Review Round Up: Thank U Next by Ariana Grande

Five months after the release of Sweetener, Ariana Grande is back with a brand new album. LLLC rounds up the reviews… 

Pitchfork: “But in the rare spots where the production is grating and the writing limp, Grande makes up for it with skill and intuition. thank u, nextmay be an imperfect album but it’s a perfect next chapter.”

The Guardian: **** ” this feels like the work of a pop star previously happy to act as conduit for other people, finally working out who they are and what they want to say. Here, Grande finds her voice.” “Thank U’s survey of the peaks and valleys of the single life doesn’t ring any more or less sincere than Sweetener’s celebration of monogamy. But the new album is a little more fascinating as a study of the nebulous spaces between friendships and romantic relationships.”

GQ Magazine: “But this isn’t just an album of songs tinged with sadness. As always with Grande, her reliance triumphs on tracks such as “NASA”, a pro-“me time” anthem with an uplifting pop hook, and the album’s titular hit, which has already been lauded as one of the best breakup songs of all time.”

Variety: “Grande has quickly developed into an artist who’s internalized the need to satiate her audience as often as possible, but in effect, it hasn’t dimmed her abilities to push herself more creatively.”

The National Student: **** “thank u, next is  Grande at her most unapologetic, and she doesn’t care what you think.”

The Telegraph: **** “It’s a tonally uncertain album as a result. Grande’s mood is impossible to get a handle on as she bounces between glossy, girl-gang boasting on recent single 7 Rings to frustrated, self-imposed isolation on the cosmic bop NASA. But that’s also not to the album’s detriment. If anything Thank U, Next mirrors a very millennial kind of PTSD, where emotional highs can be sensational and distractions are easy to come by, but the lows are suffocating.”

The Independent:**** “It lacks a centrepiece to match the arresting depth and space of Sweetener’s ‘God Is A Woman’, but Grande handles its shifting moods and cast of producers with engaging class and momentum.”

Irish Times: ***** “it is is the work of an artist rooted in their specific vision and unwilling to compromise.”

Thank U, Next is available to buy now.  

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