What English-language pop on Patrick’s blog? This is unheard of! Where did you put the real Patrick? Has he been abducted by aliens for insemination? I guess those thoughts, or similar went running panic-stricken through your minds. Don’t worry, it’s still me. I decided to review an album that I think you die-hard cuties will really enjoy listening to (not you in-betweeneers!).
BTW I’m going to be posting a lot more, maybe once a day even (okay, let’s not make promises we can’t keep Patrick!).
Unlike many of her Disney and Nickelodeon contemporaries, I see an iridescently bright future in store for Ariana Grande. If you don’t have any clue who this girl is, then you’re seriously missing out because she’s arguably one of the most talented performers of her generation. Having started out performing The Star Spangled Banner on an ice-skating rink and sharpening her chops on Broadway, she found fame playing ditzy, lovable, Cat Valentine on teen-sitcom Victorious! Despite being part of the supporting cast, Grande managed to garner a sizable tween fan-base; in large due to her genuinely-sweet portrayal of Cat, but also due to her amazing pair of lungs. While not receiving many chances to showcase her impressive vocal range and whistle register (more on these later), it was only a matter of time before her full potential was realised.
Look at those pronounced dimples and that adorable mouth! Sometimes Ariana looks like Cheryl Cole (best looking celebrity IMO).
Fast forward past a bubblegum-pop release in 2011, to March this year, when The Way reared its beautiful head. Nothing like Grande’s first foray into pop music, The Way was a breath of fresh air to an otherwise stagnant music industry. The Nineties-throwback style, the Mariah Carey delivery, and the bouncy-ball piano beat made a perfect package, ever so fitting for the summer. From the moment I heard the breathy introduction, I knew this was going to be a hit! Thankfully it didn’t disappoint. Making a cannon-ball splash in America, it managed to squeeze into the Billboard Top 10, moving thousands of singles in the process. That is an incredible feat for someone fresh off a tween-oriented sitcom, it took Selena Gomez a lot longer to hit the big time. Not only did it sell handsomely but Grande proved that her voice was the real deal, putting the smoke-and-mirrors rumors to rest by performing throughout the USA. I have to admit, the first time I heard this song I did have my doubts over how much of the recorded voice was actually hers. Firstly, I didn’t think a teen-idol could ever possess a strong enough voice to hit whistle tones and secondly, having never watched a Victorious episode she was a completely new face to me and thus, I was dubious about her authenticity. Thankfully, I found that my doubts were unsubstantiated, when I watched her live performance on Ellen.
It’s safe to say, that I smashed this song for months on end, and to this day I still love it to pieces. Why do I love it so much? Well being a Nineties child, I enjoy the nostalgia the song brings to the table, and quite frankly it’s as catchy as a swearword that I will refrain from putting in this article. Honestly, the hook is amazing and the rap is memorable and easy to sing along to, I think this is a strong contender for ‘Song of the Year’. However, I shouldn’t be too hasty with that proclamation because Grande’s two other singles from Yours Truly, are just as eargasm inducing. Amazingly, she has managed to pull off the Nineties pastiche again without sounding trite and repetitive.