A review of Ariana Grande’s new album, “Positions”

Heather McKay, Staff Writer

Prior to releasing her sixth studio album “Positions” Ariana Grande teased the release on Instagram by telling her fans, “love u so much i am so so grateful and excited. can’t stop cryin.” This album displays the growth of Grande’s pop singing career as she has made a phenomenal  R&B album. 

Grande’s incredible vocals and personal maturity make the album substantial. Her latest fourteen-song collection includes collaborations with The Weeknd, Ty Dolla $ign, and Doja Cat. Grande and Ty Dolla $ign’s harmonizing at the end of their song called “safety net” added a pleasant twist on the song. 

Grande’s album opens up with the song titled “shut up.” She talks about her previous friendships that were toxic and how she has gotten over them. Other fans might also enjoy listening to Grande’s signature whistle note at the end of “my hair,” and again at the beginning of “nasty.” Another popular song on her album is “just like magic.” Grande talks about her belief in manifesting and attracting her goals. Each of her songs set a different tone from the rest and they all showcase her incredible vocals and catchy lyrics.

Grande’s last album, 2019’s “thank u, next” was a darker album produced in the aftermath of the death of Mac Miller, one of her ex-boyfriends. However, “Positions” is much more upbeat and happy compared to her last album. Grande’s happiness that she portrayed in her new album was well deserved and fans are glad to see her in a much brighter mood. Her positive change of tone from her previous album made a lasting impression. 

Grande not only released “positions” in 2020, but has also contributed to two other collaborative singles. Back in late May, her and Lady Gaga worked together to put out the song, “Rain On Me,” which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 100 and won multiple awards at the MTV Video Music Awards. She also released another single with Justin Beiber in May. “Stuck With U,” released during the first few months of quarantine, honored the first responders working during the pandemic. Beiber and Grande’s duet also received the Best Music Video From Home Award at the VMAs.

After a very successful and busy year for Grande, she has been able to cap it off with an enjoyable album.