Rating: 4.5/5

Ariana Grande had quite the year. On May 22, 2017 22 people were killed by an explosion caused by a suicide bomber at her concert in Manchester, England. Her latest release, “No Tears Left To Cry,” is climbing up the charts. And, her engagement to “SNL” cast member Pete Davidson was confirmed on June 21. It seems like everything is coming together for the 25-year-old.

As terrible as the Manchester catastrophe was, this music (and Grande’s whirlwind romance with Davidson) is evidence that the bombing pushed the pop star into her own. Both “No Tears Left To Cry” and “the light is coming” center around overcoming hardship and being positive in the face of disaster.

“the light is coming” is a really inventive, cool track. It’s a fusion of hip-hop, rap, pop, and dubstep, and it vibes into a track I wouldn’t have been surprised to hear on Kanye West’s 2008 album 808s & Heartbreak, which hit number one on the Billboard charts within its first week of release. Minaj opens the track, which is a nice spin on the typical rap-bridge often featured in pop tunes, and she sets the bar for the rest of the track.

The song has a refrain of “you wouldn’t let anybody speak and instead—” that repeats in the background for the entire track that gives the track the perfect modern vibe: it sounds like there’s a protester trying to break through.

This is a very, very well done track, and I commend Ariana for turning tragedy into light.

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