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Genre: R&B & Soul - Pop R&B / Artist: Rihanna / Audio CD released 2010-11-15 at Mercury

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      04.03.2012 11:19
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      Rihanna's fifth album

      **Background**

      "Loud" was a chance for Rihanna to regain her composure as a Pop star. Artists like that are meant to go through their rough patches and "Rated R" was album to summarise all of that with a response record to the madness which occurred in 2009. 2010's "Loud" - which was characterised with the "Only Girl" single - was the Barbadian artist's fifth album and allowed her to get her sexy on, while she was breaking out into a blazing phase of her career. It was preceded by some of her best promo tunes up to that time and its content was due to continue that high calibre of catchy Pop material.

      *Good Points*

      It's the ideal Rihanna album. By this point, you'll know whether or not Rihanna's for you, so you've got no reason to stumble upon "Loud" and suddenly decide that Ri-Ri's not for you. The album is exactly what she's about, so from the undervalued content like "Skin", to the much-celebrated "California King Bed", it's put together as if it's a masterpiece. Her voice might not be able to do extra special acrobatics, but she's able to shine when her aim is merely to set scenes. For that reason, even tunes like "Cheers" feel like valuable elements to make it tick.

      *Bad Points*

      The only criticisms to an album like this could be if you genuinely don't like Rihanna. You have reason to feel that she goes a bit too raunchy then "S&M" is going to be an immediate turn off. Further into the tracklist, "Only Girl" is an all-out celebratory track which can be perceived as one of the cheeriest, cheesiest tunes around, so will be off-putting to some, but those people aren't in touch with the Pop music of today, so it doesn't matter that much.

      **Overall**

      "Loud" is a glory album for Rihanna. It's true that she may not be the most rounded artist and her vocals may not be up to par with others, but "Loud" is a true representation of what Rihanna's done for Pop music and her position within the industry. She might have taken a step down with a rather average-sounding "Talk That Talk", but the powerful content on this one is what's important. It has loads of killer tracks to boast so if you're a sucker for "S&M", the chances are that you'll fall for "Man Down" too. If you like that one, there isn't a single reason why you'd turn down "What's My Name". If that Drake-featured tune is up your alley, you'll have to do some explaining to say why "Raining Men" isn't too. She injects that little bit of R&B in most of the tracks to give them that broad appeal as possible, while keeping commercial viability at its core.

      Rihanna's made one of the most solid Pop albums of recent memory. .

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        08.01.2012 21:51
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        Fab album, must have for Rihanna fans

        Rihanna is a popstar from Barbados who has became very popular over the last few years, she just seems to be getting more and more popular since her first album Music of The Sun in 2005.
        Loud is Rihanna's 5th studio album and was released in 2010. There are a total of 11 tracks on this album, here is the track list:
        1. S&M
        2. What's My Name-Feat. Drake
        3. Cheers (Drink To That)
        4. Fading
        5. Only Girl In The World
        6. California King Bed
        7. Mad Down
        8. Raining Men-Feat. Nicki Minaj
        9. Complicated
        10. Skin
        11. Love The Way You Lie Part II-Feat. Eminem

        Favourite Songs
        S&M
        This is a really sexy song out having a desire to play with whips and chains in the bedroom, it is really upbeat and energetic and done really well in the charts when it was released last year. This song is a bit rude of course with the theme being S&M and was even edited for the radio, so obviously some parents may feel it is unsuitable for children.

        Whats My Name ft Drake
        This song is about two people liking each other and wanting together. This is a more chilled out song but still very sexy that features a rap from Drake, I really like this song because I think that both artists work really well together and also it is really catchy and easy to listen to.

        California King Bed
        This is a slower, emotional song about being in a really good relationship and then suddenly everything changes and the relationship starts to fail, and wanting to fix it. I really like the fact that Rihanna gets the chance to show off her amazing vocal ability in the song, it is another song that is very easy to listen to and makes you want to sing along to it.

        Raining Men ft Nicki Minaj
        This is a really energetic song that has lots of confidence and attitude, it is about there being loads of men in the world and not needing to settle for someone who isn't good enough for you. An added bonus to this song is that Nicki Minaj features in it and I really like her music at the moment. This song is great to get you in the mood for a night out because it's so upbeat and fun.

        Skin
        This is a very slow and sexy song about being with someone you like and basically being with them in 'just your skin', this song has real confidence and sex appeal and is my absolute favourite on the album because it is a little different to any of the other songs on the album.

        Love The Way You Lie Part II ft Eminem
        This is the second version or part of the very popular Love the Way You Lie song, both done with Eminem, this song is slower, more emotional and involves more participation and verses from Rihanna than the first song, it has a real epic feeling of suspense to it and is better than the original in my opinion.

        The Rest of the album
        The rest of the songs on this album are also amazing, there is a good mix of slower more serious and faster, upbeat and fun songs. Sex seems to be a real trend on this album and it is definitely oozing with sex appeal. Rihanna is a fantastic artist and has an amazing voice and a really cool style about her. There are not any songs on this album that I dislike or would skip when I am listening to it, it is just consistently good song after song.

        Price and Availability
        You can pick this album up in HMV or any of the supermarkets or online, I got mine in HMV for around £9 last year which wasnt too bad of a price as there are lots of great songs on it and I have got quite a bit of listening out of it, however after doing a little bit of online research I can see it in HMV for £5 now so that is an even better price

        Overall
        Overall I think that this is a fantastic album and there is a good range of fast, fun and sexy songs and slower, chilled out, emotional songs, there isn't one song on this album that I do not like and I find Rihanna's voice really easy to listen to. Overall I would give this album 5 out of 5.

