You would imagine that she would be a one hit wonder. But actually, this CD has some pretty good material. Pon Da Reply was definitely a hit of that summer. It's not a Dancehall album so basically it does not fit into any one category. There are ballads, hip hop/R&B and of course dance hall. I think the fusion of these types is really good and this album is definitely one worth listening to. Again, Rihanna is no one hit wonder based on the quality of songs I have heard on the CD, people just need to listen for themselves and don't get caught up in all these reviews.
My favorite tracks are "Pon Da Replay" (original and remix), "Here I Go Again," "If It's Lovin' that You Want," "You Don't Love Me (No! No! No!)," "Music of the Sun," "Rush," and "There's A Thug In My Life" (which does have a familiar beat).
The only flaw I see with Rihanna is that she doesn't have a lot of passion in her voice or performances, but she works with what she's got and produces wonderful harmonizing. There is one or two filler tracks, yes, like "Willing To Wait", but this CD has a lot more good material than bad. This album is enjoyable to listen to and worth having into your collection.