Ariana Grande’s “God Is A Woman” Is A Sexually Liberated Bop
Ariana Grande promised to deliver something special for her fans on the 20th of every month leading up to the release of her new album, Sweetener. This month she had plans to drop the project’s second single, “God Is A Woman.” Heralded as a highlight on the collection (and a favorite of her grandma’s), anticipation was high for the release to arrive. And fans are in luck because the generous pop princess decided to unveil it today (July 13). The anthem sees her reuniting with Swede-pop masterminds Max Martin and Ilya Salmanzadeh. They helped her craft her critically acclaimed “Into You” and current single “No Tears Left To Cry.” Of the two, her latest reminds me more of the former. A simmering midtempo, it sees her drop some self-assured lines and embrace her femininity in the most glorious of ways.
“You, you love it how I move you. You love it how I touch you, my one. When all is said and done you’ll believe God is a woman,” she coos on the opening lines. The beat picks up as Ari moves into the chorus. Incorporating a hip-hop edge, her voice gets progressively breathier. Although the single is obviously a sexy banger, it also includes a resilient message. In the face of critics, she defiantly takes a stand. “And I can be all the things you told me not to be. When you try to come for me, I keep on flourishing. And he sees the universe when I’m in company.”
It will be interesting to see how the track performs on the charts. The LP’s lead single has done exceptionally well. It soared into the Top 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and shows remarkable staying power. Meanwhile, the hitmaker’s Nicki Minaj-assisted buzz track “The Light Is Coming” was met with tepid reviews when it dropped last month. The duo’s “Bed” (off Nicki’s Queen) has had a bit more luck. At the time of publication it is sitting in the lower quarter of the chart. I’m also holding out hopes that she and Troye Sivan will do big things with “Dance To This.” The slow-burning bop is easily the best duet Ari has released this year and deserves more love.
With any luck, “God Is A Woman” will soon join “No Tears Left To Cry” in the top 20. It is definitely deserving of the honor. Keep an eye peeled for a video to drop in the near future. Based on the sensual cover photo (where her body was painted by artist Alexa Meade), it looks like we can expect a visual masterpiece. Give the track a listen below!