A Girl Like Me
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Pulling inspiration from dancehall and reggae, Rihanna mixes her roots with a fresh upbeat sound that's taking the world by storm. Rihanna first exploded onto the music scene with 2005's # 1 Most Downloaded, song of the summer, "Pon De Replay." In 2006, Rihanna is poised to take her career and music to new heights. First up is the smash hit, "SOS," the lead single from her new release A Girl Like Me, which is sure to solidify Rihanna as one of pop music's rising stars.
With A Girl Like Me, the Barbadian teen-queen Rihanna is looking to transfer all claims of royalty to the summertime pop charts. If anybody's going to rule them, she pretty much proclaims by way of "SOS," a song no less irresistible, intoxicating, and all-out cool than 2005's "Pon de Replay," off her debut, she's it. That's not to say this new disc is anything like its predecessor overall. Where Music of the Sun was mostly what its title suggests--a romp through an anglo-friendly island with no sunscreen required--A Girl Like Me is more reflective and a little rueful; you get the sense it was crafted in part to show her range, with executive producer Jay-Z guiding her through it gracefully. "Unfaithful" is a noir-ish testing of the R&B waters, and it goes so well that Rihanna wastes no time skinny-dipping her way into the deep end--"Final Goodbye," "P.S. (I'm Still Not Over You)," and "A Million Miles Away" all betray juicy bits of Beyonce. Back in barefoot bikini-girl land, though--a territory that covers roughly half this disc--the party's still going strong. Rihanna gives dancehall legend Sean Paul a run for his money with the bouncing "Break It Off," and "We Ride" makes you want to roll down the windows and stick your head out the passenger side. Crank it up and keep the sunglasses handy. --Tammy La Gorce
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Fans of her brilliant single "Pon de Replay" need not worry, though, as the album kicks off with its equal. Bursting out of the speakers, "SOS" is a sexy club tune that bites the bleepy riff from Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" in a very modern, very exciting mash-up fashion. The crunchy reggae of "Kisses Don't Lie" offers a less revolutionary alternative to Damian Marley's "Welcome to Jamrock." Then the album gets bolder and seamlessly bounces from genre to genre. Attempting things that would make lesser artists crumble, Rihanna goes from a film noir song that elegantly uses murder as a metaphor for cheating ("Unfaithful") to an easy-flowing weekend cruiser ("We Ride"). Even more stunning is the jump from the 2006 prom-song candidate "Final Goodbye" to the totally juiced "Break It Off," where she gives guest star and dancehall prince Sean Paul some serious competition. The good but not great redo of "If It's Lovin' That You Want" with Corey Gunz is the only track approaching filler, but it's clearly marked "bonus," so it's a wash.
Executive produced by Jay-Z, "A Girl Like Me" is unsurprisingly polished, yet a richer experience than you'd expect from a singer responsible for the summer jam of 2005 but arguably in 2006.
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Hit single "S.O.S." is an extremely catchy track, deservedly getting lots of radio play, and the best track to set the tone for the rest of the album. Second single "Unfaithful" is the opposite - a slow pop ballad with a lot of piano in the background, similar to another track, "A Million Miles Away". "We Ride" is another slow song, but more on the R&B side, as is the sad "Final Goodbye", "P.S. (I'm still Not Over You)" and "A Girl Like Me", with its Spanish guitar backing.
Reggae tracks include "Kisses Don't Lie" (a lover's rock beat); "Dem Haters" (again a slow beat); "Break It Off" (an energetic dancehall track with red hot Sean Paul - great track); "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (slow jam, not the Queen song); "Selfish Girl" (another slow one); and a remix of "If It's Lovin' That You Want" from the first album.
A reasonably good follow up to "Music of the Sun", but too heavy on the ballads which I don't think are her strongest area. A few more of her trademark Dancehall tracks would have made this a much better album.
Amanda Richards, April 25, 2006
1. SOS (10/10)- First single from the abum, nice pop beat and flavor to it. This song is doing very god on the charts, one of the outstanding songs on the album.
2. Kisses Don't Lie (7/10)- This song has great vocals, but the Rock type feel just doesnt grab my attention, like the other ones, so this is not a favorite of mine.
3. Unfaithful (8.5/10)- Her 2nd single written by Ne-Yo, has a nice pop ballad feel to it. Not Outstanding, but it does have great lyrics and delivers a good vocal performance, not my favorite on the album though.
4. We Ride (10/10)- THIS IS IT!!!!!1 ONE OF THE BEST SONGS ON THE ALBUM...COMPLETELY OUTSTANDING!!!!!! IT SOUNDS LIKE A BRIAN MICHAEL COX PRODUCTION, THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN HER NEXT SINGLE, IT HAS A STRAIGHT RADIO FRIENDLY R&B/POP MIXTURE. DEFINITELY ONE OF MY FAVORITES.
5. Dem Haters (9/10)- I like this song alot! it has a great reggae beat to it, and she delivers good lyrics in it about her haters and people who said she wasnt gon make it.
6. Final Goodbye (8/10)- Nice mellow ballad...very deep lyrics, didnt grab my attention at first, but as I begin to listen, it grew on me.
