Turgid. Plodding. Answer: What Is the New Ariana Grande Song?

After a week of hints, Ariana Grande finally dropped her new single, “Dangerous Woman.” It’s underwhelming.

Besides Grande’s voice, one of the main things throughout the song is a squalling guitar. That in itself isn’t bad. However, it feels dated. It feels like this is a song that should be played during the end credits of some superhero movie. I can see Slash being brought in during concerts to wail away on his Les Paul.

“Dangerous Woman” seems to be referring to Grande coming into her own and transforming into a mature woman, asserting herself to the world. At least in the beginning. The songs starts off:

Don’t need permission
Made my decision to test my limits
‘Cause it’s my business
(God as my witness)
Start what I finished
Don’t need no hold up
Taking control of this kind of moment
I’m locked and loaded
Completely focused (my mind is open)

Immediately the first line is Grande owning her own decisions and asserting her power. The lyrics show control. “Don’t need permission”, “my decision”, “my business”, “taking control.”

The rest of the song goes into how some dude (or perhaps dudette) makes Grande “wanna do things that I [she] shouldn’t.” The rest of the song isn’t really about control, but about feeling funny in her crotch.

I’m pretty sure the A&R execs wanted to position Grande as a woman who’s all grown up and unveil her as more than just a teeny bopper. Too bad that A) this song doesn’t do that ’cause it kinda lags and B) Grande is a spoiled little child brat whose own two feet can’t touch the ground.

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