Ariana makes "retro" work because she packs the ideas together so densely that you can't help but be overwhelmed by the sugary onrush of hooks. There's so little time to savor any kind of nostalgic effect, because you're too busy being whisked from a honking saxophone to little mini-Mariah vocal runs over tumbling Rich Harrison drums and horn stabs to a breakdown to the whispered chorus to another saxophone breakdown to a guest rap—is Iggy the 2014 Ya Kid K?—to a third breakdown at the bridge before the skronky sax returns. It's got to pack a punch because the punch is the point, and there aren't a ton of ideas beyond it. It's not "Talk Dirty" level, but it's definitely enough to help propel Iggy into superstardom and give Ariana another shot at running the summer.

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