7. Break It Off (9/10)- Nice reggae club song, could be a great dance track for those who like to reggae dance.....Rihanna's vocals on here are sooooooo good also. I love this girls voice for some reason
8. Crazy Thing Called Love (6/10)- I dont really like this song. Its nice to listen to cause of the vocals, but it seem like it has the same beat as "Dem Haters", but slowed down a little bit.
9. Selfish Girl (5/10)- I like Reggae and all, but this has another one of those same beats like "Dem Haters" and "Crazy thing called Love", she could have switched up the beats..this has to be my least favorite song..never the less still good vocals though, the reggae beat im just not feeling.
10. P.S. (Im still not over you) (100/10)- THIS IS THE BEST SONG ON THE ALBUM!!!!!! MY FAVORITE OF THEM ALL! GREAT LYRICS! VERY CATCHY! THIS SHOULD DEFINITELY BE A SINGLE! IT IS GREAT PURE R&B! I LOVEEEEEEEE THIS SONG! VERY EMOTIONAL IF U LISTEN CLOSELY TO THE LYRICS.
11. A Girl Like Me (9/10)- This is a cool nice laid back song, i can listen to this alot. nothin much to say about it, cause of the title, and im a guy, but never the less a cool mellow r&B song with great lyrics.
12. Million Miles Away (6/10)- Another one of my least favorites from the album, it sounds too much like "Now I Know" from her last album, and thats what makes it not catch my attention, seems like it outta be a remix to that song or somethin.
Overall This CD Gets a:
95- For Vocals
80- For Beats
90- For Production and Arrangement
This CD Provides Alot of Different Genre Flavor, Its a mixture between Pop/Rock/R&B, with mostly R&B, ill say give it a try....you wont be dissapointed at ALL!
These are all the songs and how I have ranked them:
Kisses Don't Lie 8/10
We Ride 8/10
Dem Haters 8/10
Final Goodbye 8/10
Break It Off 9/10
Crazy Little Thing Called Love 6/10
Selfish Girl 8/10
P.S. (I'm Still Not Over You) 8/10
A Girl Like Me 9/10
A Million Miles Away 9/10
If It's Lovin' That You Want-Part 2 10/10
Overall I think it is an improvement from Music Of The Sun.
Heres the song Break Down.
1) SOS- Whats left to say, excellent song, brillant move Def
Jam for making it the first singl--10/10
2) Kisses Dont Lie- I didn't like this osng at first, i was
like it sounds, just plain weird, but if
you actuallyLISTEN, to the lyrics you'll
fall in love with it.Nice mix of Reggea
3) Unfaithful- thumbs up to my boy NE-YO superio lyrics,
Rihanna's still developing voice flows PERFECTLY
With the beat. The overall production was great.
4) We Ride- This was also another great song,lyrically,vocally,
and production wise. I can actually hear this being
turned up in peoples car this Summer. 10/10
5) Dem Haters- STRAIGHT UP REGGAE,IF YOU DONT LIKE REGGAE,THEN
THIS ONE AINT FOR YOU. But i loved it, this song
should be played at a loud volume when people are
hatin' on you. 9/10
6) Final Goodbye- It's a really sad song, it has some nice
lyrics nd the beat it's cool and slow. 9/10
7) Break it Off- For Best dance collaboration, this song has
the title both lyrically & vocally Rihanna
brings IT and Sean just spices the song up,
RECOMMENED 3rd single, for this SUMMER..
8) Crazy little thing called love- Like "Kisses Dont Lie" i was
like Uhh. But it's a passionate song, lyrically
it was slamin' but production was it's downfall.
9) Selfisg Girl- Nice song,nice lyrics, bad production, but
another overall "OK"-Reggae songs-7/10
10) P.S.(I'm still not over you)- Amazingly nice song love
song, production wasn't that
11) A Girl Like Me- The album titled track. I like this song,
as much as i liked Music of the sun, form
Music of the Sun,... I hope i didn't just
confuse you, 9/10
12) A Million Miles Away- Similar to UNfaithful, and NOW I KNOW
from her past album, but the song
remains as one of my favorite Ballads
on this album.Rihanna's vocally
maturing, and one day when she sings
this it will sound even better.9/10
13) If it's loving that you want.Part II- I love the orginally,
and i love this one
Overall Great second album, could have been better produced.
Break it Off-
*Dem Haters- For the island people-
Back to the album, A Girl Like Me is a good listen and manages to give a good mix of slow jams (Unfaithful, PS Im Still Not Over You, Million Miles Away, Title song), dance tunes (Break It Off, SOS, If it's Lovin), and grooves (We Ride, Dem Haters, Crazy Thing). I really like the songwriting on this album too especially Unfaithful. The album is just the right length at 13 tracks and enough gems throughout to keep you interested. I would say that this album is a bit of a mood album meaning I can't just sit and listen to it but it's still a good effort especially coming from Rihanna. This album is a step up from her debut album and if she keeps progressing she'll soon be a real force to reckon with. 3.5 stars.