17 Aug

Ariana Grande’s ‘Sweetener’ Is Here and It’s Sweet, Sticky and Sour

It’s been a hot minute, but the princess of pop, also known as Ariana Grande, finally released Sweetener. Sweetener is the fourth studio album by the singer and the follow up of the 2016 banger Dangerous Woman. With features of Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliot, the fans were expecting a treat.

Like the Sweetener you are

The album starts off with Ariana being full-on Ariana and showing off some a cappella vocals on “Raindrops (An Angel Cried)”. The interlude sounds like she came straight out of a church choir. But don’t worry, this is just a warm-up for a more sultry Ariana later on the album – including her signature racy hotline voice. We go from the church to the summertime-fine track “Blazed”, which is assisted by mister feel-good himself, Pharrel Williams. I mean, the track literally sounds like a good time with your homegirls. Imagine bumping this while driving to McDonalds to get some McFlurrys on a Tuesday night. Good vibes all-around, as long as the ice-machine is not broken. After the McFlurrys we are treated to Nicki Minaj on “The Light Is Coming”. One of the catchiest bops on the album, Nicki’s opening verse is not necessarily her most lyrical one. But the queen showed up to remind us that she is still Chun-Li and we are just a bunch of peasants. And sometimes, that’s enough. You do you boo, let these haters know.

After the obligatory brag and boast, we slide into “R.E.M”. Let’s say that the hook on that song slides smoother than your #MCM in the DM. It’s one of those songs you lip-synch to in selfie-mode on Snapchat in a jacuzzi, while looking sultry in the lens. Not that I know anything about that life. I’m sitting here and writing this, all while drinking rosé, alone on a Friday-night trying to get over an imaginary boyfriend. But that’s juice for another article.


That sticky-icky-icky

After the sweetener, comes that sticky-icky-icky. With tracks like “God is A Woman”, miss Grande is taking ownership of her sexuality and feminine power. Including an epic video directed by Dave Meyers. (If you were somehow living under a rock, watch it here). After that we go into the holy trinity of “Sweetener”, “Successful” and “Everytime”. All three of these tracks are cute, catchy and with enough variation in between Ariana straight-outta-church to Ariana ready-to-take-yo-man. I have no clue what Pete Davidson (her fiancé) is doing to her, but homey better keep doing what he’s doing. If a man can make me feel so delightful as Ariana sounds on these tracks I would stop licking donuts and start licking him too. Where do I sign up? (Also, if my editor-in-chief reads this, blame the previously mentioned rosé!)


And a hint of sour

As much I wouldn’t mind licking Pete Davidson first thing in the morning, I got to keep it real. After these tracks, the album kinda falls flat. Don’t get me wrong, “No Tears Left To Cry” is the post-heartbreak song of the summer, but I needed a couple more tracks like that. It’s followed by “Borderline” with a featuring by the one and only Missy Elliot. Missy has been on a hiatus for quite some time now and you can kinda tell in her verse. Again, nothing lyrically out of this world, but the production is smooth and I don’t hate it. “Breathin” lets sultry Ariana do what she does best with a beautiful vocal reach. That “Pete Davidson” track on the other hand, is nothing more than a giggly interlude. A bit of an anti-climax to be honest, especially after all their PDA on the ‘Gram *Goes back to licking a donut*. All by all, Sweetener is an album that deserves your listening-time and even though it didn’t have the massive pop-tracks her previous work provided, I am more than eager to find out what Ariana does next.

Ariana Grande’s new album Sweetener is now available on Spotify and other streaming services.

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