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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: 14 out of 23
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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. 80
    For someone so skilled at using social media to cultivate fans’ interest in her personal life, it’s striking — and more than a little moving — to hear her dreaming of seclusion. ... Though Grande’s subject matter shifts after “Shut Up,” the song’s Disney-like strings carry through the rest of “Positions,” which is brighter and sprightlier than the comparatively bleary “Thank U, Next.” ... Prudes can take comfort in the fact that Grande’s sexual liberation hasn’t come at the expense of her winningly earnest theater-kid eccentricities.
  3. 80
    Grande laid bare may well be seen as a stopgap in her canon, using taboo to checkmate her past trauma, but it does pull off the rare feat of at least sounding effortless.
  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 2, 2020
    63
    Grande’s immaculate outer shell both physically and artistically reframes her personal struggles through artifice, communicating relatability to her audience. Yet the lack of grit, grunge or goo keeps Positions distant from the listener, sitting far away, somewhere in the dark.
  6. 60
    It’s a pleasant listen, but this feels strange juxtaposed with the lyrical content that flits between brazen vulnerability and all-out raunch-fest, demanding something more. As an introduction to the next era of Grande’s career, it’s solid, but you can’t help but feel it’s missing some of her trademark sparkle.
  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
    R&B it’s for Ariana. she had this tone that makes every song feel so special and the light tone that se brings... everything, soft.
    Lyrics are
    R&B it’s for Ariana. she had this tone that makes every song feel so special and the light tone that se brings... everything, soft.
    Lyrics are so so good and so fresh
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  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
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. ÁLBUM PERFEITO, IMPECÁVEL DEMAIS
    ARIANA PRINCESA DO POP SIM! E SEM CHORO HATERS!
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  4. Oct 30, 2020
    10
    R&B perfection. Ariana has again reinvented her sound and made a beautiful cohesive album. She proves she doesn’t need to showcase herR&B perfection. Ariana has again reinvented her sound and made a beautiful cohesive album. She proves she doesn’t need to showcase her amazing vocal ability in order to make a hit album, yet she also shows us how amazing her ability is (having a whole verse in her whistle register). Positions is such an mature heartfelt album and you can really see so much growth from her last album to this. Expand
  5. Oct 31, 2020
    10
    We can feel that she had finally found her place, and she enjoys this style
  6. Oct 30, 2020
    6
    La verdad es que esperaba algo mejor. Pero en general suena muy monótono, en lugar de ser cohesivo. Cómo sea, algunas canciones tienen buenosLa verdad es que esperaba algo mejor. Pero en general suena muy monótono, en lugar de ser cohesivo. Cómo sea, algunas canciones tienen buenos ritmos, y letras divertidas tales como My Hair, o Off The Table. Expand
  7. Oct 30, 2020
    0
    Bodrio mal hecho, no se reinventa, urge retiro, siempre el mismo cerote básico

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