CURRENT: Ariana Grande – “Best Mistake” (feat. Big Sean)

What we suspected after practically two flawless pop songs (“Problem” and “Break Free” (feat. Zedd)) is confirmed on Ariana Grande’s third prerelease single in anticipation of her second LP My Everything, out 26 August through Republic. While the previous singles succeeded due to Grande mastering current pop trends, “Best Mistake” is a sly, downtempo affair that finds the budding star at her most captivating. She hardly goes above a whisper, commanding our attention with a steady rhythm and flow to her lyrics. And while Big Sean is as clumsy as ever, it makes for a perfect antithesis to Grande’s assured and smooth take. “Mistake” is hardly what one would expect from Grande following her previous two offerings, which makes what’s in store for the rest of Everything an enticing and unpredictable proposition; something that’s been noticeably absent in pop music for quite some time.


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