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  • Summary: The surprise release of the sixth full-length studio release for the pop artist features guest appearances from Doja Cat, Ty Dolla Sign and the Weeknd.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
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  1. Oct 30, 2020
    84
    When it comes to music these days, Grande is all about the quickies. And “Positions” benefits from that economy and repeatability. It’s full of expertly conceived songs you wish would at least try to overstay their welcome, though there’s never any real regret when she hits the “Thank u, next” button to move on to a successor.
  2. Oct 30, 2020
    80
    positions has hints of classical and R&B — staples of Grande's previous work. Songs like the title track and "love language" weave in orchestral strings, violins and catchy backbeats to elevate the listening experience, effortlessly meshes these contrasting genres to keep her pop sound distinctive.
  3. Nov 5, 2020
    80
    With little conflict and few psychological insights, Positions zeroes in on the enviable confidence that only pop stars on top of the world and with nothing to lose can afford. It's easy to write it off as empty calories, but pop has always been described in such terms: cake, candy, chocolate, confection. Positions isn't a "sweetener" but pure sugar.
  4. 67
    There is be little risk and reward on Positions, yet Grande's simple desire to memorialize the beginnings of a new love in real-time, and the new fears it entails, has allowed her to create a body of work not beholden to the narrative of resilience. It might not make for her most arresting album nor her most dramatic, but it’s certainly her most sensuous.
  5. Nov 5, 2020
    60
    Such an intense, sustained focus does mean Positions succeeds in sounding sexy but it doesn't do much outside of that: apart from the title track, few songs stand out as individual songs, the rhythm and productions are all painted in shades of grey, and Grande disappears into the setting of her own design.
  6. Oct 30, 2020
    60
    Positions is not as immediate as the work Grande is known for, though it will find many fans. There are no tentpole hits, no obvious hooks and far too many words crammed into 14 relatively short and sometimes samey songs. But it explores new territory for the singer: new relationships, a new sound, a new sense of self.
  7. Nov 2, 2020
    50
    Grande is far too talented to be crafting forgettable pop albums, so here’s to hoping that she regains her footing soon.

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  1. Oct 30, 2020
    10
    Love it so much, Ariana has never give us an album like this, she is experimenting her beginnings beats, and i love it, letters, pruduction,Love it so much, Ariana has never give us an album like this, she is experimenting her beginnings beats, and i love it, letters, pruduction, vocals, all on point!! Expand
  2. Oct 30, 2020
    10
    Ariana has matured a lot with her musical work! We can consider it an R&B masterpiece ... With a few hints of explicit lyrics and harmoniesAriana has matured a lot with her musical work! We can consider it an R&B masterpiece ... With a few hints of explicit lyrics and harmonies with his angel voice! Far from being a POP album, however, an album with a sincere vibe. Expand
  3. Oct 30, 2020
    10
    Too good of an album. Very talented and well produced and lyrically good too!
  4. Oct 30, 2020
    10
    This is a good Ariana's album,i do not reckon,that the album is boring. Song with the Weeknd is the most beautiful and incredible.
  5. Nov 6, 2020
    10
    My favorite is pov, but all the songs are absolutely amazing! She served everything on this album! Is so **** good.
  6. Oct 30, 2020
    4
    So generic and nothing new. Boring and is pure pop with r&b elements yet her fans wanna call it "r&b" sis..
  7. Oct 30, 2020
    0
    one of the worst album of the decade, ariana you lose, you now you lose, sorry for the arianatos when they take funny of "rare" now you'reone of the worst album of the decade, ariana you lose, you now you lose, sorry for the arianatos when they take funny of "rare" now you're pain with the lenguege, Expand

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