting to go back to somebody and knowing it’s wrong. Seventh Track is ‘Make Up’, breaking up with somebody just to get back together with them. Eighth Track is ‘Ghostin’ a eerie moody song sampled from deceased ex boyfriend Mac Miller, which the song talks about him and how she should be ghosting her current lover. Ninth Track is ‘In My Head’, the song is opposite of the previous track of imagining someone of how they would be like and finding out they’re nothing like that. Tenth Track is ‘7 rings’, the r&b infused trap track about how she uses her riches to buy gifts for her family & friends. Eleventh Track is thank u, next, the song that started it all, instead of calling her exes out, she thanked them for the things & lessons she learned and is grateful for the experiences. The last track is ‘Break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored’, this track is a lot less serious than the other ones, fun vibes, about wanting a guy even though he’s taken. Ending the album with a less serious note is a good thing, as ‘Sweetener’ ended with ‘Get Well Soon’, which is about the Manchester attack and how we can help each other heal.
Thank u, Next is also the first album where she has co-written all of the tracks. She added her own raw touch to the tracks with not adding Pharrell who produced her previous album which didn’t do as well as her earlier albums. This way of dropping music along the way might even further her career even more. It is currently #1 on the iTunes charts.
You can listen to ‘Thank u, Next’ on Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, Google Play Music,etc.