        *also on Ciao under lorrainek90

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        03.01.2012 14:53
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        Rihanna - Loud

        Rihanna - Loud
        Rihanna is a singer born in 1988 and since 2005 has become very popular with her music around the world. Since her first hit she seems unstoppable and goes on making albums. Loud is her fifth studio album, released in 2010.
        General information

        Name artist: Rihanna
        Full name: Robyn Rihanna Fenty
        Name Album: Loud
        Genre music: R&B, dance
        Year: 2010

        Rihanna

        Rihanna was born in 1988 in Saint Michael Barbados. She didn't really had a nice childhood and was mainly affected by the drug addiction of her father. She already began singing at her seventh. In 2003 she met producer Evan Rogers, where she auditioned with two classmates, but she was the only one who made a real impression. Two years later and after completing her high school education Evan Rogers went alongside with Rihanna four demos to record companies and came to Def Jam Recordings and they were sold. Since then, she still is with Def Jam Recordings. In total, she now has six albums.

        Rihanna Loud

        This album was released in 2010. The album focuses on the dance / pop genre. She was involved in producing the album but also collaborated with Antonio LA Reid and Evan Rogers in terms of the album and in terms of singles with Alex Da Kid, Carl Sturk, Polow da Don, The Runners, Mel & Mus, Soundz, Stargate and Tricky Stewart.

        Even though she co-produced the album, she hasn't written any songs. Some famous names do have songs written for this album: Eminem, Holly Hafferman, Kenneth Coby, Jamal Jones, Andrew Harr, Avril Lavinge, Jermaine Jackson, Shontelle, Esther Dean and Nicki Minaj.

        Songs of the album

        The album includes the followings songs:
        1. S&M
        2. What's My Name
        3. Cheers (Drink to that)
        4. Fading
        5. Only Girl (in the world)
        6. California King Bed
        7. Man Down
        8. Raining Men
        9. Complicated
        10. Skin
        11. Love the way you Lie

        S&M
        The first song on the album made me think back of another great hit from Rihanna namely, "Don't stop the music". It's a great upbeat dance song on which you can dance well. Rihanna shines especially by her some sexy voice and the song is well supported by a strong beat. It is a typical Rihanna song and a perfect opening for the album.

        Cheers
        One of my favorite songs from the album. I think Avril Lavigne has written this song and you can hear her sing on the song. This is really a song about partying and drinking.. It's a mid tempo R & B song with some dance influences with in the background Avril singing "Yeah Yeah".

        California King Bed
        California King Bed is a song that perfectly fits the album. It is a beautiful ballad that the album needs. It's an emotional song with a romantic sounding Rihanna backed by romantic lyrics. It's a good song that shows Rihanna certainly can sing.

        Conclusion

        A wonderful upbeat dance / R & B album with varying numbers of real good dance tracks with a good up tempo beat, but you also have more mid tempo R & B songs. At the middle of the album you have the peaceful number of California King Bed. Most are great upbeat songs that are good for dancing. The album has spawned a number of hits that have reached the top ten worldwide. A wonderful album, so five stars!

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          27.08.2011 00:51

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          An amazing album, Rihanna's best yet!

          This is one of the only CD's that I actually like all the songs on! Yeah it's quite controversial, but I think this album is really really good! My favourite songs are 'What's My Name (feat. Drake)', 'California King Bed' and 'Raining Men (feat. Nicki Minaj)', but I really like all the other songs too! I think that Rihanna is one of the best female singers out there at the moment and that she just keeps getting better and better. She has shown that she can sing all kinds of music and she can go from ballad to pop song in a second. It is really different from her last album, which was really good as well, and that was really different from the album before that, which was also amazing! I think that Rihanna is an amazing singer who just keeps getting better with every album that she releases.

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          09.06.2011 11:20
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          a good mix of songs

          I would consider myself to be a fan of Rihanna's. I have always liked her music ever since she burst into the uk charts a few years ago now with her very first songs, the most memorable for me being 'unfaithful', 'pon de replay' and 'we ride'. I loved all these songs but how could I have known how big a star Rihanna was set to become. Last year I got to see her perform live at Radio 1's big weekend in Bangor. I thought she was amazing and after seeing her live went out and bought her album which she had out at the time which was called 'Rated R'. I really enjoyed listening to that album and so this year when she brought out another new album, this one - 'Loud' - I decided to treat myself to this one aswell.

          Rihanna's last album was very dark and this one sees her featuring a whole new style which is much more girly. The album art and disc really relfect this new girlier look. The disc has pink roses on it which looks very pretty and the pictures in the album cover feature Rihanna posing about in different girly outfits, she looks beautiful in all of them.

          The tracks on the album go as follows:

          1. S&M
          2. What's My Name feat. Drake
          3. Cheers (Drink To That)
          4. Fading
          5. Only Girl (In The World)
          6. California King Bed
          7. Man Down
          8. Raining Men feat. Nicki Minaj
          9. Complicated
          10. Skin
          11. Love The Way You Lie (Part II) feat. Eminem

          You will surely have heard at least one of these tracks as some of them have already been released and they have been all over the charts for weeks, 'California King Bed' is in the charts right now. This is a slow, balladish hit which is unlike a lot of Rihanna's other songs which are a bit more pop/rock in comparison.
          The tracks all certainly live up to the album title, Loud. One which comes to mind when I think of this title is 'Only Girl In the World'. Rihanna really seems to shout out the lyrics to the chorus in this song making it a great party tune which is sure to get everyone dancing. I really like this track.

          Another really catchy tune on this album is 'Whats My Name'. This one features a rap from Drake. The chorus is so catchy - "ooh na na, whats my name" - you'll be singing it all day after listening to it. Its a really great tune. Drake isn't the only artist to collaborate with Rihanna on this album, it also features Nicki Minaj and Eminem. My favourite song from the album has to be the one featuring Eminem. Its a beautiful and haunting track called 'Love the way you lie part II'. It is much better than Eminem's version, part II, in my opinion, as it is slower and seems more raw. There is sure pure emotion in both of the artisit's vocals in this song and it sends a chill down my spine each time I listen to it. Especially considering there is probably some truth to Rihanna in what she is singing, after experiencing the well publicised domestic abuse she suffered from ex-boyfriend Chris Brown.

