Pop’s latest pint-sized princess Ariana Grande has treated fans to her second studio album ‘My Everything.’ Fresh from her debut VMA performance, the former Nickelodeon star dropped the LP on August 25th to a swarm of patiently waiting fans. Thankfully, no one was left disappointed as ‘My Everything’ is a solid second album. Following on from the success of her cutesy ‘Yours Truly’ that was released just twelve months ago, Grande has created a collection of music that hears her navigate into more grown up territory. Like many before her, (see Britney, Christina and Miley) Ariana is trying to shake off her teenage years and step up to take a seat at the adult table.
The biggest and best tracks on ‘My Everything’ have already been released as singles with the Iggy Azalea and Big Sean assisted ‘Problem’ and the EDM filled ‘Break Free’ standing out as some of her best work to date. They’re not the only standout moments here though, ‘One Last Time’ bridges the pop/dance gap and sets the tone for the rest of the album as Ariana relies more on sophisticated beats and relaxed vocals to get her point across. My personal favourite track comes in the form of ‘Best Mistake.’ It’s her second collaboration with rumoured boyfriend Big Sean and even though most critics are calling it lacklustre and unnecessary I think it’s a piece of greatness. The pair have obvious chemistry and the laid back, alt R&B sound of the song suits Grande perfectly. It’s a beautiful track and is completely underrated and overlooked when it comes to this album.
Of course, there are a few misses on ‘My Everything’ and they lie in the collaborations. There seems to be one too many features here with the likes of Childish Gambino, A$AP Ferg and Cashmere Cat joining in. While The Weeknd assisted ‘Love Me Harder’ is actually a lot better than you’d think, it’s the A$AP Ferg track ‘Hands On Me’ that provides the biggest let down. Ariana is trying to sound sexy and it just doesn’t work yet. Maybe it’s a third album track.
It’s not all about the features or laid back R&B style. There are some major ballads on here that show off Grande’s vocal talent and warrant all of those Mariah and Christina comparisons. Listen to the Harry Styles penned ‘Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart’ or the epic Ryan Tedder created ‘Why Try,’ the perfect cross between Beyoncé’s ‘Halo’ and ‘XO,’ and you’ll understand why this girl has become so successful.
The second album is always a difficult thing to get right but Ariana Grande has made her way carefully and successfully down that road. Even though there are a few wrong turns in her journey it’s clear that she’s just trying to find her way into more mature territory without alienating any of her younger fans and ‘My Everything’ is an overall fantastic effort at doing just that. There’s a whole lot more to come from Ariana Grande and if this album is anything to go by we can’t wait to hear what’s next!