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Ariana Grande 'Dangerous Woman' Review: Sexy, Bold New Single Leads Album Release [LISTEN]

by Carolyn Menyes   Mar 11, 2016 10:45 AM EST

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Ariana Grande is out to prove that she's a "Dangerous Woman," and ahead of her new album, she's doing that with a sultry, slow-burning new single.

After plenty of teasing, Grande released "Dangerous Woman" on Friday, and proved that she's continuing to come in to her own as a pop artist. After copying the '90s R&B greats on her debut album Yours Truly and playing into modern pop trends on its follow-up My Everything, the lead single from her third studio album Dangerous Woman blends those two trends together for a final product that finally feels like a real Ariana Grande sound.

It's 6/8 time signature adds a bit of a waltz flavor, channeling the old school Ariana that fans first fell in love with. But a sultry, distorted guitar line and Grande's passionate, soaring vocals add a sense of texture and modernity that makes "Dangerous Woman" feel as powerful as the title.

Though this roaring rock-influenced ballad channels the danger in its title, the lyrics are, in some ways, its downfall. Grande has teased her album title and this track as her feminist manifesto of sorts, but in the lyrics what makes her feel dangerous? A bad boy. It's a familiar Grande trope (she's sung about bad boys in "Baby I," "Bang Bang," "Right There" and more). And while Grande truly owns her sexuality in this song, it could be nice for her to feel dangerous and domineering on her own.

"Dangerous Woman" is the new single from Ariana Grande's new album of the same name (which was previously titled Moonlight). According to the album's iTunes page, it's expected for release on May 20. She's previously released the single "Focus," though it's unclear whether or not the October 2015 single is set to appear on the final cut of Dangerous Woman.

Grande is set to debut "Dangerous Woman" and another new track "Be Alright" this weekend (March 12) as she pulls double duty on Saturday Night Live.

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