          There are a couple of songs on this album that I'm not so keen on, though. I'm not a fan of S&M which I think is boring, samey and far too repeitive. The lyrics very explicit in this song and I would definitely not recommend leaving it around for children to listen to. The lyrics aren't even nice, subtle and sexy, they are much too obvious and seem forced and a bit desperate for attention. I also don't like the song which features a rap from Nicki Minaj, again I think it is a bit samey and boring.

          Overall though there is a good mix of songs. This albums gets a thumbs up and 4 stars from me.

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          27.05.2011 18:32
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          Im really on the fence with this one

          I am very controversial. I don't like Rihanna very much as I believe she has really taken it too far with some of her Music. I bought this for my mum for her birthday and have been having a little listen through it. I do feel that Rihanna has a very nice voice, and that some of her songs are catchy. Although generally I thought this album of hers was very weak and was a huge disappointed compared to "good girl gone bad".

          I do like a lot of pop Music although I have noticed that the Music industry has declined a lot. Rihanna has brought out a lot of good songs but I am really not into her new Music at all. I have a love/hate relationship with this album and it has some highs and some lows.

          Track 01 - S&M
          This was clearly an attempt to shock the public and get a reaction, and it most certainly did. Really I don't see how this song is any different to any other old song in the Music industry full of sexual imagery. The only difference is she is very explicit in it. I thought there was such a lack of creativity in this song when she hits out with "sticks and stones may break my bones but chains and whips excite me". She did not create this phrase herself, I remember back in 2006 and some people has this phrase on Bebo skins etc. She really could have made up her own phrase instead of stealing one some teenager made up.

          The song has a very dry beat and there really is no climax to the chorus. When listening, it is very hard to tell if this is the chorus or not, because it has the exact same beat as the verse. This makes the song pretty boring in a way, unless you listen to it because of the obscenity of the lyrics. I am one of those people aren't "against" the song as such but I don't like the idea of my oldest singing along to it, it's awkward when sitting with your dad and the song comes on, or even worse the video comes on.

          This song gets a 4/10 for me.

          Track 02 - What's my name?
          This has a bit more of an exciting tune and I really like the chorus stating with "Hey boy, I really want to see if you can go down town with a girl like me". It features American rap sensation Drake who really does give it a more interesting touch to the song. Although he doesn't feature very much in it. The song is very repetitive and can get boring after a while, and the lyrics of "Oh na na, what's my name?", as well as the fact all the "oh na na"s get very annoying after a while. I can listen to this song for about one minute and the song goes off.

          So a 6/10 for me I think

          Track 03 - Cheers

          This song wasn't realised but I think it is a lot more interesting than some of the ones that were interesting. It is quite slow and for some reason it reminds me of Avril Lavinge - I'm with you. I don't quite know why, but the tune to it is very interesting, and has a lot of repetition of "yeah, yeah"s but I think it makes it more catchy.

          I think this is maybe a song that should have been released as opposed to S&M ... a 7/10 from me.

          Track 04 - Fading
          This is one of her slower songs that does have a very annoying Smurf noise in the background, as she is singing slowly you can hear the beautiful tune of her voice. The lyrics of the songs have a much deeper meaning to it. It a really relaxing song and maybe one that us ladies can relate to. I think Rihanna should bring out more music like this and fill her album with these sort of songs as opposed to some of the rubbish she brings out.

          Track 04 - Only girl in the world.
          Come on, admit it you've heard the song and it is very catchy. It has a very dance/disco tune in the background that really gets your feet moving. The beat sort of disappears during the chorus, which really builds a climax for the beat coming back and really just makes you want to dance.
          Everyone has heard this song so I won't go into much detail about it.

          Track 06 - California King Bed.
          Another unheard of song that is a lot better than her other songs. It is a very slowly song, which sounds as if it is played against a single guitar, again allowing you to hear Rihanna's very beautiful tone in her voice. The chorus is a bit more upbeat when an electric guitar joins in. It is a really relaxing song that could be danced to very slowly by two people. I enjoy this song a lot and is probably one of my favourites on the album. The lyrics don't make much sense to me, I think it is about missing someone, but it certainly isn't a happy song. I was impressed with this song and I think it's a shame she is forced to bring out some of her rubbish sex-filled songs whilst her nicer songs are unheard of. Sort it out Rihanna!

          Track 09 - Complicated
          This is another nice song. The lyrics have a lot of meaning as she is saying what nearly everyone woman in saying "why do you make things so complicated?". I love her vocals in this song, especially in the chorus where she has to high some high notes. There is really no beat to this, it sounds as if it's played with a keyboard and a drum at some points, but it may as well be sung with no backing music.

          Track 11 - Love the way you lie (part 2)
          Many of us have heard part one of this song, with Eminem and Rihanna singing only the chorus. However, as much as I love Eminem, I prefer this version. Rihanna sings the verses and the chorus, and it sounds a lot sweeter. I think this has a better effect as you can really feel the emotions of the persona in the song explaining how she can't leave her abusive partner because she has some sort of sexual thrill from physical abuse. This caused a lot of shock, but as a person studying psychology, Rihanna is only speaking the truth about some woman. It can be offensive to people who have been in abuse relationships, so maybe this song shouldn't be listened to by these people.

          Eminem does join in some point, singing with his violent persona. And thankfully there's no singing about tying anyone to beds and blowing houses up, but it appears to be two people who are both violent towards each other and not an abuser and a victim.

          I think Rihanna's music is really going downhill in terms of the songs she realises, but in the album she has some hidden gems that really show her talent. I think she is allowing the industry to take too much control over her now and I prefer her old music.

          The entire trak list are as followed:
          Whats my name
          Cheers
          Fading
          Only girl in the world
          Californa King Bed
          Man Down
          Rainging Men
          Complicated
          Skin
          Love the way you lie Part II

          This can be bought for £10 and includes many interesting stars such as Drake, Eminem and Nicki Minaj

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            19.04.2011 18:05
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            Rihanna isn't at her best.

            Rihanna - what can be said about this 23 year old Barbadian that hasn't already been said? Through her undeniable talent, unique sense of style and turbulent personal life, Rihanna has undoubtedly become one of the biggest names on the planet. Since her debut way back in 2005, the young Rihanna has massed up sales of 45 million singles and with the release of album number 5, that trend doesn't seem to be slowing.

