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"thank u, next" Ariana Grande

by Breanna Rosen - Advertising Manager
Wed, Feb 20th 2019 03:00 pm
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Ariana Grande hit the top of the music charts again with the recent release of her fifth album, “thank u, next.” Just six months after the release of her last album “Sweetener,” her new album gives insight into the pop singer’s life through many different and edgy musical styles. 

“Thank u, next,” is an album which expresses Grande’s struggles with grief, but includes her rising up and moving forward from the past through the 12 songs on the tracklist.

The first track of the album, “imagine,” has a sad tone. The lyrics describe a perfect but imagined relationship, saying it could not happen. Fans speculated the track was written about Grande’s recently deceased ex-boyfriend, rapper Mac Miller. Grande took to Twitter saying the track was about “a simple, beautiful love that is now (and forever) unattainable.”

“NASA,” adds an R&B vibe to the album. In this song Grande sings, “You know I’m a star; space, I’mma need space,” referencing her needing time to herself, hence the title. 

The sixth track on the album, “bad idea” is the only song to feature instrumentals with violins. The sweet sound contrasts the darkness of the lyrics. In this song, Grande expresses that her “bad idea” involves spending time with someone that is not good for her, in order to deal with her grief and “numb” her pain. 

The album then moves on to “make up,” a short, upbeat song. The light heartedness provides a change of pace from some of the darker themes throughout the album. 

There’s a sad turn in the tracklist when transitioning from “make up” to “ghostin.” The ominous instrumentals give off a heartbroken feel as she sings lyrics such as, “I know it breaks your heart when I cry again.” The song is presumably about Grande’s past relationship with actor and comedian Pete Davidson and her grief due to the passing of Mac Miller. 

Titular track “thank u, next,” is about moving forward. This song is easy to relate to as an anthem for overcoming your past. “Thank u, next / I’m so f*****g grateful for my ex,” acknowledges the past and how it has shaped her while also recognizing it is time to move on. Choosing to use this song as the title for the album was well fitting, as this is Grande’s comeback album after the tragic events she has endured in the past year.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the album. Listening to the tracklist straight through definitely gives you an insight into Grande’s life, making you feel her emotion. Like Grande’s past albums, the vocals and instrumentals were impeccable and I definitely recommend this album. 


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