ARIANA GRANDE: MY EVERYTHING ALBUM REVIEW
By: Zamaswazi Mdhluli
“This is the time when I break free,” Ariana Grande claims on her second album, ‘My Everything.’
The 21 year old pop singer shows that she’s shedding the Disney image, as she takes it to another level with this album.
On her previous album, ‘Yours Truly,’ she worked with Baby Face to re-create the feel of the ‘90s. In this album she does the exact opposite.
Grande takes a step into the future and works with contemporary producers to create a contagious sound which is a mixture of dancehall,love songs and a teenage girl’s dream album.
The album has a lot of potential hit songs; my favourite is ‘One Last Time’. This song sets the tone for the rest of the album. She sings about wanting one last chance from a boy, who she failed while they were in a relationship. What makes the song stand out is the incredible beats, which one can’t help but dance to.
‘Break Free’ is another great song- it feels like the song bird has found her way and now she’s letting everyone know that she’s not that little Disney girl anymore. ‘Break Free’ will be the summer anthem for all those party animals out there.
In ‘My Everything,’ it’s hard to deny Grande’s love for Mariah Carey and this is evident also in her track titled ‘Why Try.’ The singer imitates her idol on this song and shows that her vocal ability is not far from Mrs Cannon’s.
Grande also has ballads for all those heartbroken girls to listen to. She has the ability to connect with her listener through her music.
The album features a number of artists, namely her new boyfriend Big Sean, Childish Gambino, Zedd and Iggy Azelea, just to name a few.
However, most of the collaborations don’t sound great. In ‘Best Mistake’ featuring Big Sean, it sounds like the song was recorded just for the sake of recording. It lacks creativity and it does not quite fit in with the rest of the album.
Although most of the album is centred on new love and breaking free, Grande proves that she’s all grown up now and that she’s her own person. Her fans won’t be disappointed at all and will fall in love with ‘My Everything’.
The downside of this album is that the songs are too different from each other. Most should not have made the album. She should’ve have chosen a theme and stuck to it.