COLLEGE KIDS REACT TO ARIANA GRANDE – SWEETENER (Full Album Reaction)

COLLEGE KIDS REACT TO ARIANA GRANDE – SWEETENER (Full Album Reaction)

August 25, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


– This song gets to me.
– She’s so pretty and talented. ♪ (industrial intro) ♪ – (FBE) So today, we’re gonna
watch some music videos and play you selections
of every song from “Sweetener,” the newest album by Ariana Grande.
– Oh, okay. I haven’t heard her new album,
but I have liked the single. – She did so good on this album.
She did this specifically for me. I don’t care what anybody says. – (FBE) What do you think
of the name of the album, “Sweetener”? – “Sweetener”? I think
it’s really cute. Her music is just so happy
and bubbly, and she’s just such a sweet human
that it fits perfectly. – (FBE) So, the first track
is an intro called “raindrops.” It’s a cover of a 1950s track
by The Four Seasons. – Oh, maybe I’ve heard the original.
I’m not sure. – ♪ When raindrops fell ♪ ♪ Down from the sky ♪ – Dude, her voice is amazing.
– She has that nice voice. – ♪ An angel cried ♪
– I feel like these headphones can’t even handle
these notes right now. – ♪ (sustains note) ♪ – Man. Girl can sing! – She’s got the frickin’ voice
of an angel. – (FBE) The next song is “blazed”
and features musician Pharrell, who also produced seven
of the 15 tracks. – Oh shoot. I didn’t know Pharrell
was so invested in the album. – ♪ I can’t believe
that you’re here ♪ – I love Pharrell’s production. – ♪ What are the odds
that you would appear? ♪ – Mm. I like this vibe.
– I just love it so much! – Ooh, there he is. – (Pharrell)♪ I can see it right now ♪
– (giggles) – ♪ I thought that I was dreaming ♪
– The harmonies, ah! I’m a harmony man. If the harmonies
are like (slaps hands) — like, they’re laying together
like that I’m like, “Yeah, it’s a good song.” – It’s really, really cool
when a producer and an artist that maybe you never even thought
knew each other or would collab on something, they collab
and they create something special. – (FBE) Up next,
we have the music video for “the light is coming”
featuring Nicki Minaj. – Ah, interesting.
– (Nicki) ♪ Ay, yo ♪ – I love the beat on this, too.
And Nicki Minaj, I’ve listened to some of her stuff,
but this is a great collaboration. – (Nicki) ♪ Aww, your bum knee ♪
♪ Now I’m the bad guy ♪ ♪ Call me Chun-Li ♪
– This is different. – ♪ The light is coming ♪
– This is all right. There’s nothing memorable about it. – ♪ …tell you
shit that you’ve been through ♪ ♪ They are so confused ♪
♪ Who cares about the rational? ♪ ♪ If it ain’t your view ♪
♪ That’s the bottom line ♪ – How is this the first time
I’m hearing this? – Not bad. But I like her
other ones better. What I like about Ariana Grande
is her voice and stuff, and so that was not really
showcasing it that well. – ♪ Excuse me, I love you ♪ ♪ I know that’s not the way… ♪ – I like this.
– ♪ I watch another girl ♪ – I love her! (exclaims)
– ♪ Before you speak, don’t move ♪ ♪ ‘Cause I don’t wanna wake up ♪
– I love the background noise. It just sounds so peaceful.
– ♪ ‘Cause you’re such a dream ♪ – Yeah, that’s more kind of
the Ariana Grande stuff that I’m used to
that I really like. – It has something,
like a spice to it, but then it’s just very still,
calm, and very what she always does. – (FBE) Next up is the video
for “God is a woman.” – Ahh! This is– oh,
this is my favorite single from her. – I remember the other video
they’ve done on this with the elders. – (Melvin) Looks like porn.
– That’s what made me listen to it. – I don’t think I’ve actually
seen the music video for this. – ♪ …that you can’t fight, my one ♪
♪ It lingers when we’re done ♪ – (sings along) ♪ You’ll believe
God is a woman ♪ – I love that intro
that she did right there. – ♪ I don’t wanna waste
no time, yeah ♪ – This is a good song.
– ♪ You ain’t got a one-track… ♪ – I’m so glad this song blew up
as big as it did. – This is really pretty.
– ♪ I can be all the things you told me not to be ♪
– The visuals are incredible. This whole thing, awesome. – The track for me
feels super generic, but the message is super interesting,
so I feel a little conflicted. – ♪ I like the way… ♪
– I’m probably gonna get so much hate,
but I actually skip this one. I don’t like this one. – I like the ad libs
in the background. – ♪ …heights unknown ♪
♪ So, when they… ♪ – I don’t know how I feel
about this song. – It’s just pretty basic.
