If Sweetener was a taste of Ariana at her peak, then thank u, next is Ariana dominating the world and leaving a trail of single ladies in her path of empowerment. And that’s exactly what she warned us about.
While the single thank, u next has been an anthem since its release, the album balances itself out by having some heartfelt records mixed in with upbeat bangers that make you want to pop some champagne (or wine, vodka, tequila – whatever your choice of drink is) and have a girls night.
My personal favourite is in my head. It’s a bop, but you can’t help and relate to the pain. Every girl knows all too well about falling for someone, getting too caught up in your head and realising later that they turned out to be someone different to who you thought they were. Needy also hits the heartstrings with the violin production and the fact that all any of us want is to feel needed by someone.
But ghostin is the song that’s guaranteed to start the waterworks. The references to both Pete and Mac are noticeable, which makes it the most heart wrenching song on the album. With hauntingly beautiful lyrics, you get taken to a place where you feel exactly what she felt during that period in her life.
Though I wish he were here instead
Don’t want that living in your head
He just comes to visit me
When I’m dreaming every now and then (And then)
Dance anthems like bloodline and NASA balance the rest of the album out. Bloodline is definitely the song you listen to when you want to feel like a bad bitch and leave him on read. See case in point below:
No, we won’t be talking the next day
I ain’t got nothin’ to say (Yeah, nah)
I ain’t lookin’ for my one true love
Yeah, that ship sailed away
Have you ever had someone tell you that they need more space and you’re like what are you an astronaut? (credit to Such a Boy by Astrid S). Well, NASA follows the same concept and you can’t help but dance along to the catchy lyrics. Who would’ve thought that needing space could be as simple as a four letter word?
But there’s a reason why break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored is the last song on the album. It’s definitely the most controversial song on there and Twitter is all over it.
I think most people are missing the point of the message which fits the thank u, next theme well. In the music video, Ariana kisses a clone of herself which symbolises breaking up with her boyfriend so that she can spend time with herself and be alone.
Overall, Ariana manages to make you cry and dance all in the space of 41 minutes and that’s what sets this album apart. She captures the lows that we can all relate to, while rising above it to give us hope that we’ll be okay, even if we experience a couple of heartbreaks along the way. After all, the resilience and strength that she has shown time and time again is inspiration that we can all use.