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  • Audio CD (Aug. 30 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0009XFJ0O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,864 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pon De Replay
2. Here I Go Again
3. If It's Lovin' That You Want
4. You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)
5. That La, La, La
6. The Last Time
7. Willing To Wait
8. Music Of The Sun
9. Let Me
10. Rush
11. There's A Thug In My Life
12. Now I Know
13. Pon De Replay (Remix)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Juanita Williams on Oct. 6 2005
Format: Audio CD
I bought this cd a couple of days ago and I have already memorized every song on this cd! Numbers 11 (There's A Thug In My Life) and 12 (Now I Know) are my personal favorites! I absolutely love how Rihanna blends the sounds of R&B with the unique sounds of Reggae and Reggaton! Keep up the good work Rihanna I'm sure your next cd will be a hit like this one!
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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.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jenny from da roc on Sept. 19 2005
Format: Audio CD
only bought it for one track (track#3). i dunno... maybe the cd will grow on me.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Fresh off the boat Sept. 16 2005
By Amanda Richards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A fresh new female face of reggae has hit the USA, compliments of Jay-Z and Def Jam, and to the vacationing producer and his wife who stumbled upon Rihanna in her home turf in Barbados.

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
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Surpisingly Good Sept. 5 2005
By Dear - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First off I must say that Rihanna is a beutiful lady and is extremely talented. I'm going to do a song by song diagnosis. So to start off:

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

Vocals= 4/5



Overall= 4/5

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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great debut! Sept. 2 2005
By Slimm Tripp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Rihanna, a new artist signed to Jay-Z's Def Jam, comes with a straight fire debut. She combines R&B and Caribbean/Reggae together and it comes out great. Definately a great buy which everyone needs to purchase.

Pon De Replay - 10/10 - The first single, and everyone's heard it. Definately fire.

Here I Go Again - 8.5/10 - Not the best beat, but Rihanna kills it!

If It's Lovin' That You Want - 7/10 - Nice beat, but not a good performence by Rihanna. Not my choice for the second single.

You Don't Love Me (No, No, No) - 5/10 - How many times has this song been redone? Jae Millz definately killed his version though. Anyway, Rihanna does do a good job on the chorus, and I just don't like the verses, along with the beat and the whole vibe of it.

That La la La - 9/10 - A CRAZY beat, which Rihanna gets a good chorus over. Nice job.

The Last Time - 9/10 - A slower song with a soothing guitar. A breakup song basiclly. The R&B side, which this song she pulls off great.

Willing To Wait - 6/10 - Another R&B song, which isn't too good this time around. Seems like it lasts forever, which isn't a good sign.

Music of the Sun - 7/10 - Being that the album title is basiclly Music of the Caribbean, I would predict a much more up-tempo song here like earlier in the album. But, no. It's still okay, a little more up-tempo than the last two songs, but it's not good, a little repetitive. More like an intro, or at least a song early in the album, not halfway through.

Let Me - 7/10 - A nice start, and Rihanna jumps in and kills it! Nice beat, and a more R&B inspired Hip-Hop kind of song. Really reminded of Amerie. If I heard this on the radio, I might've thought it was her! But, doesn't flow with the rest of album, and sort've thwrows you off.

Rush ft. Kardinall Offishall - 7/10 - Nice performence by Kardinall, and a nice beat, but another R&B/Hip-Hop Rihanna, which doesn't sound too good. This song is much better than "Let Me", though.

There's A Thug In My Life - 10/10 - My favorite song on the whole album! Crazy song, I'm speechless after hearing it.

Now I Know - 9/10 - A piano is the background, and Rihanna really shows off her voice. That's nice, but it's more Alicia Keys's type, not my favorite, especially at 5:01. I'm giving a high rating because how strog Rihanna's voice is, and how good she does on this song. It's not a song I'll be repeating too often though.

Pone De Replay (Replay Mix) ft. Elephant Man - 9/10 - Not as good as the original, but Elephant Man does do decent. Sizza!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
De "Cawmere" Counsellor Aug. 30 2005
By De Bajan Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
When Miss Robyn "Rihanna" Fenty won Miss Combermere Pageant 2004, many people did not have a clue that she was destined for greatness. This album proves it. As her former guidance counsellor, I can truly say that I am so proud of her and I am enjoying this album. Rihanna is one of the few ladies doing dancehall in any way - and doing it well. The album is a MUST for any Bajan/ Barbadian. We DO support our own!

