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I have always been a big fan of Rihanna so when she released her latest album i was very excited to hear it. The album has got 11 songs and there is also a mixture of sounds from RnB, Pop, Reggae, Ballads and electro dance and after listening to the album several times it really grew on me as i wasnt sure on some songs.
I think when you buy a Rihanna album you never know what to expect as we all know she is very outrageous and alot of her songs are just about sex and this album was very much that and you couldnt probably relate to any of the songs as many people do this, but i think its a good CD if you just wanted to hear Rihannas type of music as you can always have a good dance to it and a good sing a long as every song is rather catchy.
I do feel as a Rihanna fan that this album seemed a bit rushed compared to others and random songs were just thrown together on the album but saying that i still like it but i dont feel it will be everyones cup of tea.
Rihanna was born in 1988 in Saint Michael Barbados. Really a nice childhood she seems not to have had and was mainly affected by the drug addiction of her father. She already began singing at age seven. In 2003 she met producer Evan Rogers where she auditioned along with two classmates, but she was the only one who made a real impression. Only two years later and after completing her high school education Evan Rogers went with four demos of Rihanna along to the record companies like Def Jam Recordings and they were sold. Since then she is still affiliated with Def Jam Recordings. In total, they released six albums.
This album is the 6th studio album! Not bad when you think that she is around 23 years old. This album was released in november 2011 and has received generally positive reviews. Rihanna brought a very strong first single from the album that was one of the best songs of the year. The album is a mix of dance, electro, R & B and reggae. All songs on the album are very individual and different from anything we have heard from Rihanna. The album is quite short with only 11 tracks and a total playing time of 38 minutes.
You Da One. The album kicks off with this fun, pop song which was released as second single. For me, this song is a bit slow and boring to listen to. It has a reggae vibe that I love, but it's a bit whiny and repetitive in some parts of song. I'm not really mad at Rihanna's voice and in my opinion it is not one of the strongest songs on the album.
We Found Love. We Found Love is the familiar first single from this album. This song, in my opinion, is one of the best she has ever released. It has very catchy lyrics and had an amazing artistic video. It has a great beat and is more up tempo and a great dance song.
Talk That Talk. On this song she has collaborated with Jay-Z. This song remains away from the pop / dance genre and is just pure R & B. Personally I think this kind of music just fits better and it's a great song on the album. It reminds me of how Rihanna sounded on her album Rated R, more R & B.
Birthday Cake. The title already sounds vague and that is the song. It is certainly a less song on the album. Cake is a word which comes up about 1,000 times in the song and sounds like a mess. Definitely one to skip.
Drunk on Love. Rihanna's emotions are evident in this song. It is certainly a strong song and is more instrumental. The song is about love and that you only need it in life. Towards the end of the song is more a dance beat that's surprisingly close to the front.
Generally this is a reasonable album, but it flies in all directions. You have nice dance songs, beautiful ballads and songs about sex. I'm a fan of Rihanna, but this album strikes me somewhat of a disappointment. Normally she is very consistent, but with this album she comes across as hurried. There are however a few very good songs on this album, but the combination with the other songs they almost fade. I think 'We Found Love "is absolutely the best song closely followed by" Farewell. " Three stars for me.
Rihanna is one of the worlds biggest star right now with some huge hits under her belt. But to me it seems Rihanna is in need of taking a year or two out of music to focus on a new direction because it feels like all these years of releasing album after album once a year has finally caught up on her. Im a fan of Rihanna but would love to have something unexpected off her for once. However, it is a pretty OK album.
'You Da One' opens the album and is a pretty descent track apart from its ever so repetitive lyrics and beats. On the plus side, it does get you in the mood for a dance.
The second track 'Where Have You Been' is one of those songs you just cant tell whether you like it or not, when i first heard it i would say i liked it but now it sounds like Rihanna is screeching all the way through, the beats are pretty good though!
'We Found Love' features amazing producer Calvin Harris and is without a doubtthe best song on the album, it has everything that a great dance track need: good beats, brilliant vocals and a nightclub is where this song belongs! Fantastic!
The forth and album titled track 'Talk That Talk' features Jay-Z and is a credit to the album, it seperates the whole boring side of the album and makes you want to dance, her vocals in this song makes us remember why we love Rihanna.
'Cockiness (Love It)' is the fifth track from her sixth studio album and is sexually suggestive, but doesn't give off the same hotness as her previous single from her last album 'S&M' delivered. Its an OK song but nothing special.
The sixth track from the album 'Birthday Cake' is just over a minute long and really doesnt deserve to be on any album never mind Rihanna album.
