Ariana Grande famously rocked bunny ears on the cover of her 2016 album “Dangerous Woman” — and now she has turned into pop’s Energizer Bunny.
Music’s ponytailed princess is always quick to say “Thank U, Next” from one project to the next. After releasing two hit albums (2018’s “Sweetener” and this year’s “Thank U, Next”) in less than six months and then dropping another Top 10 single, “Boyfriend,” in August, Grande is back with more music as co-executive producer of the new “Charlie’s Angels” soundtrack.
The all-female affair was released Friday — two weeks before the Nov. 15 opening of the movie reboot starring Kristen Stewart.
The set features everything from clubby dance tracks — including “Eyes Off You” and a remix of Donna Summer’s “Bad Girls” — to Brazilian pop (Anitta’s “Pantera”) to an update of the classic “Charlie’s Angels” TV theme.
But let’s face it — it’s really all about the Ariana songs. Here’s our breakdown of the five new Grande tracks:
“Don’t Call Me Angel”
The first single, which was released in September, features Grande teaming with Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey to form a diva trifecta. Although it’s no “Independent Women” — the Destiny’s Child smash that served as the anthem for the 2000 “Angels” movie — the sassy, empowering track has its own brand of femme fierceness.
“Bad to You”
Grande leads another power trio — rounded out by Normani and Nicki Minaj — over a reggae groove that will be good for some sexy grinding. But it fails to turn up the same kind of island heat that Grande and Minaj did with their 2016 hit “Side to Side.”
A quick look at the track listing might make you think that this collaboration with Chaka Khan is a remake of the funk queen’s 1983 hit with Rufus. However, this is an entirely new jam that makes for a soulful sing-off between generations. Unfortunately, Khan’s vocals are processed a bit beyond recognition sometimes. Let that raw wail free!
“How I Look on You”
This trippy, trap-infused track is Grande’s only solo song on the soundtrack. It sets a moody vibe, but the lack of a real hook won’t make you forget “Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” any time soon.
“Got Her Own”
Grande pairs with Victoria Monét, who served as one of her co-writers on “Dangerous Woman” tracks such as “Be Alright.” But this underdeveloped hip-hop bop is the weakest link among Grande’s own stuff here.
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