Albums of the week: Ariana Grande, Busted and AJ Tracey
Considering Ariana Grande is now de facto the most powerful force on Planet Pop, there is something disarmingly fragile about the 12 songs collected on thank u, next. They’re silken and soft, all pulses and chimes, sweet like pillow talk. “Lately I’ve been on a roller coaster / Tryna get a hold of my emotions,” she discloses on needy.
But do not mistake a confession of vulnerability for weakness. The song has something in common with Cardi B’s Be Careful, which also reclaimed a supposedly negat