The seventh track 'We All Want Love' is not a bad song, its aa soft ballad which is always nice from Rihanna. However, some of her vocals are very expectedly placed into some areas.
Eighth track 'Drunk On Love' is another not good song from the album and is not even worth being mentioned.
The ninth track 'Roc Me Out' is similar in beats to previous songs in the album, but has a certain fresh vibe to it that i sort of like.
The tenth track 'Watch N Learn' is a typical Rihanna song, suggestive, sexy, flirty and a genuine fun song. I love it and think it could do very well released as a single
The closing track 'Farewell' is a good song off the album (and no, not because you know its ending in the next few minutes!), its a heartfelt ballad which seems like anyone could relate to.
I bought this album after falling in love with We Found Love. I paid £8.98 for it, which was the average price at the time.
The album features the single We Found Love which features Calvin Harris. The song is a great pop song with a disco feel to it. The pumping background beat really makes you wanna get up and dance. The song is really uplifting and it has a feel good sound to it. It doesn't really sound like something Rihanna would come up with but I love it. You Da One is another good tune on the album. This comes on straight after We Found Love and it's another cool Rihanna style love song. Both songs I have mentioned have been about love but they've mentioned love in different ways. Rihanna explores a lot about love in this album - both the good stuff and the bad.
A few songs towards the end of the album aren't as good as the songs towards the top, however I wouldn't go as far as to say that they are fillers. The album isn't padded in any way as each and every song IS worth a listen. This is a new side to Rihanna and she isn't afraid to say how she feels - notice the parental advisory sticker on the front cover.
I do enjoy listening to this album but due to how honest and frank it is I doubt it'd be to everyone's taste.
"There's nobody really in my league. There's competition everywhere. The whole music industry is competition. There are people who like other artists, those who like me and others who like both. Beyonce is a great artist, and I feel honored to be mentioned in the same sentence, but we're different performers with different styles." - Rihanna
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TALK THAT TALK is the sixth album by Barbadian born Rihanna [Robyn Fenty]. The album was recorded between February - November 2011 and was released in November 2011, through Def Jam Recordings.
Rihanna and Evan Rogers are the executive producers for TALK THAT TALK. Producers for the individual tracks include Alex da Kid, Mr. Bangladesh, Calvin Harris, Chase & Status, Dr. Luke, Ester Dean, Hit-Boy, No I.D., Priscilla Renea, Rob Swire, Stargate and The-Dream.
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The impressive list of song writers for TALK THAT TALK includes Jay-Z, P Diddy, Calvin Harris, Ester Dean, Lukasz Gottwald, John Hill, Baria Qureshi, Romy Croft, Oliver Sim, Jamie Smith, Priscilla Renea and Chauncey Hollis.
Rihanna has co-wrote six of the songs on TALK THAT TALK [four regular album tracks and two of the bonus tracks]: You Da One, Cockiness, Birthday Cake, Watch n Learn, Red Lipstick and Do Ya Thing. Sounds good at first glance, doesn't it? The thing is, ALL of those songs are about sex. I find the heavy repetition boring, not shocking, daring or sexy. It's like that work colleague who always drones on about her weekend hook-ups; I want to tell her to p*ss off or talk about something different, because she's just boring me to tears, not impressing me or leaving me envious. I just want to know if Rihanna has anything else to say now.
Actually most of the album as a whole, not just Rihanna's contributions, is one declaration about the joy of sex, with a few tracks dedicated to needing a man, because being single is apparently the worst thing ever. During the publicity run for her last album [Loud] Rihanna was telling us about how she had to dye her hair red because her 'team' wouldn't let her dye it pink and how she has only just been allowed to wear red lipstick over the last few years, so is TALK THAT TALK her way of rebelling? I'm not trying to look down my nose at her or sound holier then thou, but the tracks are raunchy and littered with various obscenities and it seems like it's just there for the 'shock' value.
I was going to write a detailed track by track breakdown, about I quickly realised that I was just repeating myself, so lets just get straight to the point;
1) She's found Mr Right (who knows how to love her hard)
2) She must have lost Mr Right, because she's looking for a new one (to love her all night long)
3) She's found love with someone, but their personal demons are proving to be too much.
This song is rumoured to be a 'love letter' to Chris Brown, but Rihanna didn't write it, so I don't know why people jumped to that conclusion.
4) Jay Z reminds us that he's loaded, while Rihanna tells us that she loves dirty talk.
5) She loves oral sex.
6) She really loves oral sex [the version on the album is a 80 second snippet]
I was really excited about the full length, download only, version of this song. But as it features Chris Brown, who promises that he's "gonna give to her in the worst way", I find it disturbing and lost all interest in the song.
