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THANK YOU, NEXT: ALBUM REVIEW


SOUL MATESSSSS HOW WE FEEELINNNNNNN??!!

Wow ok so honestly so much has happened these last couple of months since you last heard from us. Guys how are you?? We here at NSR have so many exciting

things coming up soon and we're so hype we can't wait to reveal what we've been working on.

HOWEVER, there is a huge matter that needs to be spoken about: ARIANA GRANDE'S NEWEST ALBUM 'THANK YOU, NEXT' !!

At 12 AM on the dot, Ms. Grande dropped her most anticipated album 'Thank you, next' based off of one of her hit singles released a couple of months prior to the albums release. Now let's be honest, sis has really transformed since her last album 'Sweetner' (the sound, vibes and over all look). From having to deal with the sudden and unfortunate death of ex-boyfriend and rapper Mac Miller, to breaking off her engagement with comedian Pete Davidson. Not to mention the suicide bombing that occurred after her 'Dangerous Woman' concert in Manchester back in 2017. Heart breaks and tribulations were a constant for the famous pop-singer throughout 2018. YET she has come out better than ever, with three hit singles ('Thank you, next', 7 Rings' & 'Imagine') and an album that shows off her girl power to the max.

Let's assess:

****SONGS INCLUDED IN THE ALBUM****

1. Imagine 7. Make Up

2. Needy 8. Ghostin'

3. NASA 9. In my head

4. Bloodline 10. 7 Rings

5. Fake Smile 11. Thank you, next

6. Bad Idea 12. Break up with your girlfriend, I'm bored

First off, having listened to this album about 100 times since last night has really had me thinking about what the whole project means, and I think I figured it out: Her Diary.

Now let me explain myself . . . Songs like Imagine, Ghostin', Thank you Next and Needy all have moments where Ariana Grande showcases her vulnerabilities: her desires, her fears, her sorrows and regrets. I believe that the song that gave it all away was #8 on the list, Ghostin'. BASICALLY, she's written an open letter of sorts to the two men she loves, Mac Miller and Pete Davidson. Lyrics like "Baby, you do it so well // You been so understanding, you been so good // And I'm puttin' you through more than one ever should // And I'm hating myself 'cause you don't want to // Admit that it hurts you" is totally a shout out to Pete Davidson and how he handled things after Mac Miller passed away. Of course, watching the girl you love cry over the death of a man she loved (and still loves) has to be one of the most painful things. Other sections like her chorus where she sings "I know that it breaks your heart when I cry again // Over him, mmh // I know that it breaks your heart when I cry again // 'Stead of ghostin' him". She's being honest, admitting that she couldn't stop thinking about him, couldn't stop herself from loving him, and probably would never be able to stop dreaming of him: Mac Miller. Ghostin' has to be one of the most saddest pieces in this project. It reveals the battles that have been going on in her mind and heart. Trust me when I say that this one will stick with us for a pretty long time (GET YOUR TISSUES READY!!)

Fake Smile (#5) is such a relatable song for the every day life vibes (wow gonna have that on repeat all day every day)!! This seemed to be like the type of diary entry that came about on a day where she got so sick of pretending to be ok for the sake of everyone else, she kinda broke a little. "I can't fake another smile // Can't fake like I'm alright" is like a big neon sign saying Hellooooo??? I'm going through some shit and imma cry and scream cause thats what I need right now !!!! YES!! Ariana Grande just . . . Yes. We feel you little mama and this is the kind of tune we needed to hear.

(Also her very last song Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored HAS to be one of the funniest songs to me? Only because it's so out there and very open with the fact that she's trying to take someone else's man AND DOES NOT CARE. Shook.)

Being open and vulnerable, especially when people can be so judgmental and cruel, has to be one of the scariest things in this world. As human beings, we depend on outlets like music, art and dancing to express how we're feeling in the moment. The type of bravery it takes to release a project like 'Thank you, next' is so appreciated. ARIANA GIRL WE APPRECIATE YOU!! And we thank you for giving us a peak into your diary of thoughts.

With love,

Natural Soul Rhythm

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