Ariana Grande - "Thank U, Next" (the album)

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album has leaked and... it's only ok?

sean gramophone, Thursday, 7 February 2019 19:29 (ten months ago) link

it's good, more consistent than Sweetener. I'm in love with "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored."

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 February 2019 19:30 (ten months ago) link

I've been waiting for someone to write what I've long thought.

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 February 2019 19:30 (ten months ago) link

Can't wait to hear it... (unfortunately, I may not get a chance to really dive in until early next week).

i stan corrected (morrisp), Thursday, 7 February 2019 20:58 (ten months ago) link

As opppsed to my teen daughter, I've been enjoying her latest singles.

nathom, Thursday, 7 February 2019 21:42 (ten months ago) link

I'm seeing a few ways to read that sentence

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 7 February 2019 22:14 (ten months ago) link

AG just fired off a nice series of tweets regarding the Grammys brouhaha.

i stan corrected (morrisp), Thursday, 7 February 2019 22:16 (ten months ago) link

i liked those tweets too. it's the sort of thing that reminds me that hey, these silly awards ceremonies won't be around forever and may in fact collapse under their own self-importance far earlier than we think

dyl, Friday, 8 February 2019 02:54 (ten months ago) link

Another in a long series of hella cheezy videos... (the song's a banger, tho)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH4Y1ZUUx2g

i stan corrected (morrisp), Friday, 8 February 2019 05:19 (ten months ago) link

(sounds a little like something from Reputation, in a few spots)

i stan corrected (morrisp), Friday, 8 February 2019 05:22 (ten months ago) link

Previewing the album now... "Needy" is pure AG/Brown/Monét/Parx greatness!

i stan corrected (morrisp), Friday, 8 February 2019 05:27 (ten months ago) link

"NASA" is perfect, damn

i stan corrected (morrisp), Friday, 8 February 2019 05:30 (ten months ago) link

"Bloodline" swings

i stan corrected (morrisp), Friday, 8 February 2019 05:33 (ten months ago) link

(Her songs never sound anything like I expect them to, based on the titles alone... guess that's a somewhat trivial observation.)

i stan corrected (morrisp), Friday, 8 February 2019 05:35 (ten months ago) link

"Fake Smile" is excellent... I don't recognize any of the other credited songwriters on this track? (two of them are via the sample that kicks it off; Wendy Rene's "After Laughter (Comes Tears)")

i stan corrected (morrisp), Friday, 8 February 2019 05:39 (ten months ago) link

"Bad Idea" = very Max/Savan/Ilya. Their traxx tend not to feel as "personal" to AG and her style as the ones she records w/Tommy et al., but they do tend to be effective bangers.

i stan corrected (morrisp), Friday, 8 February 2019 05:42 (ten months ago) link

(...cool outro, too)

i stan corrected (morrisp), Friday, 8 February 2019 05:42 (ten months ago) link

Luv "Make Up"... another light, swinging, tropical-feeling groove (damn, it's over already?)

i stan corrected (morrisp), Friday, 8 February 2019 05:45 (ten months ago) link

This album feels, in the best possible way, like it was written & recorded quickly -- from inspiration to studio to wax, with little time for second-guessing or "overworking."

i stan corrected (morrisp), Friday, 8 February 2019 05:48 (ten months ago) link

"Ghostin" is dreamy

i stan corrected (morrisp), Friday, 8 February 2019 05:49 (ten months ago) link

Apparently this is dude whose vocal snippet kicks off "In My Head": https://www.bustle.com/p/who-is-doug-middlebrook-ariana-grandes-best-friend-has-been-by-her-side-for-years-photos-15519590

i stan corrected (morrisp), Friday, 8 February 2019 05:51 (ten months ago) link

(I, too, have been described in the press as "An Instagram influencer and Grande's best friend.")

i stan corrected (morrisp), Friday, 8 February 2019 05:52 (ten months ago) link

(skipping the next few traxx which I've already heard 100 times...) that brings us back to "BUWYG,IB"

i stan corrected (morrisp), Friday, 8 February 2019 05:56 (ten months ago) link

great stuff, man

i stan corrected (morrisp), Friday, 8 February 2019 05:56 (ten months ago) link

yuh yuh

i stan corrected (morrisp), Friday, 8 February 2019 05:56 (ten months ago) link

apart from the dreadful "7 rings" this album is very very solid and might be her best front-to-back even if it doesn't reach the same highs as dangerous woman. the sequencing is a bit odd though, the last few tracks are a very strange closing sequence

ufo, Friday, 8 February 2019 07:13 (ten months ago) link

I have only listened to half of it so far.
"NASA" and "Fake Smile" stand out (although the use of the same sample as the Wu Tang's "Tears" on fake smile is disturbing).

