ARIANA GRANDE – SWEETENER
You know you’re at the top of your game when you can duet with gay trailblazer Troye
Sivan (on the slinky Dance To This), then ask
Madonna to be the voice of the almighty on
God Is A Woman. Yes, Ariana is now Grande by name and grande by nature. On this, her fourth album, she sounds like an artist ready to make her mark and make a difference. Lyrically influenced by the Manchester bombing at her concert last year (which killed 23 fans), Sweetener comes complete with a horde of guests including Pharrell Williams, Missy Elliott and Nicki Minaj. That it also sounds like Ariana put her heart and soul into this is the big leap forward we’d all hoped for.