– ♪ When life deals us cards ♪ ♪ Make everything taste
like it is salt ♪ – I love this. – ♪ …through like
the sweetener you are ♪ ♪ To bring the bitter taste… ♪
– I like this a lot. – ♪ …to a halt ♪
♪ And then you get it, get it, get it, get it ♪
– Oh, I have heard this. Apparently, people didn’t really
like it, ’cause of this part, like, “Get it, get it, get it.”
I think it adds a nice element to it, though!
– The really stupid trap beat and snare in the back
and the chorus, just, no. No! Ariana, you’re better than this!! – ♪ Tonight, I’m a baller, babe ♪
♪ Tonight, I’m a baller, baby ♪ – I like this one
ever since the first second. I like it. – This is more like her old stuff. – ♪ Say, bae, you should play
with me, babe ♪ – This one kind of gives me
a jazz vibe. – ♪ And have this fun
and be successful ♪ ♪ I’m so successful ♪
– I like the concept. It’s a concept
that everybody’s doing now, like self-empowerment.
– I like it. It’s like giving yourself
a pat on the back, you know? Like, “You got this, girl.” – ♪ You get high and call… ♪
– (sighs) Oh. (chuckles) This song gets to me. – ♪ Why, oh why… ♪
– I feel this a bit more. – ♪ …keep bringing me back to you ♪ ♪ I get drunk,
pretend that I’m over it ♪ – Her voice just can’t do
any wrong either, though. None of these songs
are any weaker than the others. – She was on “Sam & Cat”
and “Victorious.” Within the last five years,
she started to really break through as an artist. – ♪ Some days, things just take… ♪
– Oh, I’ve heard this song. – ♪ …of my energy ♪
♪ I look up and the whole room’s spinning ♪
– That’s cool. – ♪ Just keep breathin’ and breathin’
and breathin’ and breathin’ ♪ ♪ I know I gotta keep,
keep on breathin’ ♪ – This one’s chill.
– I like songs with more of a meaning behind it,
and she’s so smart and so grounded that I wanna hear more
of that on the album. – (FBE) Next up is a video
for “no tears left to cry,” the lead single for the album.
It was widely understood as an anthem of healing
and hope in the wake of the Manchester terrorist bombings
that took place in 2017 during one of her live performances.
– Oh, I remember that. – Oh my god. I totally forgot
that happened with her. Oh yeah, that was so devastating. – ♪ Right now,
I’m in a state… ♪ – Oh, I think I’ve heard this song. – ♪ I wanna be in… ♪
– I always get chills when I listen to this. – ♪ Ain’t got no tears
left to cry ♪ ♪ So, I’m pickin’ it up,
pickin’ it up ♪ ♪ I’m lovin’, I’m livin’,
I’m pickin’ up ♪ – You can just feel the emotion
when she sings, and I love that. – ♪ Shut… ♪
– (sings along) ♪ Your mouth ♪ – ♪ And if you don’t know ♪
♪ Then now you know it, babe ♪ ♪ Know it, babe ♪
– She’s good. – ♪ Right now,
I’m in a state of mind ♪ – This feels like classic Ariana
in the best way. – She’s so pretty and talented. – ♪ …pickin’ it up ♪
♪ I’m lovin’, I’m livin’, I’m pickin’ it up ♪ – She’s very sassy with her music.
I think I like that. – She put on a free concert,
brought out a ton of stars, raised a ton of money.
That’s amazing. She’s using her platform for good. – (FBE) So, the next song
is called “borderline” and features Missy Elliott.
– Oh, dang! That’s a throwback.
I haven’t heard that name in a while. – ♪ Once you tastin’ my ice cream,
I bet you won’t ever leave ♪ ♪ I know it’s hard to believe ♪
– Ooh, I like this. It’s kind of funky. – (Missy) ♪ I’m like, you got me… ♪
– Yes! – (Missy) ♪ Got me feeling
so out of place ♪ ♪ Think ’bout you… ♪
– Missy’s still got it. – Everybody loves Missy.
You just have to. – (Missy) ♪ Not tryna cuff you
or crowd your space ♪ ♪ I’m tryna find you words
just to say ♪ ♪ “Dang, you fine and…” ♪
– I like how she’s going with all female rappers.
– ♪ Baby, I just want you to be mine ♪
– I could tell Pharrell produced this one.
– ♪ Won’t you give me a bit of your time, oh ♪
– This slaps. I’m gonna throw this on
and “sweetener.” Those are my two
off this album so far. – Ariana Grande definitely has
a bit of a younger fan base, so I’m wondering if this is
their first exposure to Missy Elliott. – (FBE) The next track, “better off”
is rumored to be about her ex-boyfriend,
rapper Mac Miller. – Oh. Did they date?
I missed that. – ♪ Steering clear
of any headaches to start ♪ ♪ And if we’re being honest ♪
– I remember I was such a fan of those two.
I was like, “Ariana and Mac Miller are gonna be together forever.” – ♪ I’m better off
without him ♪ – Aww, that’s sad.
– That is really honest. It’s really pretty, though. – ♪ …that I’m better off
not being around ya ♪ – She sounds so sweet.
Passively aggressive sweet. – ♪ I swear my love is a curse,
make you head over shoes… ♪ – Feel that groove?
– ♪ …head over shoes ♪ ♪ Let’s put them topics to bed
and go [bleep] on the roof ♪ – Oh my god.
She got explicit. (giggles) – Her putting it on the album
was just, “I’m gonna tell the world and be done with it so people
stop spreading rumors and lies.” – ♪ I got you, I got you dreamin’ ♪
♪ You close your eyes and you’re screamin’ ♪
– Again with that beat. – ♪ I know you love how I tease it ♪ ♪ Why’d you have to be so cute? ♪
– Ooh, I really like the effects. – ♪ …impossible to ignore you, ah ♪
♪ Why must you make me… ♪ – I will say the album’s
very cohesive. All the songs seem to fit together,
which is good. – ♪ …we get along so well ♪
♪ Just say goodnight and… ♪ – Okay, the drop is more like EDM. – That surprised me.
That’s kind of out of your regular, but, I mean, all right, Ariana. – I love it. EDM is becoming
so mainstream now. It’s great. – (FBE) So the next song
is titled “pete davidson.” – The one she’s engaged
to right now, right? Okay. – ♪ I thought you into my life, whoa ♪
♪ Look at my mind, yeah ♪ ♪ No better place or a time, look ♪
♪ How they align ♪ – This is adorable. – ♪ Universe must have my back ♪
– Aww. – She sounds happy.
– ♪ And I know you know that you’re my soulmate
and all… ♪ – I love the difference
between this one and the one about her ex. – I think it’s weird, though,
that she put her breakup song and then her new relationship song
in the same album. That’s kind of shady.
– We all have opinions about celebrities’ personal lives
and stuff. I also don’t think it’s any of our business, though.
Who cares if they started dating in May and then got engaged
in the next? That is their relationship! – (FBE) Finally,
we have “get well soon.” The song finishes
with 40 seconds of silence, bringing the total running time
of the song to five minutes and 22 seconds, the same date
of the Manchester attack on May 22nd. – Like, it’s just silence,
but when you think about that… (softly) She’s so creative. – ♪ Yeah, we talking about it ♪
♪ To deal with it ♪ ♪ Don’t try to get by it ♪
– Interesting. – ♪ Ain’t no time to deny it ♪
– I like the piano in it. – ♪ You can work your way
to the top ♪ – This is uplifting. – ♪ I don’t care who is gone ♪
♪ I don’t care who is gone ♪ ♪ You shouldn’t be alone ♪
♪ You shouldn’t be alone ♪ – Ooh, all those harmonies there. – I feel like she’s really
taking influences from 2000s R&B singers
in this song. – ♪ You can feel it, feel it ♪
(bell rings softly) – Just that little… at the end.
Oh, man. – This one and the other one
dedicated to the attack, those are my favorites just ’cause
there’s more emotion to them. – The only songs that I heard
that were different were just three songs,
and the rest of the songs sounded like things
she has done before. But the lyrics and the meaning
of it were different. It was more of
a more mature Ariana Grande. – (FBE) So finally, after listening
to “Sweetener” today, do you think this is an album
you will listen to again or is it one and done for you? – One and done,
except for a couple songs. – I’m for sure listening to it. – I don’t see myself
really listening to it. Not my cup of tea really. – Yeah, of course.
I love what she puts out. – I’m definitely gonna go
on my Spotify and then download some songs.
I’ve always though Ariana Grande was pretty meh, like,
there’s nothing special about her. But after this album,
she’s very unique and a special artist now.
– I’ve been listening to her for a while now.
She’s so impressive. She really knows how
to give fans what they want and then some. And it’s like,
this is that album. It was like she already had me,
and then she pushed it over. And I’m like, “Thank you.” – Thanks for watching
this “sweet” episode of College Kids React,
and shoutout to Lisa Kazmier. – What other artists
should we react to next? Let us know in the comments.
And shoutout to Alicia Bruno. – Shoutout to all
the Arianators out there! See ya. – Hi, guys. JC here,
producer here at FBE. Make sure to subscribe
to this channel and to subscribe
to the React Channel. We have an Ariana Grande
lyric breakdown there. Make sure to check it out.
Bye, guys.