            S&M
            What's My Name
            Cheers (Drink To That)
            Fading
            Only Girl (In The World)
            California King Bed
            Man Down
            Raining Men
            Complicated
            Skin
            Love The Way You Lie (Part 2)

            The album kicks off in a big way, with S&M. This is pure and cheesy electro pop and I defy anyone not to like this after a couple of listens. Yes it's repetitive, yes it's auto-tuned beyond recognition, but I'll be damned if this isn't one of the catchiest tracks on the album and the most club friendly. A lot of it isn't exactly what you could call 'radio friendly', with the title suggesting most of this already, but nonetheless it's a different and undoubtedly more grown up Rihanna from her days of singing about umbrellas and breaking dishes. Thing is though, despite the songs undeniable catchiness, I fear that Rihanna finds herself making a living from her reputation these days, with anything she releases a sure fire hit.

            That said, Loud is definitely a step away from the dark and arguably superior Rated R. She's been down the teenage pop princess route, she's been a sultry R&B diva and now it would seem she wants to conquer the early 20s clubbers market. What strikes me though is that Rihanna strives to change her route through each album, which shows that she's not satisfied just accomplishing one genre, this girl is set for world domination (think Lady Gaga without the male anatomy!). Rihanna is frequently compared to Beyonce, however Beyonce has, even since her Destiny's Child days been set in her own comfort zone and stuck to that (to her credit), whereas it would seem either Rihanna does indeed want to take over the world, or she hasn't quite found her niche yet, either way audiences seem to lap it up.

            Some artists are multitalented - they sing, they dance, they write, they act and they even like to release a fragrance or two in the process. Rihanna, albeit extremely talented, has no input into this, or any other albums whatsoever. It would seem that Rihanna is almost just the 'pretty face' chosen to sing someone else's songs. Rihanna of course does every song justice and despite her slightly nasally tone her voice is entirely infectious, it is a little disappointing that you're not getting to know the real girl. Production wise everything flows relatively well, although there's a definite change in pace around half way through, where the album shifts, not just in genre, but also in quality, the first half being far superior to the latter and it's a shame they couldn't mix things up a little to make the wavering quality a little less prevalent.

            Single wise, the first two are the best on the album, without doubt, with S&M coming a close third. Only Girl In The World, was our first introduction to Rihanna's Loud era and what an introduction. From the moment this song starts it grabs you and although the trance sound isn't one that Rihanna is particularly familiar with she pulls it off with an enormous amount of confidence and style, enough to rocket it to number one in the UK late last year. What's My Name takes Rihanna back to her R&B roots for an infectious duet with fairly new rapper, Drake, who compliments the song to perfection. This is my favourite song from the album and despite being several months since its release, still sounds fresh on every listen.

            Speaking of duets, there are a couple here, not only is newcomer Drake featured here, but one of my favourite new artists Nicki Minaj features too. Rihanna also features on Nicki Minaj's album and in my opinion it's a far superior song to Rihanna's Raining Men. Rihanna could almost be accused of rapping and when Nicki Minaj eventually comes in she blows Rihanna out of the water. The song itself is bland at best, it's affable enough, but nowhere one of the stand out tracks. The highlight is Nicki Minaj's rap, which is disappointing considering that this is a Rihanna track. Final duet comes in the form of the king of hip hop himself (despite what Lil Wayne claims) Eminem. Love The Way You Lie, featured on Eminem's Recovery album was the standout for many reasons and was definitely his best track for years. Similar to the sizzling duet between Jay Z and Alicia Keys, Empire State Of Mind, Love The Way You Lie has been remixed to feature Rihanna on lead vocals, with Eminem contributing a verse near the end. Unfortunately with Eminem taking a backseat this song is bland, it was his heartfelt and emotional lyrics and tone that made this song work - Rihanna simply sounds bored. It does perk up when Eminem pops in towards the end, but unfortunately it isn't enough to rescue this sinking ship and I doubt it will have the huge impact that Alicia Key's remix had.

            Another of my favourite tracks on the album is Fading, which, although isn't one that'll be noticed straight away because it's really just a mid-tempo R&B number and doesn't have the finesse that What's My Name or S&M possess. However, this song harbours something special for me and reflects back to the old Rihanna and her Good Girl Gone Bad era. Ballad wise, we have California King Bed (ridiculous name I know), unfortunately the song is rather 'meh' and definitely not the Rihanna we know and love. This girl can do an R&B ballad (Unfaithful, Take A Bow), but sadly this just doesn't reflect her previous work.

            The worst track on the album is Man Down. What were they thinking including this? It's a reggae inspired number where Rihanna sings in a ridiculously irritating accent about shooting a man dead in Central Station. Appropriate! Skin and Complicated are only vaguely better unfortunately.

            Overall this is a highly unbalanced album that doesn't reflect Rihanna's real abilities and with the only really good songs already having been released as singles it'll be interesting as to what she chooses next. Rihanna can and has done much, much better.

            A disappointing effort.

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              If you like singles, you'll enjoy this.

              "Loud is, the word, the name of the album definitely reflects the attitude of it, it's really sassy and flirty and it grabs your attention and that's why I enjoy it. It takes you through a really, really interesting ride" - Rihanna [Entertainment Tonight interview]

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              Who and what
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              LOUD is the fifth album from Barbadian singer/actress Rihanna [it follows Music Of The Sun, A Girl Like Me, Good Girl Gone Bad and Rated R]. It has been released through Def Jam and was recorded between February to August 2010. It is Rihanna's second album [following A Girl Like Me] to be influenced by the dance/pop scene.

              Rihanna herself is the executive producer, along with Antonio L.A. Reid and Evan Rogers. Individual track producers include Alex da Kid, Carl Sturken, Polow da Don, The Runners, Mel & Mus, Soundz, StarGate and Tricky Stewart.


