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"Never lie, truth tella'",
This review is from: Rated R (Audio CD)
I'm going to be a "truth tella", as Rihanna suggests that she is on "Hard": I listened to half of this album under the influence of Jack Daniels and Seagram's gin, so when I woke up this morning and listened to the rest of it, I made sure I went back and listened to the other tracks while sober and I feel the same way I did when I was drunk: What the hell? Rihanna is on some Thriller/goth/suicide type stuff on this album. She totally threw me off guard because I was expecting a sensational LP and got disappointed. It's a known fact that artists create their best music when they have gone through trying times, but the opposite has happened with Rihanna; she has created her worst work to date.
I guess I should have gotten the context clues about how this album was going to be when I first heard "Russian Roulette" online, because it DOES set the tone for the entire album. "Rated R" is largely comprised of dark, haunting tracks with angry lyrics. In fact, "Rude Boy" is the only escape into normalcy. I like "Rude Boy" because it brought me back to planet Earth for about four minutes. Emotional abuse is touched on in "Stupid in Love." Rihanna emotionally sings lines like, "I may be dumb but I'm not stupid" and "My new name is idiot." Powerful and personal. One thing I can say about this album is that Rihanna definitely took us inside her mind, into some of her innermost thoughts and it shows in the lyrics. You can tell that they're very personal, certain lyrics stick out like a sore thumb.
I do like Rihanna as an entertainer, but she misses the mark with "Rated R." If you are looking for Rihanna's best work, turn to "Good Girl Gone Bad." "Rated R" is a conceptual album, but I did not enjoy it overall.
P.S. Did you know that "Hard" samples The Jacksons' "Can You Feel It" and Kanye West's "Diamonds?"
Mikeisha's Top 5
2. "Rude Boy"
3. "Russian Roulette"
4. "Stupid in Love"
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Initial post: Mar 1, 2010 12:32:39 PM PST
Matthew G. Sherwin says:
Great review--and thank you for your honesty, Mikeisha!
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2010 7:16:14 AM PDT
I soo agree.. I thought she had potential after her first cd. However, this shows that she goes the pile with so many of today's artists: a one trick pony singing one bad note. This is awful!...
Posted on Nov 20, 2010 2:27:34 PM PST
i agree with your top 5. they're all my top 5 as well.
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