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ʎɹɔ oʇ ʇɟǝl sɹɐǝʇ ou sɐɥ ǝpuɐɹƃ ɐuɐᴉɹɐ

Ariana Grande No Tears Left To Cry 2018

˙ʞɔɐq sᴉ ǝpuɐɹƃ ɐuɐᴉɹɐ

Okay, flip back around. (That’s what he said.)

Ari’s back – and right now, she’s in a state of mind she wants to be in, like, all of the time.

“No Tears Left To Cry” was probably the most anticipated pop single of 2018 thus far, so Gay Twitter™’s expectations were already riding impossibly high – higher than the highest of Ari ponytails.

The track was crafted by Savan Kotecha, Ilya & Max Martin – pop superheroes, and the same songwriting team behind the earth-shatteringly good, should-have-been-No. 1 single “Into You.” (It’s not “Into You”-level good – fair warning.)

Kicking off with a dramatic intro (always appreciated), the uptempo bop’s a light burst of positive energy, featuring the pint-sized pop powerhouse’s signature soaring, still slightly unintelligible vocals and pristine chorus construction from the “…Baby One More Time” legend himself.

There was some question about how Ari would approach this particular release, given that it’s her first new musical offering since the Manchester tragedy. The answer, it seems, is by loving, living and picking it up.

If anything, between the lyrics and the rainbow artwork, it seems like an ode to the gays (“They point out the colors in you / I see ’em too and boy I like ’em“) – perhaps even a coming out anthem (“Comin’ out, even when it’s rainin’ down, can’t stop now“). Or just a celebration of living one’s life in general! Regardless, she’s done crying and ready to dance again. No more tears – enough is enough, as two icons once declared.

After enduring trauma and personal loss in the past few years, it’s very much #GoodVibesOnly right now in Ari’s world – and it’s hard to blame her for feeling that way.

“No Tears Left to Cry” might not exactly be a game-changer of a song, but the pop world feels brighter now that she’s finally dried her eyes.

Oh — and this is probably her best music video to date.

“No Tears Left To Cry” was released on April 20. (iTunes)

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