Ariana Grande
My Everything


3.5
great

Review

by Dashnavar USER (9 Reviews)
August 25th, 2014 | 17 replies


Release Date: 08/25/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Minimal growing pains.

After the release of 2013’s Yours Truly, one thing was for certain: Ariana Grande can sing. Her mini-Mariah vocals complemented classic R&B arrangements and orchestral instrumentation to perfection, resulting in a surprise treat for both her Nickelodeon following and pop music fanatics. However, tacked on the end of this album was a sign of what was to come. Lush orchestral ballad turned electro-pop banger "Better Left Unsaid" hinted at forays into new directions, with more experimental pop confections and bangers.

Come one year later, and it is definitely clear that Grande has been experimenting. Sax loops, power ballads, bangers, and trap beats are all present on the mixed bag that is My Everything. Much like Rihanna’s 2010 album, Loud, the remarkable diversity that is featured over the course of 40 minutes has its hit and misses, and lacks a certain cohesion, but it is an impressive piece of work that represents an artist fulfilling her potential and coming out of her safe zone.

Take the excellent lead single, "Problem," for example. Grande uses her vocals to her advantage, creating a blissful build-up towards a massive chorus, with a bass drop, smooth whispers, and a simple, yet effective saxophone hook. The smooth, delicate R&B arrangement of "Love Me Harder" is greatly accentuated by the soft voices of both The Weeknd and Grande, with her melismatic cooing stealing the show. "Hands On Me," with its early 2000’s beat, is nothing if not fun, and proves that she can also work well in racier territory.

In essence, the only weak material here comes when the production fails Grande’s voice. She tries her hardest to make the most of her songs, but nothing could save the lacklustre writing of "One Last Time." The song ignores the use of Grande’s greatest weapon: her range. It simply doesn’t reach the peaks of the far superior club banger "Break Free." "Break Your Heart Right Back" also falls short, because the production seems unfinished in contrast to the campy melody that Grande works with spectacularly in a sing-song style. While still a strong selection, the lack of a backbone or legitimate percussion line makes what could have been a potential summer anthem sound slightly undercooked.

Of course, the old Ariana still finds her chance to shine through. Ballads like "My Everything," "Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart," and "Why Try" are gorgeous. Placed intelligently between some of the heavier songs, the ballads serve as a reminder of what brought her here in the first place by showcasing that signature voice. However, that isn’t the only ability through which she can be recognized anymore. By making such a diverse album with many great selections, My Everything successfully expands on Grande’s artistry and solidifies her role as a pop chameleon.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Asdfp277
August 25th 2014


19464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

(dude use "" and italics, don't be lazy lol) agree with this review a lot tbh, including that thing about "Better Left Unsaid" and the feeling that this was gonna be more varied and hit-or-miss lol



but it's still a cool/fun album!

Dashnavar
August 25th 2014


78 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ahhhhh sorry about that. Haven't posted a review in a while so I totally forgot! and thanks

Asdfp277
August 25th 2014


19464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sweet dude, also sweet album damn

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
August 25th 2014


4455 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

not feeling this album tbh :/

another
August 25th 2014


55 Comments


God damn what I would do to her,but good album

VaxXi
August 25th 2014


4392 Comments


Didn't she just release an album last year

jefflebowski
August 25th 2014


8573 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

competent

well sung

generic as fuck

another
August 25th 2014


55 Comments


Haaarrdd hot as hell

Electric City
Emeritus
August 25th 2014


15762 Comments

Album Rating: 2.2

real bad

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
August 25th 2014


14991 Comments


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/63966/Ariana-Grande-My-Everything/frown.gif

Pestiferous
August 25th 2014


1375 Comments


5/5

she fought aliens in that one video

SPRFanOf5H
August 25th 2014


831 Comments


Holy shitt she was horrible at the VMAS on Break Free, she wasn't great vocally.

Damnn I was gonna review this first but what the fuck, gonna do it anyways.

Tyrael
August 25th 2014


21113 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ariana why do you do this to me

trackbytrackreviews
August 25th 2014


3376 Comments


This is even worse than Yours Truly

trackbytrackreviews
August 25th 2014


3376 Comments


You like BVB you can like everything

Asdfp277
August 25th 2014


19464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

just listen to her music it's not that hard to get into

Hovse
August 25th 2014


2703 Comments


lol



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