Sweetener

ARIANA GRANDE

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Our take

by Angus

To say that the stakes were high leading up to the release of Ariana Grande’s fourth album is a grotesque understatement, but the critical and commercial success that followed Sweetener’s release crushed those expectations and left them in the dust.

A modest guest roster consisting of Nicki Minaj, Pharrell Williams and Missy Elliott (Williams also co-wrote and produced much of the album) sets the stage, and Grande takes that stage and delivers a pop record for the ages. Following the tragic bombing at her Manchester concert that left 22 people dead and many more injured, it would’ve been a reasonable and logical step to make a sorrowful, downcast album that mourned the loss of life and destruction of the incident. Instead, Grande made Sweetener, an album that celebrates life and womanhood, and stands as a beautiful testament to the healing power of music.

The vitals

A small preview from Spotify

Released: 2018
Genre: Pop
Label: Republic

Condition: New
Format: 2 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

Tracklist

1. "Raindrops (An Angel Cried)" (0:37)
2. "Blazed" (3:16)
3. "The Light Is Coming" (3:48)
4. "R.E.M." (4:05)
5. "God Is a Woman" (3:17)
6. "Sweetener" (3:28)
7. "Successful" (3:47)
8. "Everytime" (2:52)
9. "Breathin" (3:18)
10. "No Tears Left to Cry" (3:25)
11. "Borderline" (2:57)
12. "Better Off" (2:51)
13. "Goodnight n Go" (3:09)
14. "Pete Davidson" (1:13)
15. "Get Well Soon" (5:22)

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