INTROSPECTIVE: Ariana Grande’s “God Is A Woman”

Since her breakout career in 2013, Ariana Grande has executed an almost too perfect pop prototype. While her R&B-esque hits have garnered her notoriety, a great list of features from Zedd to Nicki Minaj, and widespread admiration (at least it feels like that) – there’s a dark side to her fame and that is her homogenized style. Grande’s sound and image has been a little too safe and there hasn’t been an act from the pop princess to cement her individuality, until “God Is A Woman.” The single from her forthcoming album “Sweetener,” possesses rebellious, powerful lyricism without losing Grande’s underbelly of sexual insinuations. The fifth track enters with a soft, stirring guitar croon, which quickly doubletracks into a trap flavored pop tune. While Grande’s vocals are always impressive, they stand separate from the melody for the hit and don’t seem forced. By the time you get to the end of the track, “God is a woman”- which is repeated constantly, is an affirmation and statement that Ariana Grande is entering a new era for herself.

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