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Being an Ariana Grande fan for a while, the sexy lyrics in her music are nothing new. If you haven’t listened to much of Grande’s music, the lyrics on her sixth album, “Positions,” may make your jaw drop a bit. There’s literally a song titled “34+35.” You can do the math for that one.

The album features three artists: Doja Cat, The Weeknd and Ty Dolla $ign. Grande’s collaboration with Doja Cat on “motive” has an upbeat club sound that is guaranteed to make you dance along with the music. Although Doja Cat only raps in the third verse, I liked seeing her collaboration with a singer as talented as Grande. 

When I first listened to Grande’s song with Ty Dolla $ign, “safety net,” it was instantly one of my favorites. Grande doesn’t shy away from showing vulnerability in her music, and this track is packed with emotions. She sings about being nervous to share how she feels with her new lover, while Ty Dolla $ign joins her in the second verse. 

“I’ve never been this scared before / Feelings I just can’t ignore / Don’t know if I should fight or fly / But I don’t mind,” she sings. 

Track eight, “my hair,” is one of the album’s more laid-back tracks. In this song, Grande expresses how she wants to let her hair down to get intimate. This track has a calmer beat, which reminded me of Amy Winehouse’s music. I enjoyed seeing these similarities, especially because I love listening to both of these women. 

My favorite track is “love language.” The song starts with a violin riff, which I thought was an interesting way to begin the track because most of her music doesn’t begin with an instrumental. Grande sings about trying to fix the communication in her relationship over the upbeat violin. The catchy song includes a clever innuendo in the bridge that makes the song even better. 

“Baby, pardon my French, but could you speak in tongues? / Never lost in translation ‘cause you know what I want, boy / Treat it just like Givenchy (Givenchy), it’s expensive to taste / Ain’t no need to remind ya, it’s AG in your face,” Grande sings. 

The album closes with a beautiful ballad titled “pov.” This song feels dreamlike with Grande’s soft vocals accompanied by some pretty harmonies in the background. Grande sings about wanting to see herself through her lover’s eyes, no matter what flaws they may see in her. I love when Grande sings ballads because it’s always amazing to hear her vocals dominate in these calmer tracks. 

Although I loved Grande’s previous work on “thank u, next,” this album is going to stay one of my favorites for a while. We got to hear Grande thriving and happy in “Positions,” and I’m excited to continue listening to it. 

Rating: 9/10