Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman”: Listen To Her Gritty Noir Single

It happens with every Ariana Grande album: Despite the displeasing public persona of the singer herself, she manages to squeeze out a pretty decent song or two that forces us to overlook the individual behind the voice. (Think “Baby I,” “Break Free,” etc., and forget that “Focus” ever happened.) “Dangerous Woman” might wind up being one such track. It’s a smoldering, slow-jam slink through sexy villainess territory; the Robert Rodriguez/Selma Hayek movie theme song for a film that never was.

Of course, there’s the undeniable tempo/genre/melody lift from The Weeknd‘s “Earned It” at play here. In fact, you could play the two songs back-to-back and one might seem like the opposing viewpoint to the other.

At any rate, “Dangerous Woman,” the title track from Grande’s forthcoming third album of the same name (out May 20), is a rarity in 2016: It’s a pop song with guitars — and an actual guitar solo! For that alone, this is one walk of danger worth taking.

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