Album Review: Positions by Ariana Grande (+ rankings)

Well it is here, the new and highly anticipated Positions album released by Ariana Grande.

Now I love me some Ariana, and honestly looking at it more and more, I am definitely a big fan. I do not think there is a song she has that I do not know by heart, which usually shows true fan status.

I was nervous at first for Positions. Honestly, Thank U, Next the album helped me get through some things in my life, and I will forever be grateful for that album. I have seen many of my favorite albums be followed up by some of my least enjoyed albums. For example, Beyoncé’s Lemonade was incredible, but her follow up album The Lion King: The Gift fell flat for me. As did J. Cole’s album 4 Your Eyez Only that came after one of my favorites of all time, 2014 Forest Hills Drive. It has happened before, and I was terrified it would happen with this album.

Thankfully, we did not have that issue this time around.

Positions is a beautiful album filled with heart, soul, and rawness. I certain type of raw emotion we have never seen from her. At times, it is nasty (in a good way of course); at other times, it tugs at your heartstrings, with many fun and strong melodies mixed in.

Today, we are going to go track by track and dive deep into this album, and I’ll even post a full track ranking at the end. Let us get into the review.


Track 1: shut up

Okay, so first track we start off in an interesting way…

She starts off with a song addressing people who just spend way too much time worrying about her and what she’s doing. She even addresses her past issues like the bombing in Europe, Mac Miller’s death, and her former engagement by saying a few simple words:

All them demons helped me see shit differently
So don’t be sad for me

If I had to be honest, this is one of the least powerful intro’s to one of her albums. I would say it’s the weakest. I am not a fan of the chorus, I think the lyrics are a little half assed, but I do love the orchestra in the background.

Track 2: 34+35

This is definitely what I meant by nasty earlier, and I mean NASTY. And I love it. I love that this is the direction her music is going in. She is an adult woman, and I think she has always wanted to make this kind of music, but been hesitant too.

I think the chorus is the best part of this song hands down.

Can you stay up all night?
Fuck me ’til the daylight
Thirty-four, thirty-five (Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)

I mean it’s nasty, but it’s lovely and sounds amazing.

Track 3: Motive (Feat. Doja Cat)

Unpopular Opinion, but not a fan of this one like everyone else seems to be! (Spoiler Alert: I really don’t like any of the featured tracks). I think Doja Cat ruins the song. If it was just Ariana for this one, it would be a big difference in my ranking.

Track 4: just like magic

LOVE this track! I think it is so fun, so positive and gives me all of those confident vibes. Two amazing lyrics in this song:

Take my pen and write some love letters to Heaven

And of course…

Just like magic (Baby), just like magic (Oh yeah)
Middle finger to my thumb and then I snap it
Just like magic (Yeah), I’m attractive (Oh yeah)
I get everything I want ’cause I attract it (Oh)

The chorus is perfect and amazing and ugh. Just YES!

Track 5: off the table (Feat. The Weeknd)

Not feeling this one. Definitely not a fan, and I get people wanted another The Weeknd collab but I’m just not… not feeling it.

Track 6: six thirty

Beautiful. Gorgeous. Real and raw again.  It is so catchy, but I really love it. The chorus is a little off, I feel like it could have been stronger, but the lyrics are amazing. Her voice is cute and light, but still packs that strong powerful tone she normally has.

Track 7: safety net (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign)

This song is definitely growing on me, and probably the best song with a feature on it if I have to be totally honest. I do like Ty Dolla $ign, but I think the song falls a little flat.

Track 8: My Hair

I think the worst song on this album is this song. And it’s sad because I get it, people love it. I get the song, its fun and flirty.. but I am not a fan.

Track 9: nasty

Wooooooof! This SONG! Guys, this is as nasty as it gets but things song slaps so hard!! She went so hard on this song, and she knew what she was doing when she released a snippet of this on her Instagram a few weeks back. I love the chorus so much, and that WHISTLE IN THE BEGINNING. It’s a different sound she’s never touched before, and I am LOVING it.

Don’t wanna wait on it
Tonight, I wanna get nasty (Yeah, yeah)
What you waitin’ for? (What you waitin’ for?)
What you waitin’ for?

Track 10: west side

So this album is very weird with the fact that the first half is actually pretty slow, and the second half is full of bops. Starting at nasty and going all the way down it is just bop after bop! West Side is no different. A lot of people on tik tok have been ranking this kind of low, but I really love listening to this song. It gets me in my feelings, makes me feel confident, sexy.. everything a song like this is supposed to sound like. This song is underrated.

I’m gonna make you want more (More)
I’m gonna be your new favorite
Tell ’em you closing the door

I am the only for sure

Track 11: love language

This song has definitely grown on me since it was released. It’s very funky, which is a very new sound for her. It is not her normal sound, and im definitely starting to feel it more and more. Very upbeat, even with her breath-like singing.

