Everytime – Ariana Grande | “This is a career-defining album for her, because it shows that she’s an artist willing to take risks and put her heart on her sleeve in her music,” says Kotecha, 39

After co-executive producing Ariana Grande’s 2016 release Dangerous Woman, Savan Kotecha saw a shift in her approach for her fourth project Sweetener, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week.

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In 2018, Ariana Grande feels like more than a vocalist — she’s assumed the mantle of role model and cultural icon, too. “No Tears Left to Cry”, the first single from Grande’s fourth album Sweetener, came as her first release since her 2017 concert at Manchester Arena tragically ended in a bombing attack that killed 23 and left hundreds more injured. Channeling the spirit of classic disco with the song, Ariana looks to the past to live in the present, as she’s always done in her music. On Sweetener, Ariana comes full circle, with a more mature take on her debut’s youthful, idealistic R&B. When all is said and done, there’s no better time than now to look back on her already-formidable catalogue.

On “everytime” in particular, the production combo of Max Martin and Ilya Salmanzadeh provide a perfect canvass for Ariana Grande to portray an in-depth picture of intense love and youthful desire. The best pop songs about love make you want to be in it, or remember it, or make you feel like you’re experiencing it, all of which is provoked at the onset of “everytime’s” twinkling production. It’s only exacerbated by Grande’s passionate expressions of the inconsistencies and obsessions that come with that kind of all-encompassing devotion:

[Intro]
Back to you, back to you, back to you
Back to you, back to you, back to you
I go back to you, back to you, back to you every time

[Verse 1]
I get tired of your no-shows
You get tired of my control
They keep telling me to let go
But I don’t really let go when I say so
I keep giving people blank stares
I’m so different when you’re not there
It’s like something out of Shakespeare
Because I’m really not here when you’re not there

[Pre-Chorus]
I’ve tried to fight our energy
But every time I think I’m free

 

 

[Chorus]
You get high and call on the regular
I get weak and fall like a teenager
Why, oh why does God keep bringing me back to you?
I get drunk, pretend that I’m over it
Self-destruct, show up like an idiot
Why, oh why does God keep bringing me back to you?

[Post-Chorus]
I go back to you, back to you, back to you
Back to you, back to you, back to you
I go back to you, back to you, back to you every time

[Verse 2]
Just when I get on a new wave
Boy, you look at me and I slip outta my lace
They keep calling me a head-case
‘Cause I can’t make a good case why we can’t change

[Pre-Chorus]
I’ve tried to fight our energy
But every time I think I’m free

[Chorus]
You get high and call on the regular
I get weak and fall like a teenager
Why, oh why does God keep bringing me back to you?
(Back to you, baby)
I get drunk, pretend that I’m over it
Self-destruct, show up like an idiot
Why, oh why does God keep bringing me back to you?

[Post-Chorus]
I go back to you, back to you, back to you (I go back to you)
Back to you, back to you, back to you (back to you)
I go back to you, back to you, back to you every time (I go)
I go back to you, back to you, back to you
Back to you, back to you, back to you
I go back to you, back to you, back to you every time


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