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Ariana Grande | Sweetener | August 17, 2018

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Hermione    24,565

***This is just my opinion and I’m entitled to it, I’m stating it politely so please don’t attack me.***

 

Honestly I was so disappointed on first listen. I still regularly listen to her first three albums in the car years later, and I don’t see it with this one at all. Some tracks are slowly growing on me but I still think it’s her weakest effort by far. :(

My favorite song on here is still God is a Woman, but I love Everytime too. Breathin is fine, but slightly overrated. I can’t help but think it only stands out because of the rest of the album, and that if it had been on Dangerous Woman people would say it’s just okay. The Light Is Coming, Sweetener, Successful, and Borderline are straight-up bad to me, I really don’t know what she was thinking with those. They would work as mid-00s Gwen Stefani tracks, but not for Ariana. I haven’t read many reviews or comments about it so I don’t know how this stacks up to popular opinion. This reminds me of Reputation, where the reception is mixed at first but it ends up being a grower. I saw someone say it reminds them of Yours Truly, but that’s my favorite album by her and I’m not feeling this one.

 

@Divine (and other Arianators who won’t jump down my throat) Thoughts on my thoughts?

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Ghostface    4,896
1 hour ago, Hermione said:

***This is just my opinion and I’m entitled to it, I’m stating it politely so please don’t attack me.***

 

Honestly I was so disappointed on first listen. I still regularly listen to her first three albums in the car years later, and I don’t see it with this one at all. Some tracks are slowly growing on me but I still think it’s her weakest effort by far. :(

My favorite song on here is still God is a Woman, but I love Everytime too. Breathin is fine, but slightly overrated. I can’t help but think it only stands out because of the rest of the album, and that if it had been on Dangerous Woman people would say it’s just okay. The Light Is Coming, Sweetener, Successful, and Borderline are straight-up bad to me, I really don’t know what she was thinking with those. They would work as mid-00s Gwen Stefani tracks, but not for Ariana. I haven’t read many reviews or comments about it so I don’t know how this stacks up to popular opinion. This reminds me of Reputation, where the reception is mixed at first but it ends up being a grower. I saw someone say it reminds them of Yours Truly, but that’s my favorite album by her and I’m not feeling this one.

 

@Divine (and other Arianators who won’t jump down my throat) Thoughts on my thoughts?

Well, no need to feel like someone would jump at you because of your opinion. I think that people are rational enough to freely discuss whether they agree or not. 

Regarding the album, I agree about God Is A Woman, Everytime and Breathin' being good songs and personal favorites. I would add Better Off and Goodnight n Go to that bunch along with No Tears Left To Cry. Get Well Soon seems stuffed ( as in long, but there is a reason for that ). However, it is emotional enough and lyrically rich which is helping it to get on my favorite list. I think that she managed with all aforementioned songs to reach high highs and that's partially a reason why other songs don't come across as strong. 

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Divine    135,199
3 hours ago, Hermione said:

***This is just my opinion and I’m entitled to it, I’m stating it politely so please don’t attack me.***

 

Honestly I was so disappointed on first listen. I still regularly listen to her first three albums in the car years later, and I don’t see it with this one at all. Some tracks are slowly growing on me but I still think it’s her weakest effort by far. :(

My favorite song on here is still God is a Woman, but I love Everytime too. Breathin is fine, but slightly overrated. I can’t help but think it only stands out because of the rest of the album, and that if it had been on Dangerous Woman people would say it’s just okay. The Light Is Coming, Sweetener, Successful, and Borderline are straight-up bad to me, I really don’t know what she was thinking with those. They would work as mid-00s Gwen Stefani tracks, but not for Ariana. I haven’t read many reviews or comments about it so I don’t know how this stacks up to popular opinion. This reminds me of Reputation, where the reception is mixed at first but it ends up being a grower. I saw someone say it reminds them of Yours Truly, but that’s my favorite album by her and I’m not feeling this one.

 

@Divine (and other Arianators who won’t jump down my throat) Thoughts on my thoughts?

