Last spring, Ariana Grande faced something people would only think of in nightmares. A suicide bomber waited outside the Manchester Arena until the crowds let out from the pop singer’s concert, and he detonated the bomb in the foyer of the Arena. 22 innocent lives were killed, and 139 were injured. Grande made sure to let everyone know that they were in her heart, as tributes to these fans bookend her fourth album, Sweetener.
The intro to Sweetener is Raindrops (an angel cried), an acapella,the final track is get well soon, a comforting song to everyone who was affected in Manchester. The music ends at the 4:48 minute mark, but the song keeps playing dead air until it hits exactly 5 minutes and 22 seconds. A moment of silence for the victims, a tribute to the 22 lives lost, and also noting the date of the tragedy. 5/22. May 22nd.
The entire album maintains a more somber tone, still pop-likey, but not as full of power as the pop hits from her previous albums.
Sweetener also includes an adorable song named after Grande’s fiance, Pete Davidson. The lyrics definitely reflect her love for the comedian with the second verse “And I know you know that you my soulmate.” Pete Davidson is only about a minute long but it definitely showcases Grande’s immense happiness from her relationship.
The singer lifts spirits while still acknowledging last year’s tragic event in Sweetener. Grande’s album embraces all that her life has to offer and that “the light is coming to give back everything that the darkness stole.” Sweetener sheds light on the way the vocalist has reconstructed her life and how she is ready to embark on a new journey stronger than ever.
- Raindrops (an angel cried)
- Blazed (Ft. Pharrell Williams)
- The light is coming (Ft. Nicki Minaj)
- God is a woman
- No tears left to cry
- Borderline (Ft. Missy Elliot)
- Better off
- Goodnight n go
- Pete davidson
- Get well soon
– By Lily Lowndes and Amisha Talati