Review: thank u, next — Ariana Grande

Two albums in six months has a tendency to make people suspicious. In their musical snobbery, most listeners will deign that Ariana Grande’s quick output diminishes the quality of the music. They’re wrong. Released five months and twenty-two days after Sweetener (no doubt another nod to the 2017 Manchester attack), thank u, next feels like a necessary companion piece; whereas the former celebrated love and attempted to find light in the worst of situations, the latter dwells in lust and the darker corners of the singer’s psyche. It’s a dichotomy and side of Grande we haven’t really seen in…