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Review: Ariana Grande – Yours Truly (Album)

Read what we thought of Ariana Grande’s debut album HERE!

Artist: Ariana Grande

Release: Yours Truly

Release Date: Out Now

Ariana Grande, better known as Cat from Nickelodeon’s ‘Sam & Cat‘ has just released her debut album. But before you dismiss her as just another teen actress looking for a side project, hear me out – her voice is simply incredible.

The album begins with ‘Honeymoon Avenue‘, an angelic introduction with the use of romantic strings. Then comes ‘Baby I‘, Ariana’s second official single (with its video released just days ago). It has a catchy chorus and is the definition of bubblegum pop – sweet, catchy and full of fun.

Right There‘ features rapper Big Sean, who compliments Grande’s exceptional vocals perfectly and he keeps it reasonably clean. If Ariana’s fashion choices are anything to go by, you can tell this girl is influenced by the 50’s and ‘Tattooed Heart‘ encapsulates this perfectly. Sentimental and timeless, lyrics such as “I wanna say we’re going steady, like its 1954″, this beautifully sung track transports you to the era of diners and drive-in’s without being cheesy. ‘LovinIt‘ passes through relatively unnoticed, with the lyrics practically unrecognisable due to Grande’s impressed but almost inaudible falsetto.

Attention is regained in ‘Piano‘ with an edgy beat and lyrics that aren’t completely about being loved-up. ‘Daydreamin” slows the pace right down, with its sleepy back beat and wispy vocals it has a certain charm. Accompanied with (for a lack of a better word) sweet lyrics like “The way you make me feel inside / It’s in your smile / It’s in your eyes / I don’t want to wait for tonight.”, I can imagine it would be a hit with younger fans.

And then comes the song we all know and love, ‘The Way‘ featuring Mac Miller. As much as I want to refrain from the typical ‘young Mariah Carey’ references, the similarities are uncanny giving the impression that her vocal range has no boundaries. Miller adds a much-needed urban feel to the song, with it certainly being the most influential track on the album.

You’ll Never Know‘ is neither the best nor worst, with a strong pop/r’n’b backing vocal enhanced with horns and showcases Grande’s ability to execute perfect runs. And what would a pop album be without a dramatic ballad? ‘Almost Is Never Enough‘ features Ariana’s rumoured new beau Nathan Sykes (The Wanted) and is a beautiful duet that features on the soundtrack to this summer’s answer to Twilight – The Moral Instruments: City of Bones.

Popular‘ featuring Mika echoes the track of the same name from the award-winning musical Wicked. It’s probably the most adolescent song on the album in terms of lyrics and backing. However, overall its a lot of fun and will certainly lift spirits after that intense ballad.

Better Left Unsaid‘ is probably the most translatable in today’s music scene and a perfect end to the album, with a strong club influence it keeps to her modern pop style but amplifies it by 10 – it is by far my favourite track on the album.

Overall ‘Yours Truly‘ is an incredible debut album. The tracks blend together nicely and give the world a feel for what Ariana’s about. It’s fun, girly and leaves us totally envious of her talent – good job, Ariana!

9/10

Reviewer: Sophie Turner.

Watch the official video for Ariana‘s latest single ‘Baby I‘ below:

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