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LOUD follows-up Rated R (November 2009) and its sequel Rated R: Remixed (May 2010). Previously, the double-platinum Good Girl Gone Bad (May 2007) contained the Grammy-winning global #1 hit "Umbrella" (featuring Jay-Z), then "Shut Up and Drive," "Hate That I Love You" (featuring Ne-Yo), and "Don't Stop the Music." The CD+DVD package Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded (January 2009) continued the hits with the #1 "Take A Bow," the #1 "Disturbia" and Top 20 "Rehab." Good Girl Gone Bad was the third album release in less than two years by Barbados native Rihanna, who turned 22 on February 20th. It followed-up 2006's RIAA platinum A Girl Like Me, which contained the back-to-back hits, "S.O.S." and "Unfaithful"; and her RIAA gold debut from 2005, Music Of the Sun, featuring the world-wide smash, "Pon De Replay."
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Rihanna, whether you like her hyper-sexualized presentation -- as a guy, I find it often over the top, hence "unsexy" sometimes (ladies, you cannot "overpower" men with sexuality -- well, okay some guys will go for it, but not decent guys) -- is quite talented, if not quite up there with Madonna, Whitney, and Beyonce (yet).
Moreover, her (or her producer's) music selections are fairly imaginative in terms of song-writing, rhythms, and arrangements.
Yes, some of the lyrics delve into dark areas (e.g., masochism), but overall the direction is positive -- and I hate this word, but "empowering".
Mostly, the disc is enjoyable, rhythmic, fresh pop/dance/R&B music, with some edge.
My top five songs on this album are:
WHAT’S MY NAME (feat. Drake) – This is my favorite song from Rihanna. The beat is so infectious; I have it on repeat all of the time and never get sick of it. Her 8th #1 hit.
ONLY GIRL (IN THE WORLD) – The chorus of this is amazing. I love how it’s so different from the verses. Never got sick of this either. Her 9th #1.
MAN DOWN – I really think reggae and Caribbean flavors fit Rihanna the best for obvious reasons, and she sounds the most comfortable singing these kinds of songs. This is a great song with a great video.
COMPLICATED – A really good up-tempo dance song with rock elements on it. At first I didn’t really like her voice on this song but the more I listened, the more it grew on me.
S&M – This took some time to grow on me, but it does have a great beat. Her 10th #1 (thanks to the remix with Britney Spears).
Other great tracks are: LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE (PART II) and CALIFORNIA KING BED.
This version also features a fun DVD with behind the scenes footage.