Taking a Position on “Positions”

A quarantine album and single by Ariana Grande


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“Positions” is the sixth consecutive album released by Ariana Grande.

Brianna Nusom, Staff Writer

Ariana Grande is a singer, songwriter, actress, Grammy award winner and nominee.  She is best known for her four octave range and her role as Cat Valentine on Nickelodeon’s “Victorious” and “Sam and Cat.”

Grande released an album and single called “Positions” on October 23. This is the highly anticipated sixth album of Grande, which her fans refer to as “AG6.” The single was released exactly one week before the entire album on October 29. 

“Positions” has a 14 song tracklist featuring Doja Cat, The Weekend, and Ty Dolla $ign. 

As a fan of Grande, I really enjoyed her two previous albums “thank u, next” and “Sweetener.” The thing that I enjoy most about listening to Grande is that most of her music doesn’t sound the same and different songs can hold a different meaning to each individual who listens. 

When I was watching the live countdown for the single’s release, I didn’t have a doubt that the album was going to be really well put together. She takes into consideration what her fans expect and turns that expectation into her own version.

The visuals of the “Positions” music video are very timely. It takes place in Washington D.C. at the White House, where Grande is the president of the United States. Joan Grande, Ariana’s mom, is also featured in the music video. I thought that the video of her in the White House was perfect timing for the presidential election that occurred on November 3.

However, after listening to everything, I started thinking that the album is not as iconic as her previous albums. “Sweetener” was a very emotional album, while “thank u, next” was about her moving on from previous relationships, as well as her reflection on those relationships. I thought all of the songs were really good, but it just reminded me of other pop albums that are out there. 

Even though it wasn’t that long ago that she released music such as “Rain On Me” and “Stuck with U,” I knew for a fact that the album wasn’t going to feel rushed at all. 

The “Positions” song wasn’t really my favorite. It’s one of the more vulgar, as well as some of the other songs on the album that are vulgar. This album is definitely directed towards the mature audience of listeners. However, looking past the lyrics and the implication of mature themes, I only enjoy listening to the actual song and beat. 

My favorite songs on the album include “shut up,” “my hair,” and “pov.” These were the only songs that really stick out in my mind and that I remember easily. The other songs were good, but they just sound really similar to one another and her previous work.

I was really disappointed that the album was only 48 minutes long. Meaning that each song is about 2:30 minutes or shorter, but I am happy with what she gave us in the short time span. 

Some of the songs are not my all time favorites that I will listen to 24/7, but I can tolerate them. I really enjoy listening to Ariana Grande and the music that she releases. I think that she knows what she’s doing and knows how to make everyone happy, but the majority of the songs are not my favorite.