'Positions' track-by-track review
"Positions" was a huge change from Ariana Grande’s previous albums. This album has a strong R&B sound to it along with being one of the most explicit albums she has ever released. This album radiates love, happiness, self-empowerment and owning your sexuality and I can’t get enough of it. "Positions" gives off such divine feminine energy that just fuels confidence. After listening to it on repeat nonstop for the past week, here’s what I have to say about it.
1. shut up – A song that just projects positive energy. It is the perfect song for the girls that are "thriving" after getting over a breakup.
2. 34 + 35 – I mean, I think we can put two and two together and figure out what this song is really about. Grande made sure to give us a song that gave us control of our sexuality and I am here for it.
3. motive – This song turned a confusing feeling into an upbeat song. Everyone has experienced a time when they loved the chase but wanted to find out if it's worth it.
"(Don't say) you want me if you can keep coming back for me."
4. just like magic – This song just radiates positivity. It talks about how projecting positivity will help make your life more positive. I think that is something all of us need to hear sometimes. Grande just made it into a catchy song to keep us reminded.
5. off the table – When I first heard this song, I automatically thought she wrote it about Mac Miller and her current boyfriend. This song is about the feeling of losing a loved one and not knowing if you’ll be able to love someone else again. The Weeknd joins in halfway taking the perspective of someone waiting for her even though they’ll never live up to the guy she lost. This song makes a lot of people emotionally vulnerable, and I think we need that.
“If I can’t have you, is love completely off the table?”
6. six-thirty – This song is a "are you my ride or die?" kind of song. It talks about driving each other crazy but simply wanting to know if your person is going to be there through thick and thin.
7. safety net – Now, this is the perfect song to explain the feeling of falling in love nowadays.
Falling in love is terrifying, but the best way to fall in love is without a "safety net."
“Don’t know if I should fight or flight, but I don’t mind.”
8. my hair - This song is the same kind of story that "34 + 35" is telling but a little less obvious. It’s such a positive and intriguing song. This song is all about the girl giving consent and taking control in the bedroom, which is not something we hear every day, but I’m so glad we are now.
9. nasty – I think the title of this song explains the explicit meaning that is behind it, but I also think this song radiates the feeling of falling for someone. It’s that song about where you’ve gotten to know someone you’re interested in and now you’re ready to take that next step to make the relationship a little more serious.
10. westside - This song definitely gives me that impulsive "don’t think just do" decision-making we so often have in relationships. If you’re experiencing a relationship that you know works so well because you "just go with the flow" rather than talk about it, this is the song for you.
"There's more love if you follow emotions."
11. love language – The best way I can describe this song is that it perfectly encapsulates that "honeymoon" stage of relationships. It's about the initial feeling you get when you start to realize how happy the person you’re seeing makes you.
12. positions – Since this song is the title track of her album, it does have some large standards to live up to, but it certainly does. It is simply a song about being so in love you would do anything for that person, and that just sets the tone for the entire album.
13. obvious – This song feels like a "love at first sight" kind of song. It reminds me of the feeling you get when you meet a person and you know you have an immediate connection with them.
14. pov – Insecurities can get the best of all of us sometimes. Past relationships can make us hesitant to accept love. That’s what this song is all about - being scared of falling for someone because they seem too good to be true. Also, just wanting to understand how someone can love you so unconditionally when you struggle with loving yourself.
“I’m getting used to receiving, still getting good at not leaving.”