              LOUD's lead single 'Only Girl (In The World)' landed Rihanna her fourth Grammy Award [for Best Dance Recording] in 2011.


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              The album
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              Song writers include Eminem, Holly Hafferman, Kenneth Coby, Jamal Jones, Andrew Harr, Avril Lavinge, Jermaine Jackson, Shontelle, Ester Dean and Nicki Minaj.

              I was disappointed to learn that Rihanna didn't write any tracks herself, especially since she's looked down her nose at the likes of Katy Perry [one of her best mates], Ke$ha and Lady GaGa for just being 'pop' singers, when they both do write their own material.


              * S&M *

              Went to #3 in the singles chart.

              The name says it all really, so I won't explain the lyrics any further. I will say the lyrics themselves are very simple and highly repetitive, so they get stuck in your head. Pair these catchy lyrics with a energetic Euro dance/pop beat and I'm hooked.

              Some stations have renamed the song 'Come On' and bleep out many parts of it. Why can Kings Of Leon boast that their sex is on fire, but if Rihanna uses the word "sex" it gets bleeped? "Whips" and "chains" are another two words that are too extreme for listeners ears on radio/TV, so you really need to hear the album version to appreciate the song minus bleeps and muting effects.

              [As much as I love this version, I'll point that she's just released a killer remix of S&M, featuring a extra verse sung by a autotune free Britney Spears, which is miles better then this]


              * What's My Name? [featuring Drake] *

              Went to #1 in the singles chart.

              The lyrical content of the song has been as "sassy" and as being "[what] lyrically amounts to romantic, sexual sweet nothings". There's not much I can think of adding for this track; It's not terrible, but it's certainly not special either. It reminds me too much of 'Only Girl (In The World), but with none of it's charm and sensuality. After hearing "Oh na na, what's my name?" a few times, you'll be screaming "It's f***ing Rihanna"...

              Oh; Drake's rap contains the lines "I heard that you're good with those soft lips, you know word-of-mouth?" and "the square root of 69 is eight, right?", which caused a mini scandal in the U.S. apparently. Are your ears burning?


              * Cheers (Drink To That) *

              This track features a looping guitar groove that interpolates Avril Lavigne's "I'm With You".

              It's the weekend, so it's time to head to the bar and... that's it. I waited for this track to go somewhere in vain, as it seems to be building up for a thumbing chorus. It has simple lyrics like 'S&M', but the music doesn't suit the track at all - it needed the same club beats to give it some life. Oh - Avril's looped "yeah, yeahhh" winds the hell out of me. This is the track I've played the least.

              It seems that I'm in the minority however; Rihanna asked her fans to vote for the track they wanted to have as the third single [S&M won] and this came in second.


              * Fading *

              Interestingly for a feisty break-up song, this samples Enya's "One by One".

              After the three songs which have louder, shouty lyrics we see Rihanna turn it down a notch. It's not lyrically exciting - she's telling her partner she's bored, so he can go bye-bye - but they're catchy. Paired with her ever growing vocals, confident delivery and the piano lead, Enya infused music this track is lifted up a level.


              * Only Girl (In The World) *

              Went to #1 on the singles chart.

              At first I didn't like the single as it's lyrically needy; basically the song is about Rihanna reminding her partner to give her his attention and the video is cheesy and cheap looking. But when I really paid attention to the lines of the chorus I realised that the lyrics are actually upbeat, confident and sensual. Musically it's very Euro pop, with synths and a heavy bass line.

              The result is like a cross between 'Don't Stop The Music' and 'Rude Boy'.


              * California King Bed *

              Here we get a bit of a throw-back to the 'Good Girl Gone Bad' era with an acoustic ballad. There are two ways in which I interpret the lyrics:
              1) She is in a long term relationship and is bemoaning the distance between her and her partner.
              2) Her relationship has grown stale and there is an emotional distance between her and her partner.

              Even though I'm not sure how to interpret the lyrics they are solid and emotive. I can see this being released as a single, but there is nothing new or catchy here so this fails to interest me.


              * Man Down *

              Rihanna apologizes for shooting down a guy; after all "he could have been somebody's son" (no s**t Sherlock). I'll go ahead and assume that she means he came on to her and she turned him down, rather than imagining her as a T-1000.

              The lyrics are accompanied by Island-vibe infused R&B, which makes it stand out from the other tracks on LOUD.

              Like with 'California King Bed', this is an overall solid song, but it just doesn't interest me in the slightest.


              * Raining Men [featuring Nicki Minaj] *

              Was added to U.S. radio playlists in December 2010, but didn't get hugely positive feedback.

              Not only does it share it's title with the camptastic single by The Weather Girls, but it shares a similar theme - basically Rihanna is hot and savvy, so the men are practically raining down around her. Rihanna has described the track as "quirky and funny", but I think "cheesy and egotistic" is more accurate.

              I don't like Nicki Minaj or rap in general, so maybe I'm not the best person to be rating this track, but I don't think that she adds anything to the song; Her rap is just there to reinforce the previous lyrics, not to add to them.


              * Complicated *

              The lyrics and down-tempo R&B beats to 'Complicated' reminds me slightly of 'Fading'; but instead of saying her partner can up and go she's saying that she's going to hang in there, in the hope that he realises what he's going to lose if he doesn't change.

              Even though it is similar to another track on this album I still play this a lot and would like this to be a single, as the possibility for remixes is intriguing.


              * Skin *

              Another slower R&B number and it's again acoustically lead. The lyrics are basically her saying that being naked is good, so lose the shirt and jeans, but her seductive purr and the guitar riffs are very appealing.

              This is another track that has interesting single possibilities.


              * Love The Way You Lie (Part II) [featuring Eminem] *

              The original went to #2 on the singles chart.

              Best described as a sequel to 'Love the Way You Lie', this time with Rihanna as the lead vocalist, viewing a abusive relationship from the woman's point of view. The music for this version was bare; Only a piano and drums are used.

              The lyrics come of as being very personal and autobiographical, so I was surprised that Rihanna didn't write it. Eminem must have written the two versions with her in mind, I guess. Speaking of Eminem; He has one brief verse this time, the last verse. The whole song had slowly been building up mo mention, so his delivery seems savage and is very effective.


