For someone who has been in the spotlight for a while now, Ariana Grande kind of came out of nowhere. Her new, debut album, Yours Truly, wowed pretty much everyone. Including us here at Stereotude.
In the wake of the barely PG-13 fiasco that was the MTV VMAs, some took the release, which arrived this Tuesday, as a much-needed vacation to the twerk.
“A week after Miley Cyrus' havoc-wreaking raunch fest at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, Ariana Grande delivers a gust of fresh air with her G-rated debut Yours Truly.”—Vibe
Then there were all the people who compared the 20-year-old Grande to a “baby Mariah,” which may just be the best compliment that you could give an upcoming act.
“With the vocals of a young Mariah Carey, a whistle register and melismas for days, her instrument turned out to be one of the best-kept secrets in the industry.”—Idolator
“More than any other song on the album, 'Baby I' invites -- nay, embraces -- the comparisons to Mariah Carey's early work.”—Billboard
Buzzfeed did a whole expose on Grande, even taking time out to use her as some sort of lady grenade aimed at rupturing the gimmick-founded fortresses of media mega names Katy Perry, Lagy Gaga and—yes (GASP!)—Beyoncé.
“It might be surprising for some to consider that the best pop album this year has been released by a 20-year-old Nickelodeon star, but here we are. On Victorious, the actress plays Cat, a kooky, zany character, innocent and a little airheaded. On her debut album, Yours Truly, though, she sounds like a bona fide diva in the traditional sense of the word.”—Buzzfeed
Even the hard-to-please folks over at The New York Times barely had anything negative say. Which is a miracle in and of itself.
“Ms. Grande is almost there. She has a lithe voice and is capable of real power, though she doles it out carefully. Like that other child TV star turned pop comer Miley Cyrus, Ms. Grande is 20, but her slide into maturity isn’t moving at Ms. Cyrus’s warp speed. Ms. Grande’s version of adulthood is about expertise, not transgression.” —The New York Times
Us, we love it. The Mariah-esk vocals. The ‘90s influences. The lack of auto-tune… Thumbs up all around. This is exciting to listen to, both now, and for what it means for what’s to come from this rising tycoon.