Tbh I see where you are coming from. When I was first listening to the album, I was super underwhelmed. Only REM stood out from the first half. Once Everytime started, it started to look up from there for me. I feel like people will either LOVE the album or absolutely hate it, which imo is a lot better than everyone just feeling "meh" about it. 

I was actually thinking about Breathin yesterday. Would I be so in love with it if it were on the same album as Into You, Touch It, TBY? Is it just a 10 because the other album deep cuts are pretty middle to lower tier? Maybe, but then again maybe not. It was the song that got me hyped for the album after all and it's SMASHING across all metrics so who honestly knows. The Max and Tommy tracks definitely outshine the Pharrell tracks.

TLIC will always remain bottom of the barrel, literally no one likes it. Stans and locals alike all despise it. Sweetener is cute if you want a cheap bop. Successful sounds like they took Nintendo sound effects and it kinda works for me? Idk I hated it on first listen too but it's starting to grow on me. Borderline is another track that people either love or hate. Personally I feel like so much more could have been done with the song and the feature. It's pretty middle tier for me.

Overall I understand the points you made and kind of agree with some. It's not her strongest album, especially when her catalogue has such strong material. It's an album people will either love or hate, and who knows, it may grow on you so by the time AG5 comes out in 2020 you'll be a Sweetener stan! ari5

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Law    1,192

This album is getting so much celebrity promo off IG wow we stan taste ari7

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Just Whitney    18,298

Is this where i review as well? creep1

I've given it only one listen because yesterday i was getting ready for an event and today and tomorrow im still very busy. Raindrops was an immediate favorite because her vocals are very strong and she sounds older yet just as fresh and capable as always- despite me hating interludes that are great and open the album. Afterwards, she goes on this trap-influenced pop that is cool, but i feel tries a bit too hard to make her sound relevant yet still shine with her talent and i hate when vocalist squander their talent in order to make a hit. Listening to the album in one sitting, Light is Coming's entire existence makes sense and transitions well within the following songs. However, at first listen, i found the album a bit under what i expected. There was less versatility and wile DW was more soul diva, i feel Ariana was just trying to be the pop star here and i personally dont stan that Ari. And as much as it feels weird, No Tears and GIAW are the only things worth an 9 on the album which sucks as they are the only singles. Anyways, i'll be listening to it consistently next week hopefully and i hope it grows on me and i discover why Breathin' is such a fan fav.

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Law    1,192
46 minutes ago, Just Whitney said:

and i discover why Breathin' is such a fan fav.

 

because breathin' is pop perfection, the vocals, catchy chorus, the acapella beginnings to the second and third choruses, the electric guitar bridge serving me Dangerous Woman and Touch It teas, the electrifying synths and overall sound burn1

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Hex    903

"Borderline" really grew on me although I still can’t stop cackling when I hear Missy Elliot orgasm throughout the entire song. orangu1

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Hex    903
On 8/20/2018 at 2:13 PM, Chris Morlock said:

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Queen putting "No Tears" after the intro like it should have been on the official release. katy9

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Chris Morlock    37,826
2 minutes ago, Kuladon said:

Queen putting No Tears after the intro like it should have been on the official release. katy9

i almost wanted to delete everything after the Pete interlude but i dont really wanna rename it to be an EP kesha8 

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Hex    903
On 8/28/2018 at 8:26 PM, Chris Morlock said:

i almost wanted to delete everything after the Pete interlude but i dont really wanna rename it to be an EP kesha8 

Don't do "Borderline" like that, I enjoy Missy's orgasms and barking in the background of the song. mess1

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Chris Morlock    37,826
1 minute ago, Kuladon said:

Don't do Borderline like that, I enjoy Missy's orgasms and barking in the background of the song. mess1

her feat. was too short kesha8 

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Hex    903
6 minutes ago, Chris Morlock said:

her feat. was too short kesha8 

I take anything I can get from Missy. Still waiting for that new album that's +13 years in the making. jj2

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Rosé.    8,217

The light is coming, remains one of the most interesting tracks Ariana has ever put out kesha4

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