7) Rihanna needs to find somebody to love.
8) She craves love and is a hopeless romantic.
9) A track about sex, that is thinly disguised as being about dancing.
10) Again it's about sex. On floors, beds and couches, it's all good.
11) Her friend/boyfriend is moving away, so she's saying goodbye and wishing them well.
My main issue it that there's just not a lot of variety in the style of the lyrics shown here - the tone and content of the songs are all one of three themes from beginning to end. The only track that is different from that tired formula is Farewell. They really needed to mix the lyrical content and style up more since the pace of the music is the more or less the same thoughout the album. meaning that many of the tracks become lost and forgotten in the jumble of loud noise the album becomes.
Rihanna's management say that TALK THAT TALK "combines a variety of musical genres such as hip hop, R&B, Caribbean, trance, electro house, electro, dancehall and dubstep", but in all honesty every sounds like that same old dance/pop that loads of singers do. The only track which shows any real difference in musical style is [once again] Farewell and, as a result, Farewell sounds like it belongs on a different album.
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The first few times I listened to TALK THAT TALK I really enjoyed it, as I was happy to simply hum along to the lively, retro styled synths, but the disappointment started when I really listened to the lyrics and from that point on I found it good, but not anything amazing. Don't get me wrong; When TALK THAT TALK is at it's best we get what I think is of the strongest material Rihanna's released.
But, despite the three stronger tracks, TALK THAT TALK is still a huge let-down for me as there is a clear contrast between the quality of the material, that once you've noticed doesn't go away again. I'm not saying that it's a bad album, but it's too samey and, ultimately, forgettable. Three strong tracks [Where Have You Been, We Found Love and Drunk On Love] and two so-so ones [Talk That Talk and Roc Me Out] can't balance out the six 'filler' tracks.
Overall: TALK THAT TALK just sounds as though everyone ran out of time halfway through the making of the album, so just padded it out with any old tracks that were laying around, confident that her fan base will buy it and defend it regardless.
I'd give TALK THAT TALK 2.5 stars if I could, but I'll have to round it of to a reluctant three.
The overuse of fillers is, for me, a common theme with all of Rihanna's albums. She is definitely someone who I think of as a singles artist, not an albums artist. I'll probably buy any Greatest Hits collection that she may release, but I think the quality of her Rated R album was a fluke, so I'm not sure if I'll bother with another studio release from her in future. She needs to stop her 'an album every year' record, slow things down and spend longer working on evening out the quality levels on the songs, instead of relaying on filler tracks for the gaps in her releases.
Sometimes I wonder what it is that I am missing with Rihanna; whilst she has had some good singles, her albums are all slap dash, I disliked her live singing when I went to her Loud concert [she mumbled so much that I honestly had no idea what song she was singing. I suspect she was hungover - very professional], she uses uses a lack of clothes and 'shocking' [totally predictable and boring] 'dance' [dry humping the air] moves to promote herself.
I definitely don't see anything in her output to back up the quote at the top of my review, so, in my humble opinion, she needs to stop listening to yes men and tighten things up. Her ego is quite off-putting.
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1. You Da One
2. Where Have You Been
3. We Found Love
4. Talk That Talk
5. Cockiness (Love It)
6. Birthday Cake [snippet]
7. We All Want Love
8. Drunk On Love
9. Roc Me Out
10. Watch N' Learn
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12. Red Lipstick
At first I thought Rihanna was having a dig at the rag mags and tabloids, but the opening line is actually "red lipstick all ON the paper" [on a cigarette filter]. And later lines have her grabbing t*ts and d**ks. Another sex song - what a surprise.
13. Do Ya Thang
She loves her friend with benefits is my best guess. Overall this very similar to You Da One, so I guess that's why it's a bonus track.
14. Fool In Love
Rihanna's willing to look stupid by standing by the partner everyone thinks is no good for her. She should have had Chris Brown featuring on this, instead of ruining Birthday Cake.
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12 or 15. We Found Love [Extended mix]
Just what it says on the tin. The music isn't remixed or anything, so it is a pointless bonus song.
It's typical of Pop stars that are on top of their game; Rihanna's on a one album per year assault of the charts. Thus far, there's been no stopping her, so why should "Talk That Talk" be any different? Well, as she'd discover, her sixth record was another embraced by the masses and would do as well as you'd expect any megastar's latest LP to do. Add to that an all-stars list of producers and writers, it also has all the superficial qualities as an album with substance. However, appearances can be deceiving, as we all know.
