• Record Label: Republic
  • Release Date: May 20, 2016
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
Buy On
  1. 83
    While the hooks may not be as irresistible as her 2014 double whammy of “Problem” and “Break Free,” Grande compensates by having something meaningful to say with that jaw-dropping voice.
  2. 80
    It’s not only the consistent songwriting clout that elevates this album from recent efforts by Grande’s teen-star peers, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez. Even if most of it is co-written, the modish message of empowerment feels honest coming from Grande.
  3. May 23, 2016
    80
    While some of these cuts work better than others, the range is impressive, as is Grande's measured, assured performance.
  4. May 22, 2016
    80
    Held together by Grande’s skyscraping voice, Dangerous Woman throws a lot at the wall and, brilliantly, most of it sticks.
  5. May 19, 2016
    80
    The album glides through styles, maintaining a slightly menacing yet sexed-up vibe throughout.
  6. May 19, 2016
    80
    Given that she started out as an actress, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Grande can work convincingly in more than a single mode. But it’s still impressive how fully she inhabits the emotional environment of each song here, even when one directly contradicts another.
  7. May 25, 2016
    76
    Even if the results are uneven at times. Grande does not need to force any sort of spirit, she is full of it already. She just needs to find the Dangerous Woman within herself and let her break free.
  8. 75
    Dangerous Woman shouldn’t be taken particularly seriously as any kind of “maturation,” but that it still has some pretty good songs on it. Not counting the bonus tracks, there are only two outright throwaways.
  9. May 20, 2016
    75
    Buoyed by this poise, Dangerous Woman possesses more personality than My Everything. It’s also far looser than anything else in Grande’s catalog.
  10. Jun 14, 2016
    70
    She appears to be in the right place creatively, but she just needs to take her own advice and break free.
  11. May 20, 2016
    70
    Though the album immediately shifts gears with the decidedly more contemporary title track, a sultry waltz in which the singer implores her man to “test [her] limits,” assuring him that, underneath, every 21-century woman is a “bad girl,” there are smart, unexpected nods to yesteryear throughout the remainder of Dangerous Woman.
  12. May 31, 2016
    60
    These songs [“Greedy,” “Into You” and “Touch It”], which unite a strong persona--haughty, insatiable, a little manic, really into you--with a vivid pocket version of one style or another, are the core of a swift, heedless pop album, albeit one struggling to emerge from the false notes (“Dangerous Woman”) and rote 2016 obligations (Future) of what’s probably an executive-mandated bagginess.
  13. May 20, 2016
    60
    Grande may not have settled on a sound, but she's still an outsized, dangerous talent.
  14. 50
    The pop star is putting out fine records, but it’s hard to escape the feeling that her ludicrous potential remains unfulfilled.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 1252 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. May 20, 2016
    10
    In a short span of 3 years, Ariana has proved herself as one of the best artists in the game. With her powerhouse vocals and strongIn a short span of 3 years, Ariana has proved herself as one of the best artists in the game. With her powerhouse vocals and strong production, she has managed to outdo herself once again. In fact, Dangerous Woman is her most mature and cohesive work to date and she's sure to silence any haters with this album. Standouts include Greedy, Side to Side, Let Me Love You, Everyday, Touch It and Into You. Full Review »
  2. May 20, 2016
    10
    This album is phenomenal. Every song is very diffrent yet they all connect with each other in a way. There also is no "filler" type of songs.This album is phenomenal. Every song is very diffrent yet they all connect with each other in a way. There also is no "filler" type of songs. My favorite song right now is bad decisions. Full Review »
  3. May 20, 2016
    10
    a masterpiece. A combination of genres, a list of flawless features and an album filled with perfect songs that capture every mood. Dangerousa masterpiece. A combination of genres, a list of flawless features and an album filled with perfect songs that capture every mood. Dangerous woman, the third studio album by Ariana grande manages to tick every box. Flawless vocals, outstanding beats and captivating features. Every song stands out, there are no fillers within the album, each song is unique and special. Features include future on 'everyday', Nicki minaj on 'side to side', Macy gray on 'leave me lonely' and lil Wayne on 'let me love you'. Ariana and the features have amazing chemistry, they work perfectly together on a track. This album showcases her outstanding vocal ability while showing off her incredible musical production. The production on dangerous woman is flawless. The lyrics have improved a lot, which is good considering Ariana was the lead writer on over 8 songs, more than half of the album. The album includes a song for everyone, it captures every moment and every emotion perfectly. This album is much more mature than Ariana's previous albums, it showcases her true emotions and identity. This album is Grammy worthy and truly amazing. If you haven't already, you should buy it on iTunes or stream it on Spotify and Apple Music, highly recommended. Full Review »