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 8 February 2019 09:16 (ten months ago) link

"ghostin" is a classic. took my breath away

monotony, Friday, 8 February 2019 10:36 (ten months ago) link

i love the weird rhythms in "make up"

ufo, Friday, 8 February 2019 10:56 (ten months ago) link

"Fake Smile" kicks off with the same sample as Tearz by Wu-Tang from their first album, which gives it this double-take moment at the beginning, where you think maybe your shuffle kicked in.
Great track otherwise -- the sample works well behind the chorus.

enochroot, Friday, 8 February 2019 12:21 (ten months ago) link

Oops, looks like someone already made that same observation a few hours ago :)

enochroot, Friday, 8 February 2019 12:22 (ten months ago) link

the sequencing is a bit odd though, the last few tracks are a very strange closing sequence

Agreed... wonder if it would feel the same way if two of those songs hadn’t already been released(?)

Either way, they clearly made a deliberate move (whether “successfully” or not) to not do the expected thing there.

yuh yuh (morrisp), Friday, 8 February 2019 14:33 (ten months ago) link

(Has there ever been an album that sequences the first three singles as the final three tracks??)

yuh yuh (morrisp), Friday, 8 February 2019 14:45 (ten months ago) link

wasn’t feeling this on first pass :/

||||||||, Friday, 8 February 2019 17:31 (ten months ago) link

same

marcos smart (Spottie), Friday, 8 February 2019 17:35 (ten months ago) link

i think it’s funny. i liked the idea of ending a more honest n vulnerable project and with like a punchline. https://t.co/eH2XYA35qR

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 8, 2019

yuh yuh (morrisp), Friday, 8 February 2019 19:24 (ten months ago) link

not a good punchline. Gonna spin the whole thing now tho.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 8 February 2019 19:50 (ten months ago) link

Wonder who this shade is directed at?

The entire process of creating this album was incredible & when it came down to business things were handled more than fair. So much in fact that we gave credit to people who didn’t even write the songs ..instead of being a sour grape you should’ve said thank u.... next.

— TAYLA PARX (@TAYLAPARX) February 8, 2019

yuh yuh (morrisp), Friday, 8 February 2019 21:01 (ten months ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dy6Q4jZWwAM0-mb.jpg

piscesx, Friday, 8 February 2019 22:17 (ten months ago) link

Ah, thx

yuh yuh (morrisp), Friday, 8 February 2019 22:41 (ten months ago) link

Very good listen, this album.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 8 February 2019 23:44 (ten months ago) link

not sure how i feel about the whole thing but "bad idea" is the shit

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Saturday, 9 February 2019 02:07 (ten months ago) link

"Bad Idea" = very Max/Savan/Ilya

lol i continue to love the exact same ariana grande banger over and over again

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Saturday, 9 February 2019 02:08 (ten months ago) link

in addition to reminding me of all the good songs on dangerous woman it reminds me of early rihanna

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Saturday, 9 February 2019 02:12 (ten months ago) link

"ghostin" is gorgeous

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Saturday, 9 February 2019 02:16 (ten months ago) link

f*ck a fake smile

yuh yuh (morrisp), Saturday, 9 February 2019 07:09 (ten months ago) link

heard "break up with your boyfriend, i'm bored" via its video. i'd say it's an ample demonstration of the pitfalls of writing an entire song around an eye-catching title. haven't listened to the rest yet.

dyl, Saturday, 9 February 2019 15:41 (ten months ago) link

dyl, I think you will be pleased

yuh yuh (morrisp), Saturday, 9 February 2019 16:24 (ten months ago) link

Weirdly the hyped already-leaked/released songs are the least interesting; Needy, NASA, Fake Smile And Ghostin are all fantastic.

When was the last time 2 amazing pop albums were released so close together by the same artist?

piscesx, Saturday, 9 February 2019 17:24 (ten months ago) link

"When was the last time 2 amazing pop albums were released so close together by the same artist?"

