|"Get Well Soon"|
|Song by Ariana Grande|
|from the album Sweetener|
|Released||August 17, 2018|
|Studio||Chalice Recording Studios (Hollywood, California)|
"Get Well Soon" is a song by American singer Ariana Grande, who co-wrote the song with its producer Pharrell Williams. It is the final track on Grande's fourth studio album Sweetener (2018). It is inspired by Grande's personal anxiety and trauma following the May 2017 terrorist attack after her concert in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Following the European leg of Dangerous Woman Tour and the terrorist attack at Manchester show, Grande had "really wild dizzy spells, this feeling like I couldn't breathe", she "felt so upside down."and her anxiety became physical. She shared her experience with Pharrell Williams, with whom she created the song. In a later interview for Paper , Grande said: "[Pharrell] kind of forced it out of me, because I was in a really bad place mentally. ... [Pharrell] was like, 'You have to write about it. You need to make this into music and get this shit out, and I promise it will heal you.' And it definitely helped." She also said that the song is "probably one of the most important songs [she would] ever write." Grande revealed in an interview on Beats 1 Radio that she intended the song to offer a "musical hug". She further explained that "Get Well Soon" is about "being there for each other and helping each other through scary times and anxiety" and about "personal demons and anxiety and more intimate tragedies as well", stressing that mental health is very important.
At the end of the track, 40 seconds of silence are played, making the song five minutes and twenty-two seconds long. Some listeners speculate the song, and its length, are Grande's tribute to the twenty-two victims of the Manchester Arena bombing, which took place after her concert on May 22, 2017 (5/22).
Grande recorded "Get Well Soon" at Chalice Recording Studios in Hollywood, California.Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande co-wrote the song, and Williams produced it. It is a soul ballad that runs for five minutes and twenty-two seconds. The singer's vocals are stacked (layered); Grande intended them to represent "all the voices in [her] head talking to one another."
Pitchfork editor Jillian Mapes called "Get Well Soon" a "career-defining moment" and praised it as "the sort of freeform, self-help soul ballad you’d maybe expect to round out a Beyoncé opus" and wrote: "Anyone who knows how gracefully Grande handled the horrific events at her Manchester show last year will recognize an equally graceful response to her own emotional aftermath in this song." 's Kate Solomon described the track as ambitious and said: "As a five-minute musical interpretation of the post-traumatic panic attacks Grande has suffered, 'Get Well Soon' is not exactly enjoyable to listen to but admirable in its honesty." Chris Willman described Grande's singing as florid and Neil McCormick wrote that she sounded like "a one-woman doo-wop combo".The Independent
Credits and personnel adapted from the liner notes of Sweetener.
Recording and management
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