Ariana Grande’s ‘Positions’ Album: She’s One Step Close, But Here’s What Needs To Happen For Her Next Album…

By: AALIYAH MINNIWEATHER

On October 30th, Ariana Grande released her long-awaited 6th album, ‘Positions’. The album consists of 14 songs and is Grande’s most sexually charged album to date. This is understandable, as Grande recently got into a new relationship with her boyfriend, Dalton Gomez, about 5 months ago. As I listened to the new album, I noticed that the vast majority of the songs were R&B-flavored pop and had a trap cadence to them. It’s very similar to her previous album ‘thank u, next’, released in 2019.

Here’s my breakdown for every song (or most of them): 

shut up (2:38): I have mixed feelings on this song. I feel like it’s a cute little song that you can listen to when you’re just chilling the car on a lengthy commute or generally just waiting for the time to pass by. Basically, my only gripe with this song is the lyrics can come off as a bit juvenile (that can be said about a number of songs on this album). I also feel like another song could’ve been picked to lead this album. 6/10

34+35 (2:54): This is about the most sexually explicit track on the album. I won’t go into detail in this family friendly article, but she’s very passionate about her activity; she says something about “going until the daylight”. Yeah, I think you know what she’s talking about. At times, the way she goes about it is pretty straightforward stuff, if slightly immature; at a point, she says something about not needing “side ****”. It’s a good enough song, but it’s not in my playlist or anything. Right now, it feels pretty forgettable. Maybe it’ll grow on me one day. 6/10 

motive ft. Doja Cat (2:48): Doja Cat made this track for me, personally. She has this unique rapping style and is so creative in her rap cadence, that it’s hard for me to resist her music most of the time. I think this song sounds good. It reminds me of standard “mall” music; it’s the kind of music that you would hear in the background while shopping at a department store, specifically. This is a standard pop song, basically. 9/10

just like magic (2:30): I like this song a lot. It reminds me of a lot of the old R&B songs by Keyshia Cole, Rihanna, and Drake that I used to listen to. That’s probably why I like it so much; it feels nostalgic. I also really like the melody. The lyrics don’t sound too immature and fit in perfectly with the vibe of the song. I would give this song a few more listens. If I were her, I would release this as a single. 9.5/10

off the table ft. The Weeknd (4:00): I apologize, but I’m going to have to skip out on a full review of this song, for now. It feels pretty boring to me, no offense to The Weeknd (or Ariana). Ariana’s vocals were pretty great, so I’ll give it another try later. It might be a grower, who knows. 5.5/10

six thirty (3:04): I like the vibe of this song. This seems like the perfect kind of song to listen to when you and your friends are having fun, or when you’re partying. I just think it’s funny whenever she says, “Are you down, wassup? Are you down, wassup?” I don’t know why, but it’s hilarious to hear her talk this way. 8/10

safety net (3:29): I like this song, mostly because of Ty Dolla $ign. It has a nice little beat and melody to it, and it reminds me a little bit of the 2013-2014 songs I used to like so much. Not to mention, they were some of the most special years of my life. I would give this song another listen. 8.5/10


my hair (2:39): This song has a very catchy hook. I remember it being stuck in my head for a while after I listened to it. Grande’s vocals on this song were pretty awesome and went well with the overall laid back vibe of the song. I absolutely loved how she spent the entire resolution of the song in the whistle register. This song shows how inspired she is by R&B icons, such as India Arie and Brandy. 9/10 

nasty (3:21): This is one of my favorite songs on the whole album. It has an alternative r&b flavor written all over it. It has a sick melody and styling that I generally love so much about alternative r&b. This is absolutely a song that I would play when I just want to sit down and think, despite the song’s content not being appropriate for that occasion. 10/10 west side (2:13): Even though I think it has a nice beat and melody, I dislike this song because it seems like appropriation. I mean, “meet me on the westside”? It just sounds so familiar to me. 5/10 

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