Label: Republic
Released: May 20

Truth be told, Dangerous Woman is Ariana Grande’s weakest album. That it still made the cut in a year spoiled rotten with great music is a testament to Grande’s stunning abilities as a vocalist and her ear for producers and features. “Into You” and the title track are enormous assertions of power from the former Nick star. (At some point, that won’t bear mentioning when discussing her career as a musician, but as this album seems calculated to complicate her image, I’m alluding to it now.) Dangerous Woman stumbles, though, when it comes to deep cuts. Songs like “Greedy” and “Everyday” don’t match the consistent highs of My Everything. That said, the deluxe edition of Dangerous Woman comes closest; the bonus track “Knew Better/Forever Boy” is actually the best song she released in 2016. Don’t @ me. —Ross Scarano