Track 12: positions

The single. The song that started this whole album. Definitely deserved to be the single. Is it the best song on the album? Absolutely not. Is it good and deserves a good position? Absolutely yes.

Track 13: obvious

A beautiful track. Very light and sweet, but a song to listen to when you’re in love. Her vocals are amazing in this, and it’s very catchy. Definitely a yes!

[Pre-Chorus]
Others that I’ve had had to impress me before
But I knew you were the real thing
When you walked through the door
I didn’t think that I would have to spell it out

[Chorus]
Don’t put the bands, put the bands on me
Oh, my love, oh, my love is free
Ain’t no price on my loyalty
No shit, got me right where you want me, baby
Could I be more obvious? (Ooh)
Hard to think when I’m under you
Tell you all of my dirty truths
No shit, got me right where you want me, baby
Could I be more obvious?

Track 14: pov

The song. This song right here. God it puts a tear in my eye everytime I think about it or talk about it. This is the song that beats all other songs. It is absolutely gorgeous, raw, emotional and perfect in every single way. This is the raw Ariana I had been wanting to see, and she gave it to us. It’s a beautiful song with a beautiful melody, beautiful lyrics… if you’re going to listen to one song from this album, please god let it be this one. It is absolutely wonderful.

It’s like you got superpowers
Turn my minutes into hours
You got more than 20/20, babe
Made of glass, the way you see through me

[Chorus]
I wanna love me (Ooh)
The way that you love me (Ooh)
Ooh, for all of my pretty and all of my ugly too
I’d love to see me from your point of view
I wanna trust me (Trust me)
The way that you trust me (Trust me)
Ooh, ’cause nobody ever loved me like you do
I’d love to see me from your point of view

Well that is my track by track break down, but what is my official ranking? This took some time, but I think as of now my ranking is as follows:

  1. pov
  2. west side
  3. nasty
  4. just like magic
  5. six thirty
  6. obvious
  7. 34+35
  8. positions
  9. safety net
  10. love language
  11. shut up
  12. motive
  13. my hair
  14. off the table

Have you guys heard the album yet? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments! Until next time!

Ali

Albums That Have Gotten Me Through Tough Times

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to just share some music that have really helped me through some tough times in my life, and I’m sure by me sharing it it can also help someone else. I know these times are hard, and I know this isn’t a bookish post as normal, but I am so happy being able to post things that may help people during this time.

Let’s get onto the post!

Thank U, Next – Ariana Grande

thank u, next by Ariana Grande on Apple Music

Spotify

Apple Music

Favorite Tracks:

  1. NASA
  2. Fake Smile
  3. Needy
  4. In My Head

SweetSexySavage – Kehlani

SweetSexySavage (Deluxe) by Kehlani on iTunes

Apple Music

Spotify

Favorite Tracks:

  1. Advice
  2. Personal
  3. Piece of Mind
  4. Keep On

Ctrl – SZA

Ctrl (SZA album) - Wikipedia

Spotify

Apple Music

Favorite Tracks:

  1. Go Gina
  2. Garden (Say It Like Dat)
  3. Broken Clocks
  4. The Weekend

Sweetener – Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande - Sweetener - Amazon.com Music

Spotify

Apple Music

Favorite Tracks:

  1. Goodnight N Go
  2. Everytime
  3. Breathin
  4. Get Well Soon

2014 Forest Hills Drive – J. Cole

2014 Forest Hills Drive - Wikipedia

Spotify

Apple Music

Favorite Tracks:

  1. G.O.M.D.
  2. No Role Modelz
  3. January 28th
  4. Apparently

1 – The Beatles

The Beatles - The Beatles 1 - Amazon.com Music

Spotify

Apple Music

Favorite Tracks:

  1. Let It Be
  2. Hey Jude
  3. All You Need Is Love
  4. Something
  5. Yesterday

Songs You Know By Heart: Greatest Hits – The Beatles

Jimmy Buffett - Songs You Know by Heart : Jimmy Buffett's Greatest ...

Spotify

Apple Music

Favorite Tracks:

  1. Son of a Son of a Sailor
  2. Changes In Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
  3. Margaritaville

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November Wrap-Up

Hello everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed their lovely Thanksgiving yesterday and are hopefully out there making some nice purchases on Black Friday!

We are going to be doing this month’s wrap up a little differently, and start off with movies. I did not read a ton of books this month, but Disney+ came out, and that meant for me A LOT of movie watching. Feel free to share what you guys saw/listened to/read this month in the comments, or leave links to your blog posts.

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs

The Rescuers

Monsters Inc.

