Ariana Grande - Sweetener (2018)



  • @Playahater I can see that but for me personally this album is really boring if you take away those Pharrell songs.



  • @Pushamalicious-T obviously you’ll say that, Pharrell is probably your favourite artist

    I personally disagree. I think the fact that the only songs that charted are not produced by Pharrell demonstrates that those songs are what most people find to be the LEAST boring.

    People listen to what they like.

    You can see on Apple Music, the top streamed songs on the album. They ain’t the P songs.

    Pharrell beats don’t change. There’s no highs and lows. They are essentially loops that wax and wane throughout the song. There’s no climax. No subtlety. Just a riff that repeats with some corny 2013 era percussion. Complete with some pitched 808 that P’s been adding in the last 5 years to contemporarize his sound



  • "God is a woman" is a beast!...but tbh I haven't really listened to the other non-pharrell produced songs, nor do I care to, I didn't really listen to her before she linked up with p (with the exception of the joint she did with lil' wayne) though I have always admired her vocal skills...

    I just enjoy the pharrell produced songs too much to even bother, but GIAW is the exception and it stays in rotation with the 7 p-produced tracks....yeah I know I'm a Stan..lol


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    @Playahater god is a woman is a perfect pop song, and it’s no where near as big as it deserves to be



  • @darrenlaking

    So you really liked the ONE non-Pharrell song you heard.....

    And you think that was just a lucky coincidence?

    Hmmmmmmmmm....gotcha



  • @Playahater

    Nah bruh...I "heard" the others, but haven't "listened" to them...they didn't really grab my attention like "God Is A Woman"...

    I'm not really into the mainstream pop stuff like that, like I said I only listened to this project because of P, but nonetheless I do love her vocals...

    The closest to female mainstream pop that I listen to currently is P!nk and Alessia Cara

    Otherwise it's Hip-Hop, Rock, R&B, and The Neptunes for me...(yeah I think Chad & P are their own genre)



  • @Playahater I agree, people definitely like the non-p tracks much more, as they sound more in line with what gets streamed the most on iTunes/Apple Music. My only question is why go to Pharrell if you want something that sounds palatable to most audiences? When an artist goes in with Pharrell it’s usually bc they think he can cook something up for them that sounds unconventional but still end up becoming a hit. Is it a risk? Sure but as a listener there’s no complaints from me. And of course I’m gonna be a little biased when it comes to P, we’re having this convo on a Neptune’s fan message board lol



  • she on twitter wildin saying there's a new album coming soon and a single later tonight, soo fucking hyped cuz sweetner one of my favs of this year but feel like there's chance of having 0 P shit on this one :/


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    Her new single might be the most honest song she’s ever done. I like it and if the new album is in this style then I see no reason why P won’t be on it (other than the negative reviews last time).



  • @Mavis this sounds quite similar to the stuff she did with Cashmere Cat though production wise, feels like a step away from the Pharrell material to me. Fingers crossed though


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    @superjdoug yeah I guess my thoughts were that this sound is closer to P’s style than Max Martin.



  • That thank u, next song is dope. I didn’t used to think much of her voice, but I think she has one of the best voices outta the pop artists



  • She recorded this album in about a 1 to 2 week span with Tommy Brown, his team, and her co-writers Victoria Monet and Tayla Parx. It was very spur of the moment after Mac and the engagement with Pete collapsing. It follows a similar path when she did the Christmas & Chill EP by just holing herself up in her studio for a couple days with Tommy and knocking something out real quick. So I doubt there will be any Pharrell on it unless they had a couple of unreleased songs from Sweetener.


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    @bigmac2098 oooh sounds good. Victoria Monet was with her during the Manchester thing. So I imagine that they’re gonna have a really strong bond and make some great music together. I don’t mind if P isn’t on it.



  • @Mavis said in Ariana Grande - Sweetener (2018):

    @bigmac2098 oooh sounds good. Victoria Monet was with her during the Manchester thing. So I imagine that they’re gonna have a really strong bond and make some great music together. I don’t mind if P isn’t on it.

    She’s been working with Victoria since her first album. She was one of the opening acts along with Bia when the Manchester attack occurred.


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    @bigmac2098 yup I know I was with them when that happened. BUUUT I didn’t know that Victoria was working with Ariana since the beginning. that’s tight! I didn’t even know she was a songwriter until you mentioned it above. I just thought she was an artist



  • @Mavis did u manage to get the digits mate? Lol


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    @KevinMorow yeah from one of them 🤐



  • @Mavis said in Ariana Grande - Sweetener (2018):

    @bigmac2098 yup I know I was with them when that happened. BUUUT I didn’t know that Victoria was working with Ariana since the beginning. that’s tight! I didn’t even know she was a songwriter until you mentioned it above. I just thought she was an artist

    If it’s a Tommy Brown production with Ariana there is a 9/10 chance that Victoria helped write it lol.



  • Hey guys I took the time out to make a version of Blazed without Pharrell. I tried my best to make it smooth and seamless. It actually sounds really good.

    I was so sick of running into this track and cringing at Pharrell's parts, ruined my drives, ruined my work outs, etc. So I tried my best to make this version without the whole "YOUR MAGNETIC DEMEANOUR!!!" ugh gross

    I really like this version, so I assume some of you guys might too. It's no @Mika Edit, but i tried my best

    https://www24.zippyshare.com/v/KucN8Lnz/file.html

    I also posted this on Ariana fanpages/twitter and her fans are eating this up.

    Thank you,

    Playahater


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