It starts extremely well. Rihanna has a way of fitting into whatever shoes she's given. Although she may not be credited for having the best singing voice, her adaptability to whatever falls into her lap makes it another entertaining release. "You Da One" sits as one of her best singles (of the course of her entire career) and it sets the pace for similar tunes in an R&B-leaning style. "Cockiness" continues this and relies a lot on her willingness to take her music down the seductive route, which few are likely to turn down. Tracks like "Birthday Cake" are Rihanna at her best, so if you're not into it, you'll have trouble finding much to get excited about on the LP.
There's quite a bit of Electro. For some, there might not be an issue with this, but it takes away from what she gives on the rest of the album. When she's just belting her voice out over thumping House beats, there's a tendency for her to just lose focus and leave the listener with a tune which doesn't particularly sound like much effort into it. It means that a lot of the album flops and feels distinctly average, while other parts fit their purpose. "Talk That Talk" is quite 'here and there', so these patches of strong points often get followed with dry sections.
With Rihanna's high work rate it's easy to forget just how quickly she's been dumping out albums. Since the 'incident' with Chris Brown in 2009, there have been three whole albums and each of them features the singer in an entirely different state. "Rated R" was a broody and tough one, while "Loud" escaped all that, in favour of something far brighter and care-free. "Talk That Talk" can be perceived as a rushed mix of the two. While she retains an ability to deliver enormo-Pop effectively, a more authentic core acts as the album's undercurrent. It's not the most consistent release and (with just 11 songs) doesn't have any excuses for being so much of a jumble, but she doesn't fall short on the demand to make something for the Pop crowds and for those who'd prefer her in R&B mode.
It's the type of album you could miss, as it won't be long before she sticks something in its place, but you're unlikely to be bored if you give "Talk That Talk" a go.
If you don't see me in a while, it's because it's because the Rihanna Navy (a passionate Rihanna fanbase) found me guilty of treason. Talk That Talk is a painful album by Rihanna. Forgive me for having to make you look at that dreadful album cover which rips off Britney Spear's Femme Fatale. Unfortunately, since Rihanna is huge, she'll probably release half of this album as singles.
There is no real development. It has exactly the same sound and concepts as Loud. All the songs feel and sound the same. There's nothing new or creative here. I am very disappointed. I don't like it. I think it's poor, especially compared to her R&B masterpieces like Unfaithful, Russian Roulette, S&M, California King Bed and Love The Way You Lie Part II.
I've listened to this album quite a few times in hope that I would eventually warm up to the album and appreciate Talk That Talk. I think I've given the album enough changes for me to express my strong dislike for the album, although there are some guilty pleasures on the album.
I don't think it's Rihanna's fault. Even though she was clearly happy in her last record. She's been releasing a studio album nearly every year and takes part in lots of tours and music videos. She's a star on demand and with a combination of mixing business with pleasure has made her exhausted. She can make thoughtful music, but it seems as if she's never had a proper break. Even when she's on holiday the paparazzi follow her and take pictures and people think she's a slut based on her expressive stage persona and what they've read about her.
The album was rushed. Rihanna needs a rest. If she overworks her exhaustion will get worse and I will never be able to enjoy a Rihanna song again. Kids listen to this song and kids will be inspired by her. Exhaustion makes you do stupid things. Talk That Talk didn't reach it's potential.
You Da One gives me an unwelcoming opening. It's summery and very cliche. I hate the vocal style on here. It sounds like she's recycling segments of commercial songs and making her own song out of it. I can see that she tried to mix some modern sounds with her Caribbean routes, but they sound oddly awful. Which is a shame, because this could be adorable. Understandably, Rihanna doesn't really write her own songs but works with a variety of producers and song-writers.
Where Have You Been is a decent synthpop track, but the decline in the quality of the sound is obvious. No amount of autotune or eccentric keyboards can change that. It's thumping beat gives me a headache. When I'm listening to it, I feel like someone is punching my face.
The lead single We Found Love is a hopeless song in my opinion. I hate how the beats are so similar to the horrible introduction to Cher Llyod's song Swagger Jagger. I also don't think so go goes anywhere.
Talk That Talk features a popular rapper named Jay-Z, famous for his marriage to Beyonce Knowles. Talk That Talk is a bright and colourful song, with some decent lyrics, but it's not really my cup of tea.
Cockiness (love it) is clearly inspired by Katy Perry's Peacock. How Rihanna says "suck my cockiness. Lick my persuasion." The song sounds so disjointed, the flow is non existent and the theme has been overdone.
