“I feel empowered,” says freshman Jensen Wall on Ariana Grande’s most recent album, “Positions.” Released on Oct. 30, the album follows Grande’s budding relationship with Dalton Gomez, whom she met while trying to find a home in the Los Angeles area. The album immediately shot to popular charts, almost as fast as the Tik Tok trends were being created. It’s a wonderful set of songs that showcases her vocal range and skill, but it does not seem to have anything to distinguish it from any other album written by a pop artist.
One of the most popular TikTok trends inspired by the album featured influencers recreating the iconic scene from the “Positions’” music video during the line, “Boy, I’m tryna meet your mama on a Sunday / Then make a lotta love on a Monday (ah),” and the “Cookin’ in the kitchen and I’m in the bedroom.” The viral trend recreates the transition from the original music video where the camera moves in a circle, disappearing and reappearing in another scene. Soon, the videos were popping up on everyone’s “For You” page.
Ariana Grande has been making music since her first album, “Yours Truly,” came out in 2013. She started accumulating fans on Nickelodeon, where she acted on the iconic “Victorious” and “Sam and Cat” and continues to attract a wide range of fans. Grande’s music ranges from R&B, to soul, to trap, with vocals suited for any type of music in between. “Positions” is no exception, as it features a vocal quality better than any other album Grande has put out. The album already has two songs at the top two spots on Rolling Stone’s Top 100 chart with her songs “Positions” and “34+35.”
The opening track, “shut up,” accurately sets the stage for the vocal range and skill depicted throughout Grande’s album, with beautiful melodies and harmonies that showcase her sonic ability. Her next song, “34+35,” is filled with runs and catchy lyrics, which explains its position at the top of charts. The next few songs seem to meld together, even with their iconic features with Doja Cat, The Weeknd and Ty Dolla $ign. Instead of using their distinctive voices and various genres, Grande assimilated their voices to her own style, causing them to lose their distinctive characteristics.
For instance, “Nasty” showcases her amazing ability to hit whistle notes, but it still sounds the same as the songs before it. However, “positions,” the third-to-last track on the album, deserves its spot as the most popular song on the album. The song beautifully fits her voice and it is the most distinct song on her album.
Clocking in at 41 minutes and fourteen seconds, “Positions” features beautiful vocals and tunes that are well worth the listen; however, a good portion of the songs seem to meld into each other, making one cohesive melody that loses a lot of potential.