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              Worth buying?
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              LOUD was produced to be an album full of potential singles, one of the executive producer's even compared the album to Micheal Jackson's Thriller...

              Whilst LOUD is never going to reach that goal there is only one 'filler' [Cheers] on here, so it's pats on the back all round. Half of the songs on LOUD aren't to my taste personally, there is a variety of styles present and so there is something for almost everyone on here. Rihanna was rumoured to have hired a vocal coach prior to recording LOUD and after listening to this it does seem plausible; Her best vocals are on this album, so there are clear signs of growth on both her song choices and vocals as she continues her one-year-between-albums trend.


              In short; although LOUD is a solid album, I find it similar to Good Girl Gone Bad in that I skip over several tracks as they're not to my taste and I consider Rated R to be her best album.


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              Track Listing
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              1. S&M
              2. What's My Name?
              3. Cheers (Drink To That)
              4. Fading
              5. Only Girl (In The World)
              6. California King Bed
              7. Man Down
              8. Raining Men
              9. Complicated
              10. Skin
              11. Love The Way You Lie (Part II)

              The deluxe edition contains the same regular edition tracks, but also comes with an thirty minute DVD of the making of LOUD, live performance footage from NYC's Madison Square Garden and the photoshoot for Rihanna's Reb'l Fleur perfume.

              The Couture album edition is the same as the deluxe edition of Loud, as well as a deluxe cover art lithograph, a box set with enhanced clear couture cover and a full-size photo book.


              The Japanese edition features two remixes:
              12. Only Girl (In the World) (The Bimbo Jones Radio)
              13. Only Girl (In the World) (CCW Radio Mix)


              Itunes has a deluxe edition, which features a bonus remix track and the music video for LOUD's lead single.
              12. Love the Way You Lie (Piano version)
              13. Only Girl (In the World) (Music video)

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                A fun and unique album

                Ive always been a big fan of Rihanna. Each album she has ever made has been unique and different and LOUD is no exception. Rihanna is back with her 5th album and makes a swift change from the dark and edgy sound from her last album. LOUD is fun and upbeat and is guarateed to make you in a mood to start dancing.

                S&M is the first track. It is a very rauchy track and is fun and upbeat. You can tell that Rihanna doesn't take herself too seriously in this track with lyrics like "sticks and stones may break my bones but chains and whips excite me"

                Whats My Name is where Rihanna uses her Barbados roots and combines it with modern pop to create a fun uptempo song.

                Cheers (Drink To That) is a fun song about letting your hair down and partying. It cleverly samples Avril Lavigne's Im With You to create a song you just want to sing along to.

                Faiding is one of the few balads on the album. Its beautiful balad about splitting up with your lover.

                Only Girl is the first single off the album. Its very upbeat and perfect for the clubs.

                California King Bed is where you really hear Rihanna's vocals at her best. Its a beautiful ballad with a lot of emotion to it.

                Mad Down again goes back to Rihanna's bardados roots. Its very reggae which draws from Rihanna's influences.

                Raining Men is a fun collabaration with Nicki Minaj which draws on the theme of woman independence.

                Complicated starts as a mid-tempo song with strong and powerful vocals. It thenexplodes into a more uptempo and upbeat song.

                Skin is my favourite song on the album for the reason that it is very sexy and slow

                Love The Way You Lie (part 2) takes a unique approach to the original. It is a lot more stipped down and includes a new chorus from Eminem.

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                Rihanna happily skipped to the studio in 2010 to record a feisty album dedicated to the joy of sex.

                I will be reviewing the standard edition that includes eleven tracks. Rihanna isn't one of my favourite singers out there, but she's quite an interesting character. Her popularity has risen in recent years for pop songs suited to dance for clubs and parties. Born and raised in Barbados, she adds a lot of reggae elements in her songs that would make me think of those tropical places with fancy beaches such as Barbados. She's listed major influences from Mariah Carey, Madonna, Beyoncé Knowles and Bob Marley. Her fifth album, Loud offers RnB oriented club songs with pop and Caribbean influences much more obvious then it's predecessors' Music Of The Sun, A Girl Like Me, Good Girl Gone Bad and Rated R.

                During the era of her previous album, Rated R she suffered from an unfortunate case of domestic abuse from her ex-boyfriend, Chris Brown. A lot of people marked Rated R as her most darkest album to date. A huge contrast to Loud as a lot of the songs contain themes of sex and happiness.

                What I quite like about Rihanna's voice and what I think makes her stand out from the crowd is the deep shaky tone in her voice. Sometimes she can sound quite ranty and silly like in Rude Boy and Umbrella. When she puts the effort in it, she can make some beautiful songs such as Unfaithful and Russian Roulette. The vibrant shade of red on her hair has also helped her stand out. It's quite easy to forget that she was only 22 at the time she was released. It's not ridiculously high-pitched. However, I sometimes find that she doesn't always put a lot of effort in the singing and can sound more like shouting, but she's quite a good dancer. In some live performances it's usually her appearance that's the most eye-catching. I think she needs to balance the vocals and the appearance out. Once she's done that, I think she'll be fine.

                What I quite like about this album is how obvious it is to see how jolly Rihanna is. She certainly had a more uplifting year in 2010 following the success with her collaboration with a hip hop ballad from Eminem called Love The Way You Lie. The majority of the songs are pretty good and quite fun to listen to. She's often criticized for skimpy outfits and caused an outrage on the X Factor Finals for wearing what looked like a retro bikini. Like everything that causes controversy in X Factor, they all got over it and moved on.

                The design and inlay content is really nice. There a lot of hues of red and pink. There are some really stunning photographs and graphics on there. My favourite is the page with Rihanna laying with her eyes closed with the flowers. The one I found most striking was a slick photograph of her naked lower body with a white flower covering her private bits like a secret garden.