My favourite songs are: "The Last Time" and "There's a Thug in my Life" . "Music of the Sun" is exquisite and "Now I know" is absolutely lovely. Her voice is great, the beats are absolutely hypnotic and the lyrics are pretty good. My least favourite song is "Willing to Wait". However, the album is a true display of a teenager on her way to fantastic music career. My only disappointment is that there are too few ballads and she has a beautiful voice that needs to be showcased with very lush and rich ballads.

I don't think that we have seen the last of this young lady. She has not only done herself proud, but her high school (Combermere School), her family, her label and her country. I CAN HARDLY WAIT FOR HER NEXT ALBUM!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Not a Bad debut Rihanna Sept. 5 2005
By Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This year, for the most part has been a year where many new contemporary R&B artists have made their debuts and they have been overall very well put together. There have also been some strong returns (aka Amerie's excellent "TOUCH"). Rihanna's debut is no different from excellent offerings from Teairra Mari (ROC-A-FELLA PRESENTS...) and Keyshia Cole (THE WAY IT IS, which is ultimately a combination between contemporary R&B, Urban, and neo-soul). Rihanna, again separates herself from other contemporary artists because she chooses to include tropical influences (Carribbean) mixed with R&B/Dance-Club type music. For the most part, Rihanna pulls this off very well.

Production for the most part throughout this album is very strong. Most notably, it is strongest on the dance tunes as opposed to the balladry. Where the balladry is concerned, the production feels as if it is to spare to serve as an effective backdrop for Rihanna's vocals. With that said, ballads like "The Last Time" and "Willing To Wait" are pretty, but they feel like they're missing a little heart, soul, and emotion. Furthermore, "Now I Know" is pretty as well, but it is too slow and makes the album lose momentum towards the end. Luckily, "Pon De Replay Remix" feat. Elephant Man revives the album and ends it on a high not. Despite the mishaps of the included ballads, Rihanna does show off her vocals, which are well developed for her young age of 17, but still have to achieve more maturity (Keyshia Cole & Fantasia, who are slightly older than Rihanna are more mature vocally).

The true highlights of MUSIC OF THE SUN are the dance tunes. The ubiquitous "Pon De Replay" is definitely a catchy, well produced single. While it is a great first single, great summer single, and probably the strongest album track, it may not quite the caliber of say Ciara's "Goodies", Amerie's "1 Thing", J.Lo's "Get Right", or Beyonce's "Crazy in Love", yet it does give each of those singles a run for their money.

"Here I Go Again" is personally my favorite. It has the reggae production going for it and it is a nice mid-tempo lazy feel to it. I think that it would be a wonderful choice for a single at some point for Rihanna. The third selection from the album, "If It's Loving That You Want" is another great selection. "You Don't Love Me" isn't bad, but it isn't in my top 3 of best tracks. "That La, La, La" is an infections, well,yet simply produced number that would also be a credible single choice. The other selections don't evoke as much excitement as the best. "Let Me" is a decent track and I could see it being used as a single, However the title track, "Music of The Sun" comes over as filler material, which is a shame considering the fact that it is the title track. "Rush" and "There's A Thug in My Life" are merely average filler tracks and don't add any real "oomph" to MUSIC OF THE SUN".

Overall, Rihanna is off to a good start, but she stills has some things to improve on. Some things are just maturity factorsl; like Teairra Mari, she has a great voice, but she is just 17--she needs a few more years to truly mature into a "powerhouse" vocalist. Furthermore, the producers should make Rihanna's next album a bit more consistent. If you look at say Kanye West's THE COLLEGE DROPOUT, you see a consistent album where every track is great. Same with Anthony Hamilton's COMING FROM WHERE I'M FROM, to use an R&B example. Rihanna's debut is a bit scattered, but it is also a welcome addition to the music industry's summer catalogue, especially for the simple fact that Rihanna includes Caribbean influence into her songs. For me, I would rate this either 3 or 3.5 stars. Overall, not a bad debut Rihanna.