The seventh studio album by Rihanna, Unapologetic, has been released and her single "Diamonds" is sitting happily at No.1 the controversial songstress has got her groove back. With the remix featuring Kanye West, certified the song a hit. It's safe to say that Rihanna is passed Talk That Talk. While that album was certified two-times platinum by BPI I still felt that it missed something. Even through It had the usual great beats and catchy lyrics I still didn’t fall in love with Talk That Talk like I did with her past albums.
Rihanna's muse must have been working her overdrive with the current album. She had a limited number of guest appearances, but with names like Eminem, Future, Mikky Ekko, David Guetta, and her ex-boo thang Chris Brown, the album more than surpassed what I expected.
My favorite song on Unapologetic is "Right Now" with David, and when I close my eyes it reminds me of a rave, glow-in-the-dark sticks and glitter. LOTS of glitter.
Then there are songs like "Nobodies Business" that makes me think of Mary J. Blige and her relationship with singer K-Ci, there is a whole lot of passion but also destruction. There is no doubt that Rihanna and Brown make amazing music together but I cannot help but have this sinking feeling. The passion is there and I am just hoping this musical duo doesn’t implode.
Then there are songs like "Loveeee Song" with Future. Now Future is one of those artist that you are either going to love or hate. I’ve heard him on a couple songs and I think its all about moderation when it comes to auto-tune. Thankfully, he has struck a balance with his particular style along with the beats that he decided to record on.
Rihanna brings back the 90s with the remake of "Pony" by Ginuwine. This song is pure sex. And I am half hoping this will be one of the songs that will get a music video and they include a mechanical bull, just like the 90s’ version. I relived middle school with this song and having block parties that the park and my friends dad jumping into the dj booth telling the guy to switch song.
Another favoritie, "Jump", Rihanna strikes one out of the park with this one. In fact the entire album deserves a listen, its just so well crafted. While we may have questioned everything she has done and said leading up to this release, Rihanna for the most part has remained unapologetic for her personal choices, which I guess is fitting given the name of this stellar album—no apology necessary.