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.