If you know us here at MP!, then you’ll know how much we love Ariana Grande and how excited we have been for her debut album to drop, and that day is today. Although ‘Yours Truly’ hasn’t officially been released in the UK, we’ve managed to get our hands on an advance copy and decided to review it for your reading pleasure (and so we can tease you a bit).
We’d already heard five of the album’s thirteen tracks – six if you count the Spanglish version of ‘The Way’ – and we’re hoping the remaining offerings would be as stellar as the singles and promo songs that have been fed to us since the release of ‘The Way’ back in March, and Ariana does not disappoint in the slightest.
The album opens with the stunning ‘Honeymoon Avenue’, a song that has become a favourite amongst fans since being performed on the album’s supporting tour The Listening Sessions. The song, which was co-written by Ariana herself, tells the story of a relationship coming to its end, and the partners trying to get back to the way they were. Maybe Jai Brooks was the inspiration behind it?
Next up on the album is the album’s second single ‘Baby I’ which, in our opinion, is one of the best pop tracks of the year so far. Track number three, ‘Right There’, features Big Sean and was released early when the album was available for pre-order. It channels 90s R’n’B sounds and is reminiscent of an early Mariah Carey – somebody who Ariana is endlessly compared to. That’s one amazing compliment, right?
‘Tattooed Heart’ slows down the pace of the album for a moment and showcases Ariana’s powerful Broadway-style voice. Punchy pop songs follow in the form of ‘Lovin’ It’ (one of our favourites), and ‘Piano’. In ‘Piano’, Ariana sings about writing a song to catch her love interest’s attention and, ironically, Ariana DID help write the song!
Halfway through the album and it’s time to slow down again with ‘Daydreamin’’ which, much like Ariana’s styling, is set in the 50s and features the noise of a crackling old record and dialogue from an old movie at the end. The album’s lead single and the song that launched Ariana Grande’s singing career worldwide is next and ‘The Way’ is just as exciting to listen to now as it was when we first heard it all those months ago. This is followed by ‘You’ll Never Know’ – a song that was previewed on Ariana’s supporting slot on Justin Bieber’s Believe Tour. Another highlight of the album, ‘You’ll Never Know’ was co-produced by Babyface who has previously worked on the soundtrack for The Bodyguard, showing just how well Ariana fits in with the early 90s era that her songs are usually tied to.
An extended version of Ariana’s duet with Nathan Sykes of The Wanted fame ‘Almost Is Never Enough’ from the The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack (which is another amazing album, by the way) gives us an extra 1 minute 58 seconds of dreamy pop collaboration heaven. Following it is ANOTHER Ariana duet, and this time featured vocals come from Mika, yeah, remember him? ‘Popular Song’ is a take on the Wicked classic and here’s a fun fact for you… the version of this song that features on Mika’s album doesn’t have Ariana’s vocals on it! So this is an exclusive only for those who buy ‘Yours Truly’. ‘Better Left Unsaid’ is the penultimate track on the record and is the only song on the album to follow EDM influences and, unfortunately, we don’t really think the genre suits her voice. The song is still absolute pop gem though and reminds us a little of Jedward’s Luminous (and we love that song!) The album finishes off with a new Spanglish version of hit single ‘The Way’ because, well, who doesn’t love a good foreign-pop sing-a-long?
‘Yours Truly’ certainly is one amazing album and we highly recommend that you all rush out to download it when it’s made available in the UK this Monday. But if you need a reminder of one of the amazeballs tracks that features on the album then we’ve kindly attached the music video lead single ‘The Way’ below: