Popping off with “Positions”

A review on pop star, Ariana Grande’s latest studio album “Positions”


Graphic credits: Gloria Greenfield


After dealing with the loss of her lover, a broken off engagement, and multiple boys here and there, the queen of pop, Ariana Grande, debuted her sixth studio album, “positions.” An album filled with new beats for the dance floor, like in her songs “motive” featuring rising rap star, Doja Cat, “obvious,” “love language” and “my hair.”  


On Oct. 23, Grande surprise-released her first single to start off the new era, which is the album title and track, “Positions.” That night, as millions of her fans streamed the tune on various platforms, she also dropped the corresponding music video. The lyrics focus on her telling her new significant other that she is changing her behaviors when it comes to love, that “It’s usually things she doesn’t do, but for {him} {she} kind of wants to” and that it is for the better. 


Her album shows the growth she needed to endure after a difficult few years, following a terrorist attack at her concert, and her battle with self-love through her anxiety. She attempted to fill that void with relationships, as The Weeknd says in their duet “off the table,” which tells the story of two lovers discussing what it is like to deal with guilt from a past relationship, and how to move forward with new ones. Lines “If you let me in I could give you what I couldn’t before/ I’ve got you girl, let me help you through it/ You’re trying to fill the void, with a couple of boys, I can see right through it” encapsulate the tone of the ballad, making it the song to put any listener in their “feelings.” Those that have followed the singer throughout her career for the last decade took note of some allusions to a song from her second album, featuring The Weeknd where they mention “loving harder” and “the hills.” The fan favorite off the album, which is also trending on the social media platform, TikTok, is the track, “pov.” With this song closing her album, she sings about how her new partner makes her feel a new kind of way, that she has not experienced before. The new love is so grand and beautiful, to the extent that she sings, “I want to love me, the way that you love me” and that she wants to see herself from his point of view. 


Not only has she brought to the table songs that either will make the listeners either want to fall in love all over again, or cry over past lovers, she sings about her love for herself, body confidence, and the mature, intimate aspects of her love life. In “Just Like Magic,” she elaborates on how she keeps “good karma, her aesthetic” and that she manifests the life that she wants for herself, and that she will cut out any negative “vibes” if need be, like in the opening track, “Shut Up.”


With some honorable mentions “safety net” and “westside”, as well as her more promiscuous songs, “34+35,” “nasty,” and “six-thirty,” the album remains number one on Billboard’s Top 100 for a second week in a row, and remains a global sensation.