Yours Truly introduced us to Ariana's voice (it's quintessential Ariana), My Everything saw Ariana stake out her pop ambitions (it's filled with hits), Dangerous Woman was where Ariana made pop on her own terms ('Dangerous Woman' as a lead single was inspired) and Sweetener saw her return to R&B alongside tailor made moments ('no tears left to cry' is a masterpiece).
On Grande's seventh track, "make up", she sings about how fighting and making up are her favorite things in relationships.
'And then we got back together and so I had to make a different version of it.
Nonetheless, far from conveying bitterness or resentment, "Thank U, Next" is a attractive tribute to those who have poured into our lives and helped us grow on our own life journeys, even if in the end they weren't "the one" for us. But don't get me wrong-each song is greatly produced, mixed, and sung, and we clearly have Grande to thank for that flawless execution of vision.
"Do I still get paid for this?" he asks. But we all knew the first version was gonna be the version we ultimately went with ...
Just in case you thought you had Grande figured out as a needy girl, she offers up a completely changed message on "NASA", a song in which she explains that sometimes she needs her space. It is arguably the most emotionally raw song on the album, and draws you in to listen to candid lines like "though I wish that he were here instead / don't want that living in your head".
Even Grande wasn't sure if the wedding was going to happen.
Although very similar themes, Grande's "bloodline" is about wanting someone sexually who wants more from her than just that.
"A big and bold work, the studio album thank u, next continues to fill out the complex personality of Ariana Grande". It's insane to think about how art really does imitate life (and vice versa). And I spent a lot of time with each of those people, like, learning and sh*t.
Then came along Grande's second single to be included in the album: "7 Rings".
The song was "closure" for Grande and for her mom, Joan Grande.
To put it simply, Ariana Grande gives a damn about her fans. Each song seems crafted perfectly to fit her narrative, and the album feels like a journey into who she is, the pain she has faced, and the obstacles she is working to overcome. She thanks her fans, but she says she "won't say I'm feeling fine / After what I've been through I can't lie". This song is an ode to the grief she felt over his loss and how she felt guilty that she was still in love with him while engaged to Davidson.
It sounds like no matter how entertained and appreciative she is of her dedicated fans' initiative, she is not ready to just discard her previous song like that so her newest can take its spot.