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Good Girl Gone Bad - Rihanna
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Good Girl Gone Bad - Rihanna
Advantages: an occasional good song, cheap to buy
Disadvantages: mostly bad, boring songs
I am usually a rock and metal fan, but occasionally I do like the odd pop artist, and Rihanna is one that I listen to, but not all of her stuff appeals to me, and personally I do not find her as talented as some seem to reckon she is. All in all though, I do like some of her music, and this review is for her old album, Good Girl Gone Bad.
This album was released in 2008, and has 16 tracks on it. You can currently buy this album from Amazon for the small price of £3.99 but this does get lower sometimes, so it is best to keep an eye on it, and that way you can grab yourself a real bargain.
The first track on this album is one of her most known (and some what irritating) tracks, Umbrella. This song spent a long time at number 1 when it was released and it actually rained for quite some time around this time period too.
The track is a catchy one, with a good tune and some interesting lyrics, but the chorus is very repeatitive and this song does become annoying after hearing it too many times. It can be a good track if you have not heard it for a while, and it is a good summer tune in the pub garden.
The second track is Push Up On Me. This is one of her lesser known tracks, and probably for a good reason. It is not a great song, with a bit of a boring vibe to it and the lyrics do not seem to have had much thought put into them what so ever. This is probably one that is worth skipping past, and it is no wonder not many people know of this one.
Thirdly we have the track entitled Don't Stop The Music. This is another of Rihannas catchy summer songs, and it was quite a hit when it released. It is a good song to dance in a club too, and it has some nice beats to it. The lyrics are not much, but this is not something I have come to expect much of from Rihanna, it is like she is not expected to produce great lyrics, just a tune to dance to. An alright song, but nothing special.
The fourth track is called Breaking Dishes. Along with the second track on this album, this song really is not much at all, with bad lyrics, an annoying beat and just no logical sense in it. I honestly am not sure why this song was ever released, and it is one I skip past every time it comes on. One to avoid!
The fifth track is Shut Up and Drive. This is was another hit when it was released, but personally I do not like this song at all. I find it to be very repeatitive and boring, with not much going for it. I know other people who love this song, but I just can not find anything to like about it. Seems like all her hits are summer tunes, as this one tends to be a blare out of the car in the sunshine track too.
Sixth, we have a track called Hate That I Love You, and this song is a duet with a singer called Ne-Yo. It is basically a song to describe the fact that both people involved love each other, but hate that they do so. It is a nice song, with a gentle tune, although it can be a bit monotonus, and I can't help feeling that they could have done much better with it, had they just tried a little harder. It is a nice song to listen to on a cold day, when you are all wrapped up warm indoors.
The seventh track is Say It. I had never heard of this track until I heard this album, so I am assuming this one was never released as a single. It is an ok track, with a good beat behind it, but there isn't really much else to say about it. It is nothing bad, but nothing good either. Maybe best suited to background music.
The eighth track is called Sell Me Candy. This is a very girly track, especially compared to many of her other song releases. It is yet again an ok track, but I really think she could have done much better with this one. The song left me feeling kind of flat after listening to it, and I try to skip past this one every time I listen to the album.
The ninth track is called Lemme Get That, which I think personally, was a waste of a song. It is just awful in every sense and how it managed to work its way onto the album, I will never know. I can see why this was never released as a single, as I am pretty sure it would have just bombed off of the face of the planet. Truly an avoidable song!
Tenth we have the track entitled Rehab. This is quite a basic, generic song and whilst it is ok, it is just that. I have had this on as background music before, as the base beats are quite melodic, but the rest of it, not really worth listening too.
The eleventh track is Question Exisiting. It is a slow paced track with some odd chords and notes, and I do not enjoy this one at all. I find this one to be painfully boring, and it does not fit in with the style of the rest of her album, or anything else she has ever released to be honest. It seems she was trying to experiment with something new, which it seems, failed.
The twelfth track is called Good Girl Gone Bad, which is the title track of the album. This is a song about treating your girl right, or she turns bad and you lost her forever. It is a pretty good track, which was a semi-hit for her when she released it. It is a smooth, soft track, with some decent beats, which was a good thing to hear as I had pretty much lost all hope with the album by this point. I think the vocals could have been stronger, but only if sung by someone else.
The thirteenth track is cry. I can only assume this is an attempt at a grown up, mature, melodic song about a broken heart, but sadly it failed to live up to this assumption. While it does have a generally nice tune, it is nothing good and it could just be another love song played in the elevator once in a while.
Fourteenth is Disturbia. This is another well known hit of hers that was quite popular, and it has a nice catchy tune for most of the song. Occasional parts of the song annoy me, more so because I thought they could have been done in a better way. A good song to dance too, and one of those good in the summer tunes.
Fifteenth (nearly there!!) is a song called Take A Bow. This song was released mysteriously around the same time as Leona Lewis's track of the same name, although personally I prefer the Leona Lewis one. The Rihanna track is about the ending of a bad relationship, but I think the song lacks the emotion needed to really bring it to life. Add this to the weak vocal range, and this song is not as great as it could have been, given half a chance. It has a nice catchy backing track, and the words are clear and easy to follow, just not sung strongly enough.
The final (thankfully) track on this album is called If I Never See Your Face Again and is a collaboration with Maroon 5. A painful ending to an almost terrible album. I think this song is very high pitched, squeaky and unnecessary! Not one I like to listen to and it just topped off the album for me, in a bad way.
Personally, I think this album is a bit of a washout and it could have been so much better if there was some stronger vocal talent, a few better song choices and maybe some more concentration on song lyrics, as some of them make no sense, and some are just so childish I thought I may have been listening to a Disney CD.
If you are a big fan of Rihanna, you may like this album, but then it may also put you off of her, so I do not think it would be a good idea for anyone to buy this album. Rihanna may as well rename it some good, mostly bad!
I give this album a 2 out of 5 stars for the very few good songs on here, but the rest is a total let down. Not recommended.
*This review is also on Ciao under the user name of Hailee*
Summary: Not worth buying