Answer to that is 2017. Charli XCX POP 1 and POP 2

aguzman1990, Saturday, 9 February 2019 19:17 (ten months ago) link

Some of the best proof that she can cut it live, and *how* is this from Ellen, she almost falls off the chair and utters a panicked 'OHMYGOD!' before regaining composure, carrying on, getting a fit of the giggles, calming down, then occasionally giggling some more every time she catches sight of one of her dancers, then they all float up the staircase.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX_vx_s6Gr0

piscesx, Tuesday, 3 September 2019 18:47 (three months ago) link

That reminds me I have watched a youtube video about AG hitting a specific note in one song with clips from ALL the dates of the tour... it's like +10min of the same moment of one song on every night of the tour... I don't know how and why I went through that but that was actually quite hypnotic (and an evidence that she sings for real on tour !).

AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 4 September 2019 10:52 (three months ago) link

It was this !
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8Lm-J9BA_U

AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 4 September 2019 10:55 (three months ago) link

F5 G5 F5
G5 F5

One more cup of yogurt for the road (morrisp), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 20:22 (three months ago) link

Btw, I have a ticket to the final (added) show of the tour, at the Forum on Dec. 22. That will be two Ariana Grande shows in one year!

#YABASIC (morrisp), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 20:28 (three months ago) link

It’s no “Bang Bang,” but it’s a good jam:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leopt__ATR0

#YABASIC (morrisp), Friday, 13 September 2019 05:09 (three months ago) link

Don’t know where Wikipedia got this info, I can’t find it anywhere else, but:

Songwriter(s)
Alma-Sofia Miettinen
Savan Kotecha
Miley Cyrus
Lana Del Rey
Max Martin
Ariana Grande
Ilya Salmanzadeh

Producer(s)
Ilya
Max Martin

#YABASIC (morrisp), Friday, 13 September 2019 05:14 (three months ago) link

the credits on tidal match that

dyl, Friday, 13 September 2019 06:45 (three months ago) link

Well, this is... not good (and far from "Independant Women").
Disappointing. Funny though how the song changes totally and turns into a LDR song during her part !

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 13 September 2019 11:27 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Nice vocal by AG on this new recording of an (oft-covered) classic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gJLWMM0-YU

#YABASIC (morrisp), Friday, 27 September 2019 18:26 (two months ago) link

I've never fully loved that song but this version makes me almost as happy as my daughter is gonna be when she hears it <3

Dominc Coombesings (Noodle Vague), Friday, 27 September 2019 19:18 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

On the heels of the Chenoweth collab (too early for Xmas tunes?):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWqDwdY0VAg

drunk on hot toddies (morrisp), Friday, 18 October 2019 18:30 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

I picked up the Charlie’s Angels soundtrack... it won’t change yr life, but there are a few nice cuts.

dracula et son fils (morrisp), Saturday, 2 November 2019 01:28 (one month ago) link

Good attitude, IMO...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EEhJLRTUwAEDmbR?format=jpg&name=large

dracula et son fils (morrisp), Monday, 4 November 2019 00:47 (one month ago) link

I don't care about charts or medias whatsoever but this is simply not very good, imo (talking about her contribution to the soundtrack only, I haven't listened to the rest).

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 4 November 2019 10:11 (one month ago) link

She’s on 5 of the tracks (and as I said, they won’t change yr life... I’m a completist, tho)

jeanie bueller energy (morrisp), Monday, 4 November 2019 17:17 (one month ago) link

(The “Boyfriend” CD single that I ordered on Aug. 2 just shipped today :p)

jeanie bueller energy (morrisp), Monday, 4 November 2019 17:24 (one month ago) link

Yeah, I was talking about her 5 tracks, all of them pretty meh imo which is disappointing since I was looking forward to new material from her (but she's been on fire - and on tour - for a while, up until "Boyfriend", so that's cool !).

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 10:00 (one month ago) link

I think “How I Look on You” is a good song; it could have fit on Thank U, Next

jeanie bueller energy (morrisp), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 17:39 (one month ago) link

(I also like how its opening chords brush against the Star Wars "Imperial March," lol)

jeanie bueller energy (morrisp), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 18:00 (one month ago) link


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