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  • Summary: The fifth full-length studio release for the pop singer features production from Charles Anderson, Tommy Brown, Michael Foster, Max Martin, Happy Perez, Ilya Salmanzadeh, and Andrew "Pop" Wansel.
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ghostin
[Verse 1] I know you hear me when I cry I try to hold it in at night While you're sleeping next to me But it's your arms that I need this time (This... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Feb 15, 2019
    91
    Of course, the album is a highly polished product and not some diary page. But it feels lived in, truthful, authentic.
  2. Feb 7, 2019
    90
    A singer who not only knows what she wants but knows that she's wanted, and that attitude unites and propels thank u, next through its ballads and R&B jams, turning it into an album that embodies every aspect of Ariana Grande, the grand pop star.
  3. Feb 20, 2019
    90
    thank u, next builds on Sweetener by switching modes of scale. It’s less about looking at the world than being by yourself, more focused on the textures of memory than our actions stemming from it. ... thank u, next is also Ariana’s most stunning vocal album.
  4. 80
    An album that ultimately serves as both an emancipation and a proclamation, Grande fully bending her collaborators to her will instead of merely playing in their sandboxes, and creating a blissful fusion of pop and R&B that is entirely her own.
  5. Feb 12, 2019
    80
    This is one of the year’s best pop albums so far, even in a 2019 that’s already turning out to be a great one for new music. Thank U, Next makes you suspect that the best Ariana is yet to come.
  6. Feb 8, 2019
    80
    Her strongest body of work to date.
  7. Feb 19, 2019
    60
    [7 Rings] is a hit, but isn’t actually all that great, using Rodgers and Hammerstein’s My Favourite Things as its sing-song musical base. The rest of the album remains of interest for its evolutions in sound, delivery and attitude.

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  1. Feb 13, 2019
    10
    This was a great, cohesive effort by Ariana Grande and one of her best song-writing.
  2. Feb 9, 2019
    10
    Amzing! Ariana show us a new type of music, thank u, next is very good album and it deserve a score up to 80 like sweetener and Yours Truly
  3. Sep 4, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This album is so good, is one of the best of 2019, or the best, it has R&B and pop sounds that it lov Expand
  4. Oct 30, 2020
    10
    álbum perfeitooo, em todos os sentidos, eu ameiii, tanto de 7 rings até ghostin, só músicas perfeitas
  5. Feb 11, 2019
    10
    As the work progresses, Ariana Grande is more and more focused. "Thank U, Next" proves this. Sincere songs, that's what Ariana wanted to getAs the work progresses, Ariana Grande is more and more focused. "Thank U, Next" proves this. Sincere songs, that's what Ariana wanted to get through. It may be a fast album, but it's simple and refreshing.
    Her previous one was great, and she wants to show that in this work she came right away to put her place in the music world.
    Her recent album comes with a woman who does not care what they say about her
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  6. Feb 16, 2019
    6
    I guess this album I do have to get something off my chest a little bit. Ariana Grande has certainly worked hard and been through a hell of aI guess this album I do have to get something off my chest a little bit. Ariana Grande has certainly worked hard and been through a hell of a lot to get where she is today. She is undoubtedly one of the biggest pop stars on the planet right now, and if her success matches her last 2 albums, she could become a huge household name and path the way for new and upcoming artists in years to come. But not if she continues to make music like this.

    Ariana started off creating music that was suited to her. It was her style, and for me, that’s why I loved about her. I loved this whole bubblegum pop, the innocence of a new artist confessing her love for guys and creating these really happy songs, and whilst I understand that Ariana has evolved, she has evolved on the wrong path. She has been caught up in this “trend” of trap music and songs that are being played on the radio now. Ariana for me, doesn’t need to do that. She could make any song she wanted and it would be a hit. I’m not sure if tis is because this is genuinely the type of artists that she wants to be, or if this is simply just because her and her team are playing it safe and they know that releasing this kind of music would nab the attention. I do hate to say it because Ariana has the potential to really blow sit out of the park, and we’ve seen her do that.

    Whilst I grasp the concept that this album was released and recorded as part of therapy for Ariana, I feel like this album has been rushed in moer ways than one. A lot of the tracks are the same start to finish. Same melodies, same baking track… I don’t feel like this album takes you on a journey. There are the few exceptions, but I just don’t get the whole Ariana Grande package. There are a lot of people that will disagree with me, but I feel like we’re losing the Ariana Grande that had her own body of work and image and was creating music that could have longevity, to releasing those quick fire singles that burn out after 3 months, and it’s a shame because Ariana is probably one of the last real genuinely talented artists out there at the moment that could reach and do so many iconic things in her career, but she’s fitting into this mould of money making, music trend artist, and they just aren’t remembered.

    Favourite song? ghostin or bloodline
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  7. Aug 30, 2019
    0
    Worst album of all time. So boring and Ariana Grande is so boring and she has nothing to her. The album is so disappointing ever than ever.

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