Ariana Grande is one of those singers who has amassed a large body of commercially successful music over the years. Sweetener, her new album, is exactly that: sweet pop with a smidgeon of sex appeal. The former Nickelodeon beauty’s fourth official release is a fifteen-track studio album that is the follow-up to her 2016 smash Dangerous Woman. Grande’s artistic growth is evident right from the start of the CD’s opening track, “Raindrops,” where she displays her vocal prowess on a brief but wonderfully sung two-part vibrato.
Simply by looking at her, it’s easy to see why she’s been compared to a young Mariah Carey in terms of style (Whom she has previously cited as one of her biggest influences).
The tracks “God Is A Woman” and “No Tears To Cry” have already blazed their way to the top of the Billboard charts. However, given Grande’s vocals shine throughout the record, those two tracks are just a few of the best. The album, for example, flows from mid-tempo R&B tracks like the standout “The Light Is Coming,” which she co-wrote with good friend and rap diva Nicki Minaj, with whom she appears to have great musical chemistry.
“The sun is coming to give back everything the darkness stole,” she sings smoothly in the chorus. Then she joins Missy Elliot on the sensual and seductive “Borderline,” claiming, “Once you taste my ice cream / I bet you won’t ever leave / I know it’s hard to believe / Boy, you got me all on my knees.”
“Blazed,” a love ballad starring renowned producer Pharell Williams, is another track on the album. He also lends a hand with his flawless production skills on the empowering “Get Well Soon,” which the pop star went on to explain was not only a tribute to the victims of the shooting at her Manchester concert in the summer of last year, but also a tribute to the victims of the shooting at her Manchester concert in the summer of last year.