The singer’s fourth LP is as sweet as the title implies.
The 25-year-old pop singer, who had a very rough year in 2017, is back; calm and unfazed in her new album ‘Sweetener’. One would naturally expect the album to be sad and moody considering what she experienced last year but fortunately, that is not the case.
Instead, the album is filled with positive introspection and calm reassurance. This is evident in songs like ‘the light is coming’, ‘sweetener’ and ‘no tears left to cry’.
Grande has also yet again proven that she can be versatile with her music by taking on the trap genre. On ‘everytime’, Grande does not have to pick from the growing pool of trap producers like Metro Boomin to achieve that Migos vibe. Instead, she sticks with her longtime producers Ilya Salmanzadeh, Savan Kotecha and Max Martin, to deliver a wonderful combination of the pop and trap genres.
While glancing at the album’s credits, one name stands out, Pharrell Williams. Williams’ name appears an astonishing 15 times on the album credits, both as writer and producer. Williams contributions on the album are not as obvious on your first listen, but you slowly start to notice while listening to tracks like ‘R.E.M.’, ‘successful’ and the title track ‘sweetener’ again.
Grande also finally addressed last year’s disturbing experience on the closing track ‘get well soon’, which also features a 40-second silent tribute to the Manchester bombing victims. On a lighter note, the album has already broken the Spotify record for the biggest opening day by a female artist in the U.S.
What do you think about Sweetener?
Stream the album below and check out the video for ‘God is a woman’.
Solid songwriting and production from Pharrell Williams
Positive message and excellent delivery from Grande