Super Short Review: Rihanna ~ Loud

17 Nov

This is going to be a short one, but I just had to get the good word out there that Rihanna has redeemed herself in my estimations.  As you may recall…I did not like Rated R…At all.

While this album may not be a return to the heavy/dark beats of Good Girl Gone Bad, at least the album has a pulse, there’s life flowing through the veins of these tracks, and it’s a really really fun listen.

She actually looks kinda quiet there...

The Good: Cheers (Drink to That), Only Girl (In the World), Love the Way You Lie Pt. 2 (Eee!)

The Bad: California King Bed, Skin

The Ugly: Man Down

A word on the good: “Cheers” has this awesome tendency of sounding nostalgic about songs that are only a few years old. A return of Rihanna’s accent which hasn’t really been seen since her debut, the sample? of Avril Lavigne and the phrase “Freakin’ Weekend” which I haven’t heard in years all give this song a bit of good times fun.  As for “Love the Way You Lie Pt. 2”, I’m pretty sure there was never a chance that song wasn’t going to be good.

My biggest complaint probably comes from the fact that Rihanna has decided that she’s a big girl now, and should apparently, be making as many sexual references as possible.  In general I don’t have a problem with that, but with Rihanna it just feels forced and out-of-place, and it leaves me a bit disappointed.  The opener is patently ridiculous, but has a great beat, so I can kind of ignore it…kind of.

There’s some moments that are a bit misguided (why are there so many rock guitar solos on this thing?), and a few lifted bits of other music (California King Bed sounds like a mixture of Taylor Swift and Fergie’s “Big Girl’s Don’t Cry”).  But, aside from a few complaints such as those, this album is a great listen.  It’s also a more manageable length, which is always pleasant to find in pop music.

This album gets a lenient 7/10.

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