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Ariana Grande: 'Yours Truly' - Album review

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Released on Monday, Sep 2 2013

Ariana Grande 'Yours Truly' album artwork.
It's been well over a decade since we switched Nickelodeon on after a hard day at school, so when we noticed Ariana Grande vault up the US iTunes chart with 'The Way' earlier this year, our intrigue to find out who she is got the better of us.

The track turned out to be a slick serving of '90s-inspired R&B that showcased the starlet's impressive vocal range and has had us hooked ever since. Comparisons to Mariah Carey were instantaneous, but if that's the reaction you're getting on your debut single proper, it's surely no bad thing at all.

The likeness is hard to ignore throughout Yours Truly, which serves as Grande's attempt to transcend her tweeny image. Follow-up single 'Baby I' is an infectiously bouncy jam of love-struck jitters, while Big Sean collaboration 'Right There' is a smooth throwback R&B number with its stabbing synths and head-nodding beats. The production feels fresh, the lyrics are relatable and the melodies are as cool and sweet as a dollop of raspberry ripple.

The tone and pace of the album rarely changes, but the songs feel accomplished, polished and vibrant. This doesn't ring truer than on 'Piano' with its ear-grabbing hooks and rosy cadence, while The Wanted's Nathan Sykes is a surprisingly fitting duet partner on heart-fluttering ballad 'Almost Is Never Enough'. Obviously Ariana has a long way to go to get to the whistle-note peaks of Mariah's career, but as far as pop introductions go, Yours Truly is little less than a triumph.



Tracks to download: 'The Way', 'Piano', 'Baby I', 'You'll Never Know'
If you like this, you'll like: Mariah Carey, Ciara, Whitney Houston

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