We’re reviewing every song on Ariana Grande’s Yours Truly today. Stay tuned for our take on all 13 tracks on the young pop star’s debut album!
Like the previous "Tattooed Heart," "Daydreamin"—originally to be the album's title track—sees Ariana returning to the doo-wop balladry of the '50s and early '60s for her inspiration. Unlike with "Heart," however, "Daydreamin" maintains a little bit more of a modern edge, largely thanks to the song's production, courtesy of noted teen-pop producer Matt Squire. Squire gives the song a sort of spacious feel to keep the retro influences from being too overbearing, and gives the beat a little bit of a ticking tension to keep the nostalgic feel from getting too sickly sweet. The whole song has a decidedly minor feel to it, which can't help but be a little refreshing after the unrestrained bubbliness of the album's first half, particularly the closing "Piano."
The song's one questionable element: That weird dialogue snippet (from what sounds like an old movie, but who knows) that comes out of nowhere to close the song out. Not only can we not figure out where it's from, we're not even sure what the hell they're saying. If anyone can clue us in about that, we'll try to make sure you get credit for it in any future Cinema Studies school courses.
POPDUST SAYS: 3.5/5
NEXT: "The Way"