SINGLE REVIEW: Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry
What a comeback! What a song! What a moment! Whatever Ariana Grande was going to release was always going to be heavily anticipated and criticised by critics and fans alike so it had to be perfect and unexpected and she’s delivered just that. “No Tears Left To Cry” is everything you wanted and never realised you needed. The song begins as a simple melodic ballad with a dreamy synth production that hears her serving strong and powerful vocals. At first your thoughts are like “okay here we go, she’s releasing a generic pop ballad as her comeback” but then 20 seconds in she drops this nostalgic 90’s beat that will have your jaw resting on the floor. It’s super fresh and nostalgic at the same time and will have you vibing instantly. Her vocal delivery changes back and forth between this melodic vocal delivery and this funky half talking and singing technique. Her vocal runs throughout the track are flawless and effortless and you truly can’t fault them. The production structure is quite different but it works so well. It could’ve come across quite disjointed with the different musical ideas that are included but instead it’s been polished and mastered so well that it is very effortless in the best way possible. The nostalgic vibes it creates are so fun and interesting because there is no other pop songs out there right now that sound anything like it. Lyrically she aims to empower with this self-lifting anthem that explores picking yourself up after you’ve reached rock bottom. “Right now I’m in a state of mind I wanna be in like all the time. Ain’t got no tears left to cry. So I’m pickin’ it up, pickin’ it up, I’m lovin’, I’m livin’, I’m pickin’ it up”. And she succeeds at doing that because this song will have you feeling a little bit emotional but also very empowered and strong after the first listen. This is the strongest pop release of 2018 so far and I’m very excited to hear just how she’s going to back this track up because it is a MONSTER hit.