While Ari’s latex bunny mask on her record’s artwork could be best described as Happy Tree Friends meets 50 Shades of Grey, Dangerous Woman makes up for the gimmicky cover by giving us a performance that tops her last two albums Yours Truly (2012) and My Everything (2014). Although a predominantly pop album, Dangerous Woman also incorporates R&B influences throughout the record and is ultimately Grande coming to terms with her sound and her maturity as an artist.
Three long years has passed since badgal Riri released her last album Unapologetic in 2012. Following a slew of unrelated “releases” to fill the gaps in-between (none of which even made the cut), the pressure was on to make the comeback album that everyone had been waiting for—but was it really worth the wait?
At a glance, ANTI lacks the theme and shock value her previous albums had. It wasn’t studded with bubblegum pop hits like Good Girl Gone Bad, possessed the raunchy playfulness of Loud or the commercial marketability of Talk That Talk. However, Rihanna manages to stick to her roots and incorporate dancehall and the occasional patois, as she did with “Rude Boy” on her 2009 album Rated R—which is possibly one of the redeeming factors of ANTI.
Jessie J is truly one of the most talented artists from the United Kingdom. My curiosity about this woman started when I first saw the music video for “Do It Like a Dude”. This girl is fearless, unique and she can definitely sing! Her first single is one of the songs that you’d sing if you want to feel extra confident or have that ‘swag’ feel in an instant.
Later on, she released the worldwide hit ‘Price Tag’ and elevated her status from a newbie to a top-selling artist. When her prolonged debut album “Who You Are” was finally released, the fans went mental and sang her songs with passion. Some of the singles released include Nobody’s Perfect, Who’s Laughing Now, Who You Are, Domino and Laser Light.
Jessie J gained more followers after her exposure as a resident judge in The Voice UK. She may have this angsty image at first, but she was able to show the public how sweet and endearing she is in person.
Her sophomore album ‘ALIVE’ was released last September in the UK. Prior to the official launch, I got the chance to listen to some of the songs like Wild, Hero, Magnetic, Excuse My Rude and It’s My Party. The last song I mentioned is very special to me. In fact, it is one of the songs that I’ve memorized in 30 minutes! Too bad I still can’t reveal why… but soon you will know why 🙂