Timing is a very interesting thing and in this fast paced media world sometimes things can come across unintentionally negative, when they honestly came from a good place. And Ariana Grande’s surprise new single is one of those moments. ‘Thank You, Next’ was released in full spur of the moment after a clip from an upcoming episode of SNL showed her ex fiancé Pete Davidson making a joke about her. She directed a few tweets at him, deleted them and then dropped a song. This song details the lessons she has learnt, the mistakes she’s made in ex-relationships and explores how she fell in love with herself all over again. Lyrically it has a very empowering sentiment where she wants to take control of her own narrative and that’s a very impressive and exciting thing. However, the timing is a little off and can’t come across a bit opportunist when she’s trying to be honest and sincere.
“Thought I’d end up with Sean, but he wasn’t a match. Wrote some songs about Ricky, now I listen and laugh. Even almost got married and for Pete, I’m so thankful. Wish I could say thank you to Malcolm, cause he was an angel”.
Sonically the song sits in the same realm as her last album ‘Sweetener’ with a soulful alternative-pop delivery that is a little doo-woopy. It’s not bad, but it’s not groundbreaking. It’s a little rough around the edges and could’ve been polished up a bit more before release. This is also apparently the name of her fifth studio album which will be dropped later this year. So prepare for more slow jams.