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Ariana Grande’s Triumphant ‘Breathin’ Is Proof Positive Pop Doesn’t Have To Be In Ballad Form

Written By Sam Murphy on 08/20/2018

The pop world is no stranger to positive anthems but Ariana Grande‘s breathin, the sterling highlight of her new album Sweetener, is different.

Ariana Grande’s sweetener as a whole is a statement of positivity but breathin stresses self-care in the most simplistic terms.

Whereas Katy Perry’s Roar used mighty choruses and animalistic metaphors to convey its self-positive anthem, Grande goes for something far less imposing.

breathin is the closest thing to Into You on the record. It’s a pulsating, ’80s-flavoured bop that has Grande handling some of her most effortless, beautiful vocals to date.

It’s that musical ease that synthesises with the lyrics that essentially stress self-care. “Time goes by and I can’t control my mind,” she sings before she’s reminded to ground herself.

“Mental health is so important,” Grande told Beats 1 just days while talking about the record.

“People don’t pay enough mind to it because we have things to do … people don’t pay attention to what’s happening inside.”

On breathin Grande manages to wrap up that sentiment in a beautiful, airy pop song that reminds us to breathe. It’s simple but it’s so important.