If anyone had said to me at the beginning of 2019, “Hey, name the three female pop stars you think are most likely to release a song together this year,” I probably wouldn’t have said Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey. Nonetheless, when I heard the three singers were releasing a song called “Don’t Call Me Angel” for the upcoming 2019 remake of Charlie’s Angels, I was extremely excited because I am a huge fan of Grande. Cyrus’s music is usually fun. While I’m not super familiar with Del Rey’s music, I’ve heard good things and was intrigued to see what she would bring to the song.
The song starts off with a catchy beat, before Grande goes in with the chorus, “Boy, don't call me angel. You ain’t got me right. Don't call me angel. You can't pay my price. Ain’t from no Heaven. Yeah, you heard me right. Even though you know we fly. Don't call me angel.” Cyrus comes in with the first verse. Grande brings the chorus back and sings the next verse as well before repeating the chorus again. Del Rey then makes her addition to the track, and the song finishes off with Grande singing the chorus one last time. All three girls had amazing vocals throughout the song. Grande hit some beautiful notes. Cyrus sounded super tough, like a girl who truly does not want to be called an angel. Del Rey’s part was slow and different from the other two, but still beautiful.
As previously stated, I’m a huge fan of Grande’s. But, my favorite lyrics are the ones Cyrus sings in her verse: “Uh, don't call me angel when I'm a mess. Don't call me angel when I get undressed. You know I, I don't like that. Boy, I make my money, and I write the checks. So, say my name with a little respect. All my girls successful, and you're just our guest.” The singers are known for their different sounds, but I thought that they came together well in this song. Grande’s high-pitched tones, Cyrus’s hard voice and Del Rey’s quiet, dramatic way with words are pretty individually, but come together nicely throughout the song.
If I had to make any complaints about the song, it would be that I would have liked to hear more from Cyrus and Del Rey. Cyrus and Del Rey both only have one verse each, with Grande taking over the rest of the song. It would have been nice if their parts were longer. I would’ve enjoyed it more if the three girls were all singing the chorus, rather than Grande singing it solo, except for the first chorus with Cyrus singing background vocals.
The song was also slightly repetitive. The verses were pretty short, so it felt like the chorus was just being repeated over and over again with small breaks in between. While I did like the chorus, particularly Grande’s vocals on the line “Ain’t from no Heaven,” it would have been nice to hear something different, something more.
Overall, the song is good to listen to when you need a confidence boost or a little reminder that you don’t have to be an angel to be powerful. You can be successful by being tough, strong and apologizing to no one for being that way.