Ariana Grande – ‘Breathin’
America's sweetheart just keeps giving on Sweetener. A year after a terrorist attack propelled her from teenage idol to international sensation, Ariana Grande's fourth studio album showcases a maturity that reflects her courageous response to the Manchester tragedy. ‘Breathin’, her latest pick from it, gives her a chance to explore the full power of her truly stunning vocal range – recently compared to the late great Aretha Franklin – while still remaining rooted in good, thick pop.
The subject is equally triumphant. It's refreshing to hear a charting song explore emotion beyond love, but Grande is ahead of the curve for tackling anxiety so frankly. Even the chorus line – “Just keep breathin’ and breathin’ and breathin’ and breathin’” – catches its listener in a claustrophobic cycle that anxiety suffers will understand. It's progressive, it's rousing, it's catchy – and it’s a certified bop.