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Multi-platinum, Grammy-Award nominated artist Ariana Grande to release highly-anticipated album, Sweetener, via Republic Records on 8/17. Album includes smash hit, "no tears left to cry," which closed out the US Top 40 radio panel week-of impact and made Ariana the first artist to kick-off four album campaigns with a Top 10 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The pre-order will launch with new track "the light is coming (feat. Nicki Minaj)."
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5.67 x 5 x 0.28 inches; 3.6 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Republic
- Original Release Date : 2018
- Date First Available : June 20, 2018
- Label : Republic
- ASIN : B07FGCX8BS
- Number of discs : 1
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I gave this 4/5 stars because I did not fully like this vinyl pressing and master. The best part of this master is that it is obviously not brickwalled (hyper compressed and clipped audio) by the loudness wars that begun after c. 1995. I can hear new details that were drowned out by the loudness in the digital masters (CD, Tidal MQA, Amazon Ultra HD, MP3s, etc). There's tiny details that come to life with this mix, and I highly appreciate them.
I did not like that this pressing had many clicks, pops, and tearing hisses especially in 'i' and 's' sounds/pronunciations. It was worse on side 1 and 2 (first vinyl). The second vinyl was much quieter. The audio in this mix seems to be mastered in a sub-par manner which deafens frequencies above 16-18 KHz. I possibly attribute this to being a foreign UK pressing by Polydor Records, or an inadequate RIAA equalization curve applied (some alternative variant?). I have seen this issue in previous Vinyl records from the UK like Adele's 25. USA pressed Vinyl records seem to have the best mastering and pressing technique nowdays. I picked up Kelly Clarkson's Breakaway in Gold Vinyl from Urban Outfitters and it has the best pressing I've heard to date, all frequencies are resonant up to 30KHz as seen in a frequency spectrometer. I purchased thank u, next here on Vinyl in the black album format (not from Target). I now fear this Vinyl will have these similar mastering issues, so I'll have to get the Target (hopefully USA Pressing) version just to compare. This Vinyl was available from Urban Outfitters but I'm not sure where that version was pressed and mastered.
On the music, it is 10/10. Many have bashed Pharrell's involvement in this album, but he did a great job. The vocals and sound elements are as expected from Ariana, nothing to complain on that. I only rate this 4/5 due to the issues mentioned above.
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It's a beautiful album that you can hear she put a lot of work and her heart into. I prefer a more upbeat album myself, but I still love this and take fun in 'blazed' 'the light is coming' and 'no tears left to cry'. A very mature theme and would reccomend.