Album review: Ariana Grande, ‘My Everything’

Amy Pham, Print Managing Editor

She’s got one less problem without you, and you, and you, because she’s been racking up sales since the release of her second studio album,”My Everything” on Aug. 22. Ariana Grande is back with her familiar luscious vocals and R&B-influenced poppish beats, but also tests the waters by experimenting with EDM.

  • “Love Me Harder[‘s]” eyebrow-raising, sensual lyrics combined with the refreshing voice of the Weeknd makes for a successful and passionate-sounding duet.
  • “One Last Time” speaks of a girl clinging onto her past lover, desperate to “be the one who takes [him] home” one last time, and “[promises] after that, [she’ll] let [him] go.” Grande’s voice reeks of emotion, giving potentially cliché-sounding lyrics more depth.
  • “Hands On Me” proves to be the least successful collaboration on the track list, due to ASAP Ferg’s additions sounding irrelevant. Grande’s speaking verses are cringe-worthy, and even the sing-songy chorus can’t manage to save the rest of the song.
  • “Just A Little Bit of Your Heart” might find its true potential as a church hymn with its dragging tempo and unrecognizable melody.
  • “Best Mistake[‘s]” highlights include the quivering piano background, overlapping beat and breathtaking chorus.
  • “Break Your Heart Right Back” is a funky tune that tells of wanting revenge on a gay ex-boyfriend. Its bouncy beats and notable instrumentals poke fun at someone “running ‘round town telling everybody “my baby loves me” and feeling embarrassed at learning the truth.
  • Powerhouse vocals? Check. Saxophone? Check. Whispering? Check! “Problem” had all the components necessary to be a summer hit. An overplayed summer hit, but for good reason.
  • “Why Try[’s]” title says it all. Lackluster and unmemorable.
  • “Be My Baby” is a prime example of how electronic influences, courtesy of DJ Cashmere Cat, should be incorporated into catchy R&B songs. The clapping beat in the background must be the song praising itself. Well done, Cat.
  • “Break Free” is dull at first listen, but its EDM-styled beat proves to be addictive eventually.
  • “Only 1[’s]” impressive vocal runs could send shivers down the spines of anyone, and though the chorus is repetitive, it’s justified and ear-pleasing.
  • The title track “My Everything” reigns above the other ballads in the album, though it still lacks in the interest department.
  • “You Don’t Know Me[’s]” sassy lyrics, fingersnapping, and in-your-face beats show how Grande “doesn’t need to live by your rules.”