Label: Republic Records
Released: October 30

Ariana Grande’s ability to channel her personal experiences of love and heartbreak and package it into compelling moments reached new heights with the one-two punch of Sweetener and thank u, next. Her latest album, positions, continues to shine on a light on this, but less so than its predecessors. Ariana delivers bedroom bops that blend R&B and pop with trap-leaning backdrops, with her lyrical approach—likely influenced by a new relationship—ranging from being playfully dirty (“34+35”) to highlighting the vulnerability that comes with opening yourself up to someone new (“Safety Net,” “Off the Table”). Throughout, Ariana is discovering another level of comfort with herself, a sign of growth she will no doubt apply with future releases. There are no true standout tracks here, or an anthemic performance that sets the tone (think “No Tears Left to Cry" or “Thank U, Next”). And while not as good as her previous two albums, positions still offers enough quality and depth that makes Ariana Grande one of the leading pop acts of our generation. —Edwin Ortiz