Ariana Grande’s “pov” comes off as a fluttering, ethereal ode to newfound love, but it’s really a meditation on how she uses romance as a lens to better get to know herself. While “thank u, next” looked back at life lessons from past relationships, on “pov” Grande wishes she could see herself from her boyfriend’s perspective. The lyrics shed light on part of the journey to self-confidence: needing someone else’s gaze in order to appreciate the strengths you’ve had all along. —Nastia Voynovskaya (KQED)

Wishes are drowned in the darkness of need
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