It’s not until you get to its first synth-bursting chorus that it becomes clear why Ariana Grande has chosen Love Me Harder as the latest single from her My Everything album.
For it’s here that the track escalates from a sweetly sung – if not, a touch generic – ballad, into a surging R&B duet between the singer and Canadian crooner The Weeknd, who is one of the few male artists around at the moment who can even come close to matching Grande’s impressive vocal range.
That said, one of the things about Love Me Harder that impresses most is the 21 year old’s vocal restraint. The tricks, trills and runs that occasionally overwhelmed her previous pop smashes Problem and Break Free are parked to one side, pulling focus on the sensual vocal chemistry between the two singers, the song’s steamy lyrics and the intensifying pop production.
Love Me Harder will be released in the UK on 15 December. Watch the official lyric video below.