Ariana Grande‘s back. It appears our favorite donut-licking pint-sized belter has returned after a quick re-focusing of her next album. With the drop of her highly anticipated lead single and title track “Dangerous Woman” tonight, the era formerly known as Moonlight is now rising once again.
After a minor (but funky) misstep with what appeared to be a “Problem 2.0,” we’re getting to see more layers of Ari’s musical palette. The track is a fierce, sexually empowering song with a rock-tinged edge, and lil Miss Grande is assuming the role of the femme fatale in charge. Not only in command of her sexuality, the diva sounds as if she’s taking the reins of her music and career now more than ever. The Max Martin-produced “Dangerous Woman” steers clear of any easy radio hit fodder or expected routes, but could become a hit simply due to star power and how great the song is.
We’re also finding the return of the velvety deep vocals from Grande past, stepping away from the airy and youthful tones it appears her team has pushed her to adopt for her first two albums. Here we have sultry, mature vocals to compliment an equally sultry and mature song. With the help of “Just A Little Bit of Your Heart” collaborator and Carolina Liar member Johan Carlsson (he’s Swedish) as well as “Same Old Love” scribe Ross Golan, the mini temptress creates a sensual, climactic atmosphere not unlike ZAYN‘s “PILLOWTALK” or The Weeknd‘s “Earned It.” There’s Prince-esque guitars wrapped around huge stomping beats to a 6/8 rhythm, and huge vocals towering like a cumulus cloud. No doubt those vocals are going to translate well into a live set, which we’ll get soon enough this weekend.
“Dangerous Woman,” along with unreleased track “Be Alright,” will be performed on Saturday Night Live, and we can’t wait to see whatever the songstress has in store next. Maybe a sensational video?
Now more than ever, the focus is on Ariana Grande.
“Dangerous Woman” was released on March 11th, 2016 (iTunes)
“Dangerous Woman” was released on March 10, 2016 (iTunes)