Cowbelles

Dan In Real Life

Avengers: Endgame

The Lady and The Tramp (classic)

Alice In Wonderland (classic)

You Know Wassup – Kehlani

Life’s Too Short – Tinashe

Feelings – Tinashe

True Love – Ariana Grande

Josh and Hazel’s Guide To Not Dating – Christina Lauren

Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

Black Canary: Ignite – Meg Cabot

Black Canary: Ignite

Supernova (Renegades #3) – Marissa Meyer

Supernova (Renegades, #3)

The Sun Is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star

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April 2019 Wrap-Up

Wow guys! April is coming to an end! This is crazy I cannot believe how quickly the year is going by. I got a lot done this month and this month I actually did keep track of books, music, AND movies! I have had everything super organized in preparation for this month’s wrap-up, so let’s take a look at what I was able to read, listen to, and watch this month of April.


Almost Impossible – Nicole Williams ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Until Friday Night – Abbi Glines ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Under the Lights – Abbi Glines ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Sea Prayer – Khaled Hosseini ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Small Displays of Chaos – Breanna Fischer ⭐⭐⭐/5

Kiss Me In Paris – Catherine Rider ⭐⭐⭐/5

As She Fades – Abbi Glines ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Undead Girl Gang – Lily Anderson ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Monopoly – Ariana Grande & Victoria Monet

Again. Ariana Grande taking over another month of my life this 2019 lol.

I Been On (Live Edition) – Beyonce

Okay, so I couldn’t find the live edition on youtube, but man oh man.. I’m really into this song.

Sorry (Original Demo) – Beyonce

AGH! I love the Lemonade album, and now that it’s finally streaming on Apple Music, I was super hyped to listen to it all over again. But, Bey gave us a little something extra to celebrate the album’s 3 year anniversary, and this is what she gave us. I’m in love. I love this version wayyyyyy more than the original. The beat is so simple, it blows my mind lol. Just, check it out. I love it so much.

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The Perfect Date (2019) – Netflix

I mean.. it was okay. Not amazing or anything special, just oookay.

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Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce (2019) – Netflix

just.. yes. watch this as soon as you can.


Okay guys, time for you to let me know what you guys have been up to in the comments! How has your month of April been?

March 2019 Wrap-Up

Hello all my book friends! I know it’s a little early for a March wrap up, but I am sooo done with March at this point. I had a terrible reading month, but finally I can feel a decent reading mood coming on to the nice weather, so I decided to just go ahead and call it a loss this month. I am ready to get back to reading in April, so that’s a good sign for this upcoming month.

*Reviews are linked for each book*

Puddin – Julie Murphy ⭐/5

Nothing really knew music wise this month, but I did go to the Ariana Grande Sweetener Tour! She opened up in my home city and it was an absolutely amazing concert. So, after that concert, I have been listening to mainly Ariana Grande nonstop.

Other than Ariana Grande, here are some songs I have been listening to that aren’t necessarily new, but I have been listening to on repeat.

Demons – Imagine Dragons (Night Visions)

Natural – Imagine Dragons (Origins)

Butterfly – Kehlani (While We Wait)

Talk – Khalid (Talk-Single)

And A LOT.. of Ariana Grande lol.

Again, not a lot of movies this month actually. I only went to the movies a few times, this month I want to catch up on some YA movies I haven’t watched yet like Five Feet Apart, The Hate U Give… movies like that.

I went to go see Isn’t It Romantic with my brother’s girlfriend this month, and although I don’t care for romantic comedies, it was pretty funny. Rebel Wilson is growing on me as an actress and I thought she was great in this. And of course, Liam Hemsworth was in it. So I had to see it lol.

February Wrap-Up

Hello everyone and Happy Thursday! Today we are finally getting to my February wrap-up and wow, has it been a busy month. I started off this month with Harry Potter in mind, but life got the best of me and I was not able to complete my challenge, but I am very happy with how far I got and I will definitely be continuing the series in the near future. There is a lot to get through, so let’s get into it.

So I read plenty of books this month, probably one of the best reading months I have ever had. I read a total of 9 books this month! That is just so crazy for me, I really pushed myself to read and I did it. The books I read are listed here below:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling- 5/5

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab- 3/5

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling – 4/5

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena- 4/5

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish- 3/5

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling- 5/5

Animal Farm by George Orwell- 3/5

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling- 4/5

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid- 5/5

So this month in music was super exciting, a few new songs and albums came out, so they are all listed here below:

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While We Wait – Kehlani (a)

Please Me – Bruno Mars & Cardi B (s)

Swan Song – Dua Lipa (s)

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Thank U, Next – Ariana Grande (a)

I didn’t watch too many movies this month, which seems to be the case for just about every month, but the movies I watched this month were:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Alita: Battle Angel

So that’s pretty much it for this month, how was your guys reading month? Have you listened to that AMAZING Ariana Grande album? And Kehlani’s?? Let me know below!