thank u, next - Ariana Grande

8.4

Pitchfork

7.9/10

Rolling Stone

8.0/10

AV Club

9.1/10

Consequence of Sound

9.2/10

NME

8.0/10

AllMusic

9.0/10

Entertainment Weekly

8.7/10

The Line of Best Fit

9.0/10

The Guardian

8.0/10

Slant

7.0/10

Released five months after the catharsis of Sweetener, these songs of affirmation feel lighter, freer, and more fun, carried effortlessly by Grande’s undeniable voice. –Rawiya Kameir (Pitchfork)

Thank U, Next is just a woman and a mood, taking that mood out for a drive until she pedal-to-the-metals it right off a cliff. What a glorious pop rush it is—the album version of one of those emergency break-up karaoke sessions with a few therapeutic hours of Mary J. Blige and Toni Braxton songs. –Rob Sheffield (Rolling Stone)

Thank U, Next skillfully toys with the tension between universal sentiments and deeply personal confessions. –Annie Zaleski (AV Club)

thank u, next is a personal statement from a generational talent who is still only 25 years old. And maybe that’s the most exciting part: Ariana Grande is just now entering her prime. –Wren Graves (Consequence of Sound)

Grande is someone who knows trauma inside out, given her recent experiences. Her latest album, ‘Thank U, Next’, is a kind of tribute to that and to resilience and finding strength in the darkest of moments. –Rhian Daly (NME)

Such sentiments are the product of 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. –Stephen Thomas Erlewine (AllMusic)

Instead, it’s a lovely, intimate collection that embraces its essential paradox of being both a grand pop statement and a bedroom-pop wonder. –Maura Johnston (Entertainment Weekly)

It’s contradictory, assured yet tender. It’s delicate but strong. It’s sweet pop music wrapped in an unbreakable metal shell. It’s beautiful but vulgar. It is, frankly, much more than we could have ever hoped for from her. –Ross Horton (The Line of Best Fit)

Just six months after acclaimed album Sweetener, Grande further unpicks her recent emotional devastation – and finally finds her own voice –Michael Cragg (The Guardian)

Thank U, Next is easily Grande’s most sonically consistent effort to date, even if that means some of the album’s sleek R&B tracks tend to blur together. –Sal Cinquemani (Slant)

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