Sweetener: Full Album Review

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Ariana Grande has made her highly anticipated return to the music industry with her new album Sweetener. The album consists of a grand total of 15 new songs that show the immense growth that she has experienced in her life. With features from Missy Elliott, Nicki Minaj, and Pharrell Williams, it is no surprise that the album debuted at the top of the iTunes Charts.

1) ‘Raindrops (an angel cried)’: ‘Raindrops’ is a testament to Grande’s vocal abilities. She sings beautifully acapella on the 40-second track. The short but powerful song gives readers a look into what they can expect on this album!

Rating: (3/5)

2) blazed (feat. Pharrell Williams): A personal favorite on the album! Pharrell’s iconic groovy instrumentals shine on the song, but Ariana does not let the complex instrumental outshine her stellar vocals. Pharrell makes a vocal appearance on the song as well. His strong vocals act as a contrast to the sultriness of hers.

Rating: (4/5)

3) the light is coming (feat. Nicki Minaj): I must be honest and admit that ‘the light is coming’ is the one blemish on sweetener’s complexion. The song feels out of place compared to the other throwback R&B tracks. Nicki’s verse does not impress either, the excellent rapper falls flat on the song.

Rating: (1/5)

4.) R.E.M.: Another personal favorite of mine and fans alike! The simple instrumental mixes beautifully with Grande’s soft angelic vocals. The song makes the listener feel as though they have been transported into a cotton candy fantasy land. It comes as no surprise that the song is a fan favorite.

Rating (5/5)

5) God is a Woman: As a lead single from the album the song is one of the more well known tracks. I’m not surprised that ‘God is a Woman’ became a lead single as it is a musically complex song. From the harmonies to the catchy chorus, the song’s commercial success was a given.

Rating (4/5)

6) sweetener: Originally, I was not impressed by this song, yet after a few listens I realized the cleverness of the song. The chorus is an absolute ear-worm and I constantly found the song stuck in my head at the most random of times. It is by no means the strongest song on the album, but it definitely is one of the most catchy and fun!

Rating (3/5)

7) successful: This was another song that I didn’t fully “get” until a few listens. Looking back, I don’t know what I was thinking, consistently skipping the song when it is hands down one of the strongest. The tropical beat intertwines with her angelic harmonies beautifully to create an amazing song!

Rating (5/5)

8) everytime: ‘Everytime’ has reigned supreme as my favorite song on the album since the album was released. This song screams classic Ariana on an album filled with a relatively new sound for the pop star. Ariana gives the fans what they came for with her iconic high notes towards the end of the song.

Rating (5/5)

9) breathin’: Another single and fan favorite from the album is ‘breathin’. This song was definitely on repeat after the release of the album. The lead up to the climax of the infectious hook takes the listener on a ride that mimics a roller coaster. You know that “that” moment is coming but you don’t know when!

Rating (5/5)

10) no tears left to cry: The first single to be promoted from the album was ‘no tears left to cry’. I was obsessed when this song was released as it showed Ariana’s music in a new light. Comparing to the other hard hitters on the album such as ‘breathin’ and ‘everytime’, it is not my favorite, but is still a strong single to get the public’s attention.

Rating (4/5)

11) borderline (feat. Missy Elliott): ‘Borderline’ was on repeat on when the album was first released. Missy Elliott shows why she is one of the most iconic rappers of all time on ‘borderline’! The instrumental track is simple, but it has complex moment, such as in the chorus.

Rating (5/5)

12) better off: ‘Better off’ starts off with a slow tempo that makes the listener feel at ease. It’s an uplifting song about love and the experience of getting over someone. Once the beat drops, you can’t help but to sing along.

Rating (5/5)

13) goodnight n go: ‘Goodnight n go’ starts similarly to better off. Both songs use the technique of starting off slow and increasing in tempo until the bridge begins. Even though ‘better off’ is more popular than ‘goodnight n go’, ‘goodnight n go’ is still a fairly strong song from the album.

Rating (4/5)

14) pete davidson: Despite its controversy, the song ‘pete davidson’ is the epitome of what sweetener stands for. The one-minute interlude seems to embody the feelings Grande had, conveying the feelings of being loved to the public, while creating Sweetener.

Rating (5/5)

15) get well soon: There is no better way to end an album than with ‘get well soon’. ‘Get well soon’ works as a tribute to the Manchester victims that died at Grande’s concert. The moment of silence at the end of the r&b track is her way of paying respect to those who passed.

Rating (5/5)

Overall: Ariana Grande has continued to reinvent herself with every album. No album of hers ever sounds like the last, yet she makes sure to still keep her pop-r&b brand intact. Sweetener is not her best album, but it is definitely not the worst. It gives the public a feel for where Grande is at in her life.

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