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Music Review: Ariana Grande - Sweetener

From its upside down cover photo to the off-kilter music inside, Grande’s fourth album is clearly meant as the ponytailed pop singer’s Mature Artistic Statement. The quirkier tracks come courtesy of singer-rapper-producer Pharrell Williams, of “Happy” fame, while the more straightforward offerings are the work of Swedish hitmaker Max Martin. Grande makes no direct reference to the terrorist attack at her May 2017 Manchester concert that killed 23 people and injured another 500, although one bubbling, infectious Williams number has Grande half-rapping “The light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole.” She addresses her clinical anxiety on “Breathin’” and “Get Well Soon,” the la...
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Ariana Grande - My Everything

With the infectious, sax-driven jam “Problem,” Grande already has one of the songs of the summer. The bouncy first single from her sophomore album topped the iTunes chart in over 50 countries and set the 21-year-old Florida singer well on her way. Grande’s certainly got the right team behind her, including manager Scooter Braun (Justin Bieber) and producer Max Martin (Britney Spears), the man responsible for “Problem” and three other tracks on the new album. She’s also now dating rapper Big Sean with whom she collaborated on last year’s “Right There” and again on her latest single, the laid-back ballad “Best Mistake.” But Grande, known for her Mariah Carey-style power vocals and signature ha...
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