The official student newspaper of The Hockaday School

The Fourcast

The official student newspaper of The Hockaday School

The Fourcast

The official student newspaper of The Hockaday School

The Fourcast

Ms. Day speaks to Hockaday students as well as other students in the Dallas area as part of her role to involve Hockaday students in the community and lead them to fulfill their purpose.
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A day with Ms. Day
Sarah Moskowitz and Melinda HuMay 19, 2024

How did you get your start in social impact? Day: Out of college, I decided to do a year in a program called The Jesuit Volunteer Corps. It...

Lone Star Royalty Q&A
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Lone Star Royalty Q&A
Lang Cooper and Mary Bradley SutherlandMay 17, 2024

What initially interested you in beauty pageants? Roberts: When I was six I joined the Miss America Organization. This program is for girls...

Opinion
Branching Out During Break
Jessica Boll, Web Editor in Chief • May 16, 2024

Instead of lazily lounging by the pool this summer, taking advantage of an academic break is the best usage of the months when we don't have...

Senior Splash Day
Senior Splash Day
May 13, 2024

Shining through the Shadows

Ariana Grande’s new but nothing special album
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Ariana Grande, known for her ethereal vocals and chart-topping hits, has once again captured the hearts of fans with her latest album, “Eternal Sunshine.” Released March 8, this highly anticipated album draws inspiration from the poignant film 2004) that weaves a narrative of love, loss and self-discovery. The album’s 13 tracks, including the popular single “yes, and?” which made the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart, showcase Grande’s exceptional songwriting and vocal range.

The album’s first songs provide an introspective tone, with Grande questioning the nature of her failed relationships and the path forward. Tracks like “bye” and “don’t wanna break up again” delve into the emotional complexities of heartbreak and healing, with subtle references that may relate to her marriage and eventual separation from Dalton Gomez.

Grande also alludes to finding new love in “the boy is mine,” which may refer to rumors that the singer is now with “Wicked” co-star Ethan Slater. I found this song most striking with its unique beat, especially when the remaining songs tend to blend together, as I couldn’t always tell when one song ended and another began.

One standout track, “yes, and?,” addresses public scrutiny and judgment, resonating with fans but also receiving criticism for its commercial appeal compared to the album’s deeper tracks.

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As the album progresses, Grande continues to explore the nuances of love and loss, culminating in the hauntingly beautiful “we can’t be friends.” The accompanying music video, featuring actor Evan Peters and scenes reminiscent of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” further amplifies the album’s thematic elements and Grande’s creative vision.  Grande directly recreated scenes like erasing her memories of a person with Brighter Days Inc.— Grande’s version of Lacuna Inc. from the movie.

“Eternal Sunshine” is a solid addition to Grande’s catalog, showcasing her growth as an artist and her ability to connect with audiences on an emotional level. While not her strongest effort overall, it is a commendable album that highlights Grande’s continued evolution in the music industry.

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Audrey Liu
Audrey Liu, Staff Writer