15 months after the tragedy of the Manchester bombing, American pop star Ariana Grande released her fourth studio album Sweetener on August 17th via Republican Records.
The 48 minute album with 15 tracks proved different than her previous three projects. Prior to Sweetener, Grande made notable efforts to flaunt her vocal range whereas Sweetener has an honest and overall soulful meaning throughout.
In this new album, Grande laces concepts that promote general and happiness. Alongside this, through songs such as Pete Davidson, Grande tells her listeners just how much her relationship is benefiting her mental well being.
“Got me happy, happy, I’ma be happy, happy, yeah, I’ma be happy, happy. Won’t get no crying from me yeah,” Grande said.
To further amplify her hopefulness and positivity, she promotes her optimism in The Light is Coming.
“The light is coming to get back everything the darkness stole,” Grande said.
Through No Tears Left to Cry, it is evident Grande is pushing past the effects of the bombing and is moving on. She is making strong, affective efforts to give the listener an uplifting message. It seems she hopes to pass this mindset on her fans as well.
“Right now I’m in a state of mind I want to be in like all the time, ain’t no tears left to cry.”
A testament to her overall success with this album is shown with Grande reaching number 1 on Billboards 200 as of the week of September 1st. She had sold 231,000 albums in the first week. Thus suggesting she has wowed many with her impressive vocals and uplifting lyrics.
Her accomplishments have been celebrated by many with countless positive reviews. While God is a Woman is one of the most glorified tracks. Numerous media sites, such as Rappler, have provided thoughtful reviews.
“She flutters effortlessly from a soft opening to a thought-provoking chorus. The combination of her powerful lyrics, raw melody, and eloquent music video easily turned the track into a general favorite.” Ivan Layugan of Rappler said.
Ariana Grande’s Sweetener, like any other popular form of entertainment, has mixed reviews from many individuals. However, it can still be noted that her efforts and overall music career have been affected by the tragedy of last year yet despite the bombing, Grande has come out with a new sound that is amazing many.