Editors’ Notes It’s no coincidence that the cover photo for Ariana Grande’s fourth album is her first not in black and white. She told Jimmy Fallon that Sweetener is “about bringing light to a situation or someone’s life, somebody else who brings light to your life, or sweetening the situation.” It’s a powerful statement, coming only a year after the devastating attack at her 2017 Manchester concert that killed 22 people and injured over 500. Grande responded with Sweetener a gorgeous, pastel album about love, happiness, strength, and womanhood. She’s deeply in love, evidenced on the tropical “blazed” and (literally) dreamy “R.E.M”; she exits a toxic relationship in “better off”; “God is a woman” is a feminine, sex-positive anthem, and “get well soon” is a self-care message she wrote immediately following a panic attack. It’s also musically surprising—sparse rhythms and airy harmonies replace many of the huge beats and choruses she’s famous for.

SONG
raindrops (an angel cried)
1
0:37
 
blazed (feat. Pharrell Williams)
2
3:16
 
the light is coming (feat. Nicki Minaj)
3
3:48
 
R.E.M
4
4:05
 
God is a woman
5
3:17
 
sweetener
6
3:28
 
successful
7
3:47
 
everytime
8
2:52
 
breathin
9
3:18
 
no tears left to cry
10
3:25
 
borderline (feat. Missy Elliott)
11
2:57
 
better off
12
2:51
 
goodnight n go
13
3:09
 
pete davidson
14
1:13
 
get well soon
15
5:22
 

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