• Record Label: Republic
  • Release Date: Aug 17, 2018
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
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  1. 91
    A fascinating and sneakily complex pop album that adds new creative wrinkles to Grande’s already estimable repertoire.
  2. Aug 29, 2018
    90
    Ms. Grande backs up her statements with song-and-dance mastery. ... She’s her own choir, support group and posse. While a few guest vocalists (Mr. Williams, Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliott) provide a little grit for contrast, Ms. Grande sails above any fray, past or present. Her aplomb is her triumph.
  3. Aug 17, 2018
    90
    Ariana Grande’s fourth and most delightful album.
  4. 85
    Keeping the ratting trap beats across most of the tracks keeps the record bang up to date, but adding in flourishes of experimental instrumentation sees Ariana going so much further.
  5. Aug 24, 2018
    83
    Confident and empowered, Sweetener illustrates once again that Grande is an unparalleled pop chameleon.
  6. 83
    Because it deviates from what fans expected, Sweetener takes a couple rotations to sink in, but if you give it time, you’ll see Ariana Grande really threw it down when she took down her ponytail.
  7. Aug 21, 2018
    81
    Like much of Sweetener, the song is musically sparse but encompasses a kaleidoscope of vocal tones. It is here, four albums in, that the true multitudes of her voice, and by extension herself, blossom.
  8. Aug 28, 2018
    80
    An album that coheres in a way other Ariana Grande albums don't, which means Sweetener is something of a double triumph: she's come through a tough time stronger and better than before.
  9. Aug 20, 2018
    80
    That light Grande promised has helped lead her down the path toward her best album yet, and one of 2018’s strongest pop releases to date.
  10. Aug 20, 2018
    80
    The title track and R.E.M. smush together her penchant for musical theatre and 90s R&B. Everytime bridges tight melodies with synths like a large elastic band being plucked, and God is a Woman feels almost tantric, with guitars and harmonies spaced between sweaty beats.
  11. Aug 17, 2018
    80
    The songs are shiny and catchy of course. ... Yet there’s an uncommon sense of self-possession to this album--a kind of ecstatic calm--that sets it apart from everything else on Top 40 radio right now.
  12. Aug 17, 2018
    80
    Grande can really sing, which is a treat in this Auto-Tuned era. Her four-octave range has been compared favourably to Mariah Carey’s, but her style is far more delicate and understated. She rarely unleashes full power blasts but her delight in singing is transparent and her producers take full advantage, layering her all over the tracks.
  13. 80
    Ariana’s core fanbase are bound to find an instant, sugar-rush of pleasure in this fascinating side-step from an artist who – until now – has made her name by stomping down the traditional pop path.
  14. Aug 31, 2018
    70
    Grande’s new sound, the Williams-produced Not-Bangers, only make up half of the album. These standout tracks are interspersed between standard pop tracks. ... That’s not to say that the Bangers on Sweetener are bad--it’s more that they belong in previous era of Grande and they spoil the flow between songs. Sweetener may not be the dawning of a new age for Ariana but it could be a step towards somewhere weird and wonderful.
  15. Aug 17, 2018
    70
    For the most part, though, the formula results in an album that's both consistent and refined, a reflection of Grande's growing awareness of herself as an artist and her place in the world.
  16. 67
    It’s rare for an album with so many stunning moments to suddenly become so aggressively mediocre. Still, the highs of Sweetener outweigh the lows. But with such lofty highs, it’s hard to be content with the album that is and not think about what the album might have been.
  17. Aug 24, 2018
    60
    Grande is adding herself to several distinct sonic palates, putting her own indelible stamp on fundamentally disparate productions while letting them exist in different spaces. It doesn’t sound as free and natural as much of her previous work, but maybe that awkward hollowness is the point.
  18. Aug 20, 2018
    60
    Ultimately, beatmaker Tommy "TBHits" Brown outshines the veterans, co-producing two of the record's more engaging tracks--"Better Off" and "Goodnight n Go"--which are inexplicably relegated to the end of the record. Those songs manage to accomplish what the rest of the album attempts: bringing a new fire to pop-R&B's familiar formulas.
  19. 60
    Seven of the 15 tracks here have been drowned in producer Pharrell Williams’ bubblemint bounce – at points, it’s in danger of sounding more like his record than Grande’s.
  20. Aug 17, 2018
    60
    It sounds like the work of an artist torn between doing exactly what she pleases and, perhaps understandably under the circumstances, giving her audience what they want. But there’s no doubt which of these impulses is more successful artistically.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 1708 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Aug 17, 2018
    10
    sem dúvidas é o trabalho mais diferente da Ariana, ao contrário de seus álbuns anteriores, Sweetener explora outro lado da voz dela,sem dúvidas é o trabalho mais diferente da Ariana, ao contrário de seus álbuns anteriores, Sweetener explora outro lado da voz dela, literalmente algo mais "sweet". Grande com este álbum assume riscos em sua carreira ao unir-se com Pharrell Williams que vem de um vasto histórico de canções "fora de sincronia" do que está fazendo sucesso hoje em dia, explorando outras formas, como por exemplo em the light is coming que é totalmente diferente do que está no topo dos charts hoje em dia Full Review »
  2. Aug 17, 2018
    10
    Sweetener is the perfect mix of pop and R&B. The album has a very special massage, where she sings about her anxiety and honouring the victimsSweetener is the perfect mix of pop and R&B. The album has a very special massage, where she sings about her anxiety and honouring the victims of the Manchester attack in May 2017. The album consists of powerful bops such as ”no tears left to cry” and ”breathin”. Nothing can go wrong when one of the worlds most famous music artists collaborates with top producer Pharrell. This masterpiece is really different from her previous albums and is definitiely worth a listen. Full Review »
  3. Aug 17, 2018
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Sweetener is probably Ariana's weakest and worst album. The songs are not catchy at all, the choruses are as basic as can get, and the production is just okay. With only 3 good songs (Breathin, No Tears Left To Cry and God Is A Woman), Ariana Grande didn't deliver at all with Sweetener. If one song summarizes how the whole album sounds, it would be 'The Light Is Coming' (and that isn't a good thing considering TLIC is one of the worst songs, if not the worst song on Ariana's 4th studio album). An album that should be forgotten as quick as possible. Full Review »