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One of Rihanna's Weakest (ALBUM REVIEW, THE PRODUCT ITSELF WAS FINE)
on June 8, 2013
Rihanna's follow-up to the dance-tastic "Talk That Talk" fails to live up to its predecessor. Instead of songs that belong on a lively party playlist ("We Found Love", "Where Have You Been"), the songs included on "Unapologetic" can be downright depressing at times- in the dubstep-inspired ballad "What Now?", Rihanna sings "And there's no one to call 'cause I'm just playing games with them all". Albeit a good line, that pretty much sums up the vibe of this album. Yes, there are the standard, hedonistic dance-pop tunes like "Jump" and "Right Now", but they lack the sparkle and pure fun of songs like "We Found Love"- this formula is getting worn out, in my opinion. And there's also the auto-tuned messes of "Loveeeeee Song" and "Phresh Off the Runway", which grind on listeners' ears and are straight-up dislikeable. That's not to say this album doesn't have its standouts- I personally love "Love Without Tragedy" and "Half Of Me", although that's probably because Emeli Sande co-wrote "Half Of Me" so it was bound to be a great ballad. Regardless of its standouts, this album isn't worth purchasing the entire thing- I reccommend "Love Without Tragedy" and "Half Of Me".