                The lyrics on the album are as feisty as the one who sings them. This is defiantly the case for the opening track, S&M. One of my favourite tracks on the album because Rihanna sounds very excited. It doesn't show her vocals at her strongest point, but it shows what she can do. The lyrics are a stand-out on here and awfully catchy. To me it sounds like a modern adoption to Michael Jackson's classic song, Bad. Very direct and I can hear that Rihanna feels very sensual.

                "Cause I may be bad, but I'm perfectly good at it.
                Sex in the air, I don't care, I love the smell of it.
                Sticks and stones may break my bones,
                But chains and whips excite me."
                - Chorus from S&M.

                One track that surprised me was the third track named "Cheers (Drink To That)" I knew straight from the title that it was going to be another club banger and I had a feeling I was going to dislike it, but to my surprise I quite liked it. It includes distinctive backing vocals from Avril Lavigne, though they sound like they were copied and pasted from Avril's song I'm With You. Everyone can relate to this song and Rihanna

                I personally think some of the single choices were quite poor, but I think the reason they sold quite well is because Rihanna is one of those artists who could sing about toilet paper and it chart at a respectable place. The lead single, Only Girl (In The World) is a rather silly track and I think the lyrics are rather distasteful at times, though verse 2 is rather sweet. It suffers from a lack of consistency but I can see why some other people like it, it's just not for me. I think others would find it really catchy and enjoyable for it's club oriented style.

                "I want you to love me, like I'm a hot pie.
                Keep thinkin' of me, doin' what you like.
                So boy forget about the world cuz it's gon' be me and you tonight.
                I wanna make your bed for ya, then imma make you swallow your pride."
                - Verse one of The Only Girl (In The World)

                Another disappointment for me was the second track, What's My Name?. It includes an awkward rapping from Drake who sounds quite weak here. Rihanna sounds all over the place and overall, I think it's quite a mess.

                "I heard you good with them soft lips
                Yeah you know word of mouth
                The square root of 69 is 8 something."
                Drake's rapping and wording is rather odd here.

                Another interesting track is Man Down. It reminded me of one of Queen's song being given a major reconstruction in rumba style. I liked the lyrics in the song and found it quite catchy. If you liked Rude Boy, I think you'll love this. Rihanna shows a lot of different sides to her vocal range here.

                "Oh mama mama mama I just shot a man down.
                In central station, in front of a big ol crowd.
                Oh Why Oh Why Oh mama mama mama I just shot a man down.
                In central station."
                - Chorus to Man Down.

                The album closes with a sequel to Eminem's hit, Love The Way You Lie (Part II). It is much different and stand outs from the rest of the tracks as it's much more serious and more powerful. The lyrics are very solid and have much more value than the rest of the tracks. Rihanna shows the beautiful side of her vocals. I participially love how Eminem is included in the song because I think it makes the track sound much more authentic.

                "you hit me twice, yeah, but who's countin'?
                I may have hit you three times, I'm startin' to lose count
                but together, we'll live forever, we found the youth fountain."
                - A section of Eminem's part to Love The Way You Lie Part II

                I would recommend this to my friends because this is the style of music that appeal to them the most. My best friend loves dancing and can relate to a lot of tracks on this album. I don't think this is the best album from Rihanna, but it's more of a taster album to keep her fans happy. Minus What's My Name and The Only Girl In The World, I enjoyed the album. I would listen to it again, but not as a whole. I would skip straight to S&M, California King Bed, Cheers and Love The Way You Lie. All of the songs that haven't been released as a single have potential to be a solid single. S&M was announced as a new single, which I'm quite pleased about because I think the music video to it would be quite interesting. I also hope the interesting ballad California King Bed gets released as a single.

                One way I think the album could have been improved was by taking more time with it. Her activity in her career is great and the ability to release hit albums a year apart is a marvellous trait to have but the quality of the production is sacrificed. I think that would have made the consistency and variety a lot more better.

                1. S&M - "Sticks and stones may break my bones but chains and whips excite me." 5/5
                2. What's My Name (featuring Drake) - "Oh na na na what's my name?" 0/5
                3. Cheers (Drink to That) - "Cheers to the freaking weekend." 5/5
                4. Fading - "Go on, be gone, bye bye so long." 3/5
                5. Only Girl (In the World) - "Want you to make me feel that I'm the only girl in world." 1/5
                6. California King Bed - "In this California king bed we're ten thousand miles apart" 4/5
                7. Man Down - "I didn't mean to end his life." 5/5
                8. Raining Men (featuring Nicki Minaj) - "Ladies don't worry cause they got plenty more." 4/5
                9. Complicated - "You're not so easy to love." 3/5
                10. Skin - "Baby strip down for me, go on take em off." 3/5
                11. Love the Way You Lie (Part II) (featuring Eminem) - "Even angels have their wicked schemes." 5/5

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                  if you like Rihanna - buy it

                  Rihanna is back with her fifth album (can you believe it?). The album is called Loud and was released in the United Kingdom on November 15th 2010 and so is very recent. The album is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £8.93 which I think is great value for money considering that the CD is very recent.

                  ~* Tracklist *~
                  1) S&M 2)What's My Name 3)Cheers (Drink To That) 4)Fading 5)Only Girl In The World 6)California King Bed 7)Mad Down 8)Raining Men 9)Complicated 10)Skin 11)Love The Way You Lie

                  ~* New Album *~
                  When I heard that Rihanna had a new album coming out, I was so excited as I absolutely loved her last album Rated R and so wasn't sure if she would be able to get any better!

                  ~* Songs *~
                  I really like 'Skin' as it quite different. It is a laid back kind of song, and not 'in your face'. I'm not too keen on the song 'Complicated' ; I had heard some great reviews about this song, but I just found it to be really bland.


                  ~* Is It Better Than Rated R ?*~
                  I thought that Rated R was a fantastic album and was probably my favourite album of 2010. Most of my favourite Rihanna songs are from that album ; 'Te Amo', 'Russian Roulette', 'Hard' and 'Stupid In Love'. And so the big question is, is this album better than the last? I really want to say a big YES!! but after some careful consideration, I have decided that no, this album is not as good as 'Rated R', and so I am a bit disappointed, although in all honesty 'Rated R' was a top album which I thought would be hard to beat!