In Birthday Cake, Lil' Wayne drinks some polyjuice potion and sings a song about oral sex under the metaphor of cakes. It feels like a mixture between Christina Aguilera's Woohoo and Lil' Wayne's lollipop. It leaves little to the imagination. It's very catchy, but it also burns the mind. I love this song, it's so rubbish.
We All Want Love is the most normal song on the album. I think this would be a good single choice because of it's traditional style and intention to inspire. I find it hard to believe I would find such a track on a bad album. The guitar and electronic percussion makes the song sound effective. I think the song would have been epic if they didn't auto-tune the chorus so much.
Drunk On Love is like Te Amo and Only Girl In The World's love child. Love and lust get purposely mixed up on the album and the album intends to be a romantic club anthem. The chorus is a powerhouse for Rihanna's vocals and I'm so glad they didn't put autotune on Rihanna's vocals otherwise that would have made the song sound lame.
Roc Me Out can be considered catchy. It's one of the better songs of the album, although it's really similar to Rude Roy and it includes references to her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad. The rhythm has almost the exact same jiggly beat. It's Rude Boy II!
The synthesizers are really distracting in Watch n' Learn and there's no balance and harmony between the beats and vocals. I can't warm up to the rhythm because it's so hard to follow. Bad filler.
Farewell is the second best track of the album. It's a catchy and sweet ballad. Although it's very cliche, it's the typical and cheap way to end the album. At this point of the album, you can only go up. And it sure did with Farewell.
I should be livid. I should be telling you all that this album is shit, and you should avoid it like the plague. I actually like a couple of these songs for all the wrong reasons. I'm frustrated that I could have enjoyed this album, if it wasn't so rushed and overproduced.
Rihanna doesn't sound like Rihanna it sounds like other singers drinking polyjuice potion to look like her and imitate their fantasy songs. I hope Rihanna's next album will have a much better consistency. Personally, I'd wait until the album hits the bargain bin, or you could listen to it on YouTube or Spotify.
Rihanna has released her 6th studio album and it is called 'Talk That Talk'. Released back in November 2011 this was an album that I received for Christmas along with a nice little stack of others and I must see I was eagerly awaiting it as I love quite a few of Rihanna's songs and have become quite a fan of her music in the past few years. This album is a plethora of different track styles which is not unusual for Rihanna as she plays on a number of different musical influences when creating her next album. Rihanna looks a little intimidating in this album cover and it is interesting to see another variety of pose from Rihanna on one of her albums. The running time of this album comes in at just over 36 minutes which makes it another short and sweet album which unfortunately has become the norm in the past few years as artists strive to release albums yearly, or even more frequently than that, to maximise the sales and appeal to their fan base.
1. You Da One
2. Where Have You Been
3. We Found Love
4. Talk That Talk
5. Cockiness (Love It)
6. Birthday Cake
7. We All Want Love
8. Drunk On Love
9. Roc Me Out
10. Watch n' Learn
You Da One
This is your typical, slightly reggae inspired, song from Rihanna. It has a fairly catchy chorus and the lyrics allow for a slightly raunchy attention grabbing video. Rihanna is singing about being in love 'you da one that I dream of' etc etc. The song feels a little bit samey and repetitive. Rihanna does not showcase her vocals to the best of her ability and this feels like it could have appeared on any of her albums really as it just makes me think of something that I have already heard before. The song does have a catchy chart hit kind of appeal to it and this song is sure to continue to be a chart hit as it has already. This is quite a pop style track with some reggae hints to it.
Where Have You Been
You Da One ends and this song begins literally instantly. This feels like a slightly difference pace of song. There is a funky beat building up and Rihanna is back on form more with this song. The chorus is quite catchy and the song feels like it is building up throughout, there is a good beat throughout that leads me to think that this could be a real club favourite in the Summer! There is some fantastic funkiness in this song, particularly just after the chorus, and there is a clapping style beat that really draws me in and I liked this song from the first time I listened to it.
We Found Love
This song is the real smash hit of this album - by far! It is so simple to hear why this has been a worldwide smash hit from the first few opening bars. The beat kicks in and Rihanna is singing high, enthusiastically and the song, and lyrics, are incredibly catchy. This is one of the best songs I have heard from Rihanna in a couple of years now and even after months of hearing it in clubs, pubs, bars and on music channels & the radio I have not tired of it at all and still enjoy listening to it as much today as I did at the beginning!
Talk That Talk
The song starts up quite quickly and Rihanna sounds a little edgy in this song. Jay Z is a fantastic addition and with some slightly filthy lyrics this song is sure to be a hit! This goes in a different direction from the other songs on the album but it is catchy, funky, fun, fresh and yet feels like it could have been something Rihanna recorded on a few years ago as it returns back to some