Thank U, Next album review

Thank U, Next album review

Charlie Seel, Sports editor


On February 8, 2019, Ariana Grande released her fifth studio album titled ‘Thank U, Next’. This album comes shortly after her release of ‘Sweetener’ in August of 2018; Grande began working on ‘thank u, next’ in October. The twelve track album, tells the internal emotions of Grande, regarding her feelings towards her most recent breakup with comedian Pete Davidson, and the death of her ex, rapper Mac Miller.

The well known title track, ‘thank u, next’ clearly expresses Grande’s appreciation towards her exes, and how they have impacted her life. Grande tries to be as sincere as possible, and seems to be hopeful about the next person that will come into her life. In the music video, Grande references scenes from movies such as Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, Bring it On, and 13 Going on 30. Throughout this song, Grande brought speculation to another upcoming release.

Throughout the entire album, Grande maintains an emotional theme, with not only the lyrics but the beats. Sounds of wind instruments, strings, and piano can be heard, and play a huge role in the feel of the songs. Grande, once again, experiments with many R&B sounds. The album can be interpreted as more of a personal release rather than ‘radio appeal’. It has even been mentioned that the song “ghostin’ sampled the beginning of the Mac Miller song “2009”.

Grande recently became the first artist, since The Beatles in 1964, to obtain the top three spots in the Billboard Hot 100 at one time. Grande achieved this with songs off the album, “7 rings”, “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored”, and “thank u, next”. This album has proved to be a monumental step towards her ever-growing career; Grande even won her first grammy with her previous album, ‘Sweetener’, in early 2019.