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Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” – Review

Ariana Grande’s third studio album, Dangerous Woman, released on May 20, 2016. Dangerous Woman has a few guest appearances by Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Macy Gray, and Future.

Prior to the album’s release there were 2, technically 3, lead singles. “Focus”, which released on October 30, 2015, was the original lead single for this album, however it was only included as a bonus track on the Japanese edition!

The actual lead single of this album was appropriately titled, “Dangerous Woman” which released on March 11, 2016. This song showed a dangerously sexy side of Grande that further proved she is way past the Nickelodeon days!

Side note: Grande’s third album was originally supposed to be called, Moonlight but decided that because “Dangerous Woman” was a more empowering and stronger track than “Moonlight” that it would be a better lead single and title for the album, and I completely agree.

The second single from this album was “Into You” which released on May 6, 2016. But don’t think Grande left us waiting that long for a second single, in the meantime she also released two promotional singles from the album, “Be Alright” and her collab with Lil Wayne, “Let Me Love You.”

With the release of Dangerous Woman, Ariana Grande shows that she is not going anywhere and that she is, in fact, a grown, dangerous(?) woman because, yes, there is an explicit and a clean version of the album! Honestly, just buy the explicit version, Ariana’s voice makes even the worst curse word sound like it’s a compliment, truly. This album showed off that she can pretty much do anything, with the soulful songs, to sexy and mysterious, to even a reggae-like track featuring Nicki Minaj.

Letter grade? Probably an B simply because the original single “Focus” is only on the Japanese edition, because I truly loved that song!

If you haven’t already check out the album, and if you need convincing that she is an amazing singer, check out this video of her singing “Dangerous Woman” A Capella status.

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Dangerous Woman Tracklist

1. Moonlight

“Cause I never knew, I never knew
You could have moonlight in your hands
‘Til the night I held you”

2. Dangerous Woman

“Somethin’ ’bout you makes me feel like a dangerous woman
Somethin’ ’bout, somethin’ ’bout, somethin’ ’bout you
Makes me wanna do things that I shouldn’t
Somethin’ ’bout, somethin’ ’bout, somethin’ ’bout”

3. Be Alright

“Baby, don’t you know
All them tears gon’ come and go
Baby, you just gotta make up your mind
That every little thing is gonna be alright”

4. Into You

“This could take some time, hey
I made too many mistakes
Better get this right, right, baby”

5. Side to Side (feat. Nicki Minaj)

“Baby what’s it gonna hurt if they don’t know?
Makin’ everybody think that we solo
Just as long as you know you got me (you got me)
And boy I got ya”

6. Let Me Love You (feat. Lil Wayne)

“And if it feels right, promise I don’t mind
And if it feels right, promise I’ll stay here all night
Just let me lo-o-o-o-o-o-o-love you, you”

7. Greedy

“Baby, you got lucky cause you’re rocking with the best
And I’m greedy”

8. Leave Me Lonely (feat. Macy Gray)

“Is it love when so easily said goodbye?
Is it love when we’ve given up before we tried?
Is it love when you stole my peace of mind?
Is it love when you cry, cry and cry?”

9. Everyday (feat. Future)

“Anytime I’m alone, I can’t help thinking about you
All I want, all I need, honestly, it’s just me and you”

10. Sometimes

“I ain’t even think of leaving sometimes
I ain’t even think of letting go
I ain’t ever thought of going nowhere
I don’t even see it down the road
Cause we’re collectin’ moments”

11. I Don’t Care

“I used to let some people tell me how to live and what to be
But if I can’t be me, then what’s the point? No…
I don’t care about it anymore, oh”

12. Bad Decisions

“We got that Bonnie and Clyde love
They say it’s wrong, but
That’s the way you turn me on”

13. Touch It

“Remind me why we’re taking a break
It’s obviously insane
Cause we both know what we want
So why don’t we fall in love?
Baby let’s be in love”

14. Knew Better/Forever Boy

“But you showed me what it means to be happy ever after
In love forever
And you gave me the key to all your love and all your pleasure
Boy, I’m a treasure”

15. Thinking About You

“Oh, I don’t have you here with me
But at least I have the memory
I tried to make it through the night
But I can’t control my mind
I’m just thinkin’ bout you”

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Marissa Ramirez
Marissa Ramirez
College student who loves binge watching shows on Netflix, and The Voice. Follow my life on Instagram: Marissarami_

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