Of all the albums released this year, this one was definitely the one I was most excited for. Her last record quickly became one of my favourites of all time and I had very high hopes for this one. As much as I love it though, it doesn't quite live up to it's predecessor.
Regardless, it is still an amazing album and one I have sang and danced to since it's release in August.
Coming in at #4 it's Ariana Grande's 4th album 'Sweetener'
The lead single 'No Tears Left To Cry' was very different to what I was expecting, the title lead me to believe it would be a ballad and I was ok with that. But of course it's a pop banger and it's uplifting message was the perfect way for Ari to come back after the Manchester tragedy while still remaining a pop princess. The beat is however (much like the rest of the album), very different from her previous work as she uses contemporary garage beats.
The second single 'God Is A Woman' really peaked my interest even more than it already was and ended up being my favourite track on the album. I love everything about it; the beat, the lyrical content and the video is incredible! I was also going through a bit of a Madonna phase at the time so her monologue in the video had me caking!
When the full album came out I must admit that I was slightly underwhelmed. As I mentioned earlier 'Dangerous Woman' for me was such an amazing album that I expected something more similar that I would love as much, however as time has gone on I appreciated #Sweetener for it's uniqueness and love it for different reasons.
With that said, I did immediately fall in love with certain tracks like 'Everytime' 'Goodnight and Go' but my favourite besides GIAW was the track that eventually became the 3rd single 'Breathin''. As someone who suffers from anxiety I instantly related to the message and actually really appreciated the fact that she had made a song about it, because though many of us suffer with it - there aren't that many songs about it, especially not in mainstream music. As well as the lyrical content, it's also a banger!
And hey, less than 6 months after the release of this album and unconventionally before it's tour has even begun Ari is already slaying us with the lead up to her 5th album and her massive #1 hit 'Thank U, Next'. Can't wait to hear that one in 2019, but for now let's enjoy Sweetener! What do you think?
Full Ranking: https://tengaged.com/blog/Chic/8663095/ariana-grande-sweetener-ranking
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from a casual ari fan
1. The Light Is Coming (ft. Nicki Minaj) fight me. i love this song
2. No Tears Left To Cry
3. God Is A Woman
4. Goodnight n Go (I LOVED THE ORIGINAL IMOGEN HEAP VERSION AND ARI DID JUSTICE BUT DID IT NEED THAT UGLY FIRST VERSE. also just know you can thank queen legend imogen heap for this song's existence in the first place)
6. Better Off
10. Get Well Soon
12. Borderline (ft. Missy Elliot)
13. Blazed (ft. Pharrell Williams)
14. Raindrops (An Angel Cried) (if this was longer id would be higher)
15. Pete Davidson
Dangerous Woman was truly one of the best pop albums of all time IMO (easily in my top 10 albums of all time), I'm so disappointed that #Sweetener doesn't live up to it when she absolutely has the potential.
I whole-heartedly hope that others appreciate it as I love her and her as an artist but for me I'm not a fan of the low-key production and lack of the amazing vocals she possesses, I'm not saying every song needs to be a belter or a pop banger but if you have it you should flaunt it! DW was the perfect blend of all of those things. It's very reminiscent of Beyonce's last few albums.. just frustrating.
HOWEVER, there are totally some great tracks on the album and I'll do a full ranking in a week or so once I've listened to it more, I just don't think any of them live up to DW apart from 'God Is A Woman'.