- Audio CD (August 30, 2005)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Def Jam
- ASIN: B0009XFJ0O
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
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There's nothing like the warm spirit of the caribbean, to re-energize a dry, stale season of the same old song & dance. Introducing Rihanna, a stunning 17-yr-old from barbados who's poised & positioned to take the music world by storm. Already on teen peoples's hot list, Rihanna's powerful singing voice conjures up feelings & experiences way beyond her years....while still maintaining her youthful spirit. Besides ripping traditional reggae tracks like a seasoned dancehall Queen, she exudes the kind of energy that solidifies her as one of 05's top emerging artists. Her debut album Music Of The Sun, includes the mega summer hit 'Pon De Replay' as well as the sultry ballad 'last time', & the track masters produced 'If It's Lovin That You Want'. Island. 2005.
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Lucky to be in the right place at the right time with the right voice and song, Rihanna captured the dance scene with her catchy single "Pon De Replay", a dancehall track with Sean Paul type rhythms, and Lumidee appeal.
To lovers of Caribbean music, this is standard fare, played at parties everywhere, and although the rest of the album is likeable, there's nothing spectacular. The second track "Here I Go Again" is what we call "Lover's Rock", with a beat as old as the hills, a genre that inspired millions of bump and grind slow dances. "You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)" is another Lover's Rock remix, and although she's only 17, she sounds much older singing this type of ballad.
"Music of the Sun" is a good track, with a chorus sounding like Debarge's "Rhythm of the Night"
Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night
dance until the morning light
Forget about the worries on your mind
you can leave them all behind
feel the beat of the rhythm of the night..
oohh the rhythm of the night...ooohh yeah
Can you feel the music in the air
Let the rise of the rhythm take you there
It doesn't matter who are or where you from
Come and dance to the music of the sun
Forget about your troubles it's alright
Let `em know that you see the morning light
Hear the beat and the bodies move as one
Come and dance to the music of the sun
Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel add a little spice to the album, and other buzz-worthy songs are the dance friendly "Rush", "Let Me" and the pumping "Pon De (Replay Mix )" featuring Elephant Man.
Not a bad debut album from the young Bajan girl from the land of Sun, Surf and Sand.
Amanda Richards, September 17, 2005
1) Pon de Replay-infetious dancehall song with a booming bass and a catchy hook so irresistible, no matter what mood your in it just makes you wanna get out of your seat and dance. With that said the lyrics aren't really all that complicated but it's just a fun song to dance to- 3.5/5
2) Here I go Again- this song is off the chains, the beat is so laidback and sounds likie something you'd find in an old Kingston record shop her vocals are on point and the lyrics match the song perfectly and the rap from J-Status fits the song perfectly. A single worth song that would do extremely well. 4.5/5
3) If It's Lovin that U Want- 2nd single that will blow up on radio for sure, personally the second single should've been "here I go again" but this still works well. Produced by the trackmasters it has a nice guitar and the layered vocals and the only problem with it is that it really has no bridge but she brings it home at the end by hitting some high notes and influencing a reggae track with some slick r&b vocals. 4/5
4) You Don't Love Me (No No No) f. Vybz Kartel- Cover of Dawn Penn's original version but Rihanna's is so much better it's a shame, she covers this song so well infusing her own itwist and adding her own trills and adlibs (which she does very well) Then with the addition of Kartel on the track makes it so much better, this song has sooo much personality and is just a excellent song to lay back to and rock to. 4.5/5
5) That La, La, La- a hip hop inspired track that proves that Rihanna is capable of more than just oozing smooth seductive vocals on reggae/dancehall tracks but can do it well over a hip hop beat and does it much better than her labelmate Teairra who can learn a few lessons from Rihanna on how to make a solid album. In any case this song would do well in the urban community and would be a great crossover single.3.5/5
6) The Last Time- OMG! this song is absolutely amazing the acoustic guitars on this track make it a beautiful r&b song and her vocals are on point and the slowing down of the beat before the chorus make it such an original song that many of her contemporaries would struggle to do successflly, but her original voice suits the beat and the adlibbing near the end draws the song to a grand finale that is grande indeed. Also the lyrics are very mature "still standing tall as I walk away" and shows her innocent but yet strong take on break ups rather than the man bashing we see from many other young females. 6/5
7) Willing to Wait- This is a nice r&b track something you would hear on a quiet storm, the lyrics are appropiate for the age as many young girls her age are pressured into sex, hopefully in this case life imitates the art of this song and she continues to wait until she's old enough as she still is a young girl. Also the vocals are very strong on this song and it proves Rihanna can carry a r&b song with class and style.3.5/5
8) Music of the Sun- IMO the best song I've heard in a while, I'm absolutely in love with this song. The lyrics aren't complicated or deep, but they fit the title perfectly and make for a great song to slow wind to in the midnight hour and the beat is awesome, reggae with a beautiful acoustic guitar and a riding bass that doesn't overpower the song in the least bit. Although I think this should've been the first song on the cd as a great opener, in any case, the note she hits at the end is held perfectly and yet again she trills and adlibs beautifully without ever overdoing it like some people *cough cough* Beyoncé (still love her though) 5.5/5
9) Let Me- another hip hop inspired track that is a highlight of the album, she claims this as a fun yet naughty song, but it's not naughty at all it's just fun and playful, and she rides the beat perfectly, and the little dancehall interlude makes perfect for a dance number, should there ever be a video to it. 5/5
10) Rush f. Kardinal- T.Dot stand up Kardi represents on this track to the fullest and she returns to straight dancehall on this track. The vocals seems strained at parts, but the beat makes up for it because it's so off the cahins and as always Kardinal brings that fiyah with a hot guest appearance and this track is calling to be a single and would do wonders for Rihanna as well as putting Kardinal on the map. 5/5
11) There's a thug in my Life- A r&b/hip hop track that a lot of ladies can relate to the lyrics as with the rest of the album is age appropiate as immature as it maybe it still has a mass appeal to a young audience and her vocals are strong, however I can mind to skip this track, but when I do listen to it, the beat stands out the most as it is very catchy as much as the hook is. 3.5/5
12) Now I Know- A lovely ballad that is so beautiful and touching, she adds such a degree of class and emotion over such a relaxing r&b track that is backed simply by a piano and a arrangement of strings. The songis not oversung and just the right amount of tirlls and adlibbing adds to the overall appeal of the song, this song caters to a more mature audience with much more mature lyrics and stunning vocals. 6/5
13) Pon de Replay (remix) f. Elephant Man- a energetic remix with the Energy guy Elephant Man, he adds a new dimension pleaing alongside Rihanna to tun up de music mister deejay. 5/5
Songs= 59 /65-----> 4.5/5
A strong debut from such a young artist is very seldom these days, this album is very listenable and will stay in my cd player in heavy rotation for years. Rihanna is able to fuse r&b vocals and songs, dancehall beats, reggae and hip hop all into one amazing album.
By the way, this album is a choreographer's dream.