                  ~* Rihanna's Voice *~
                  At the beginning of her career, I did think that Rihanna had quite an annoying sound as it was a bit 'moany' and she sounded more like she was whining that singing. However, as time has gone on, I have actually come to like her voice, providing she is singing a song that suits her voice. I think that this album seems to focus more on Rihanna's voice ; it definately shows off her great vocals.Unlike her last album, where the songs consisted of 'ai-yay ai-yays' and 'oh, oh's', focusing more on the songs, this album seems to be less song-focussed, with more emphasise on her voice, which is interesting.


                  ~* What Do I Think *~
                  I think that Rihanna has taken a slightly different approach with this album ; a new chapter in her career. Although, if I am honest, I somehow don't think that it is for the better. Although at first I was slightly shocked by her 'hard' image and sound, but then after getting used to it, I realised that I liked her 'gangster' image as it was different. Although it seems as though she has taken a step backwards with this album. This album seems like a pre Rated R album. She seems to have gone back to being girlie (ish) again.

                  If you have enjoyed Rihanna's previous albums, and enjoyed all the different changes, then I would definately recommend this album! It is a good album, just not as good as I had expected it ; I had quite high hopes after the last one!


                  Thanks for reading :)
                  November 21st 2010
                  xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)

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                    Just buy the tracks you like on Itunes

                    Rihanna's new album LOUD declares an exit from her dark Rated R era, just under one year since her last release. Is it too soon? This album sees her in a colourful, fun, happy way. With singles "Only Girl", "What's my name" and promo "Who's that chick" already hitting radios way before the album was released, a lot of hype was formed around this album... does it live up to the hype?

                    ~~~ALBUM COVER~~~
                    The album cover is a head shot of Rihanna with her fabulously hot new red hair, matched by her lusciously red lips and eyes closed. A sensual shot carefully treated with a delicate filter that turns what would otherwise be a solid and crisp photo into a dreamy one. The photo itself definitely matches the title of "Loud", but will the songs inside reflect this too?

                    ~~~TRACKLIST~~~
                    The album contains 11 new tracks:

                    01. S&M 3.5/5
                    "Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but chains and whips excite me" are part of the lyrics to this song. Fun, sexy and quirky, this song has a strong beat, but fails to excite me. It is an average song to me, but I may grow to like it.

                    02. What's My Name? ft. Drake 4/5
                    This song is almost split into two halves, one with Drake, the other with Rihanna. Contrary to previous collaborations with male artists, Drake takes the song rather slow in his rap which is a nice change, but the Rihanna parts are quick, witty and catchy. The chorus is really addictive and this song is a really really solid track. A Rihanna solo version is available on the extended edition which would make this song 4.5/5.

                    03. Cheers (Drink to That) 4.5/5
                    Sampling Avril Lavigne's "I'm With You", the song places "AYeahaYeah, A YeahaYeah" here there and everywhere. Whilst it's a great sound for Avril's song, their voices clash completely, and I find myself more focussed on Avril's bit... the song is catchy whether it has the Avril sampling or not, and personally I would do without it. Also don't like the muffled party bit near the end... but all in all a good song.

                    04. Fading 3.5/5
                    A fun song but just doesn't stand out... Upon the first listen, it sounds like something that jumped out of the 90s. I think I'll get into it if I listen to it a few times more, but right now, it is fading amongst the other songs.

                    05. Only Girl (In The World) 4/5
                    The first single to be released from this album, Only Girl (In The World) is a shouty yet upbeat track that takes a while to catch on. Definitely going to be a club/dance hit, it peaked on the US 100 billboards at #3. This is not my favourite track from the singer, but nonetheless better than anything found in "Music of the Sun". Whilst it may be "loud" in the literal sense, it's more of a "headache" loud.

                    06. California King (Bed) 4.5/5
                    A lovely soft introduction followed by sweet lyrics and a powerful chorus. Wasn't too fond of the weird song title- how can you sing about a California King Bed? But the song is strong, and compared to the weaker tracks of this album, this stands out as being the best ballad here.

                    07. Man Down 5/5
                    A strong beat with a Bajan sound, this song is one of the best on the album. The darker references bring back the Rated R theme in a lighter more fun way, and I wish all tracks on this album was like this.

                    08. Raining Men (Ft. Nicki Minaj) 1/5
                    Completely out of place and a huge wreck. It isn't something a human can listen to- it just sounds so awkward and terrible- goes to show not all collabs work!

                    09. Complicated 2.5/5
                    A really boring song and just doesn't capture you in any way. It tries too hard to be shouty that it strains too much. NEXT.

                    10. Skin 3.5/5
                    Not too fond of this one, again forgettable. It is Ok to listen to- sounds a bit like Rated R tracks with the backing...

                    11. Love The Way You Lie Part II (Ft. Eminem) 5/5
                    Retaining the style and emotion of the first, Part II turns the perspective on the female side, making this song much more soft and sensual. The chorus being the same definitely makes this consistent, as well as Eminem's rap which has a similar beat and grows in intensity which is great. This is the best way to end this album possible.

                    NOTE:
                    Who's That Chick (4.5/5) was part of Doritos' Late Night Campaign; this track was leaked on the internet and sent fans in a craze. The song is heavily autotuned and has a more generic sound, which for some reason I like more than "Only Girl". This song is highly addictive and you can't get it out of your head. This is on the extended edition.

                    SONGS TO LOVE- Cheers, Love The Way You Lie Part 2, Man Down,
                    SONGS TO SKIP- Complicated, Raining Men

                    ~~~PRICE~~~
                    The album can be purchased for under £10 on Amazon and most online retailers.

                    ~~~OVERALL~~~
                    LOUD definitely has a select few strong tracks, but also some really forgettable ones. The album as a whole will not please everyone, and personally, I only like a few tracks A LOT. The others I wouldn't miss at all. Get those select few good ones on iTunes and ditch the rest.

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