Maybe it’s just that I’ve been paying more attention to the sultry Barbadian princess known as Rihanna because of her clash with her old flame, but she’s been very busy lately. I feel like the rare times I do turn on my radio, she’s the feature voice on a track. Either way, I’ve enjoyed having the princess around.
She’s already released her fifth studio album, Loud, overseas, but tomorrow the rest of you will have the chance to get your copy. While her single Only Girl (In the World) being so addictive, this album is going to be a sure chart topper. As always, I gave the album about half a dozen or so run-throughs, and picked my favorites. Spoiler alert: I was pretty impressed. Shall we?
What’s My Name? is my first favorite off the album, with a verse from Cash Money/Young Money superstar, Drake. The verse by the new prince fits in perfectly with the pop princess, and of course follows the seductive-lyric formula that’s made Drake so popular. The beat is a very danceable one, with what I consider the perfect beats per minute to still keep the track sexy.
At first, I thought the seventh track, Man Down, was an apology letter to her ex boyfriend Chris Brown, or maybe even a bad dream she had about shooting the dancing maniac down. I’ll let you decide later. Either way, the beat was a very well balanced blend of reggae and pop, with Rihanna’s strong Barbadian accent. Additionally, this may be one of the best examples of just how high and low Rihanna’s vocal range can go. (BONUS: She calls her pistol Peggy-Sue, the same name of Jay Z’s)
While Only Girl and Raining Men (feat. Nikki Minaj) were close to my top three, I had to hand it to the girl, but the tenth track, Skin, was a damn sexy track. First of all, the only thing clean about this song was the digital kick drum. I’ll put it this way; this is definitely going on the late night rendezvous playlist for many a lover across the world. Toss in a Prince-esqe (how fitting) guitar solo at the end of the song, and you’ve got a sex beat to boot.
It’s getting close to the end of the year, and it’s almost time to make my favorite albums of the year, and this is a sure contender. For the new listeners, if you aren’t a big pop lover, this one might pull you in for a big kiss. For the old listeners, this may be her best work since her first album, if not ever. Also, this album has the second part of Love the Way You Lie and of course features our boy Eminem. For some, you may want to come for that track, and stay for the other goodies on the album.
November 16th is the US street date for this one, so be the first in line, kids.
Until next time my friends,