Ariana Grande’s new album ‘Sweetener’ gone sour

Audrey Kelly, Staff Writer

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Ariana Grande’s new album, Sweetener, was finally released on Aug. 17 after she teased fans all summer, watching them all wait in anticipation and excitement. This comes after almost radio silence for two years from her in regards to music, and people had high expectations. Myself included.

Her videos for her first two singles to come out over the wait, “No Tears Left to Cry” and “God is a Woman,” have accumulated over 618 million views on youtube alone, with only one million of those being from me.

With that, I waited and waited for midnight to strike on Aug. 17 so I could at last hear the angelic vocals of Miss Grande, but was underwhelmed to hear nothing but “cutesy,” almost kid-like melodies blasting through my room with songs such as “Successful” and “Blazed”.

While I did enjoy most of the songs,my favorites being “R.E.M” and “get well soon,” it almost felt as if I was lied to about what kind of album to expect. I was ready to cry at how beautiful her voice was and annoy my family with the fact that she can hit any note given to man, but unfortunately, that dream fell flat. I still believe all of that to be true, the album itself does not show her true talent when it comes to range.

However, after a couple days, I found myself loving every song. Some of them may sound a little juvenile at first, but I have to admit, Ariana Grande knows how to make catchy music.

It may not be my favorite, but the songs that were once childlike, now make me want to dance wherever I am and fill me with happiness. One could say this album comes full circle by resembling something of a Sour Patch Kid: first it’s sour, then it’s sweet.

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