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.