Unlike Ariana Grande’s last album, the contemplative and mournful thank u, next, which was released shortly after, and partly in response to, the tragic death of her ex Mac Miller, positions is lighthearted and playful—a flirty wave from the other side.
Her joy is deserved. During a grueling stretch that would have broken most musicians (a deadly terrorist attack at her own concert, Miller’s overdose, and her public breakup with then-fiancé Pete Davidson), Grande delivered two of the best albums—and one of the highest-grossing tours—of 2018 and 2019.
That she might finally be experiencing some release, which is what these songs sound like, is a reminder to all of us that time and reflection can heal. So let’s move forward, shall we?