Where do you go when you're 21, already a huge television success and on the cusp of claiming, for better or worse, the pop princess title? For Ariana Grande, you hit the club, and you hit it hard. In her sophomore smash, My Everything, the former Nickelodeon star went for the gold with a mix of what she already knew — pop with hip-hop samples — while pulling in a little something new while dabbling in club and dance tunes with collaborations from Zedd and David Guetta. The slick second album is destined to continue Grande's rise to the spotlight while continuing to help her broaden and mature her audience.
To a certain extent, there wasn't an insane amount of growth and Grande's follow-up to last year's Break Free. She continues to hit on that same perky-voiced pop and, just like last time, manages to stir in a few hip-hop flavors with cameos from Big Sean, A$AP Ferg and Childish Gambino. She even hints at her R&B love with a sample of Diana Ross on "Break Your Heart Right Back."
Where she really shines is on the more club-influenced tracks. Grande drops her voice from her usual perky squeaks and goes for a lower, more mature tone. All signs point to a possible dance success with Zedd-backed second single "Break Free." And her track with Guetta, "One Last Time," has "hit" written all over it.
As for the next single and next big hit, our bets are on "Just a Little Bit of Your Heart." The sweet tune shows an even breezier tone of Grande's voice. The fact that it's co-written by the one and only One Directioner Harry Styles is simply a bonus.
Once again, we're dazzled by Grande, even when we stumble over comprehending the fast-paced gibberish on "Problem." If she keeps on the road she's on, we're certain she'll outlast her contemporaries, and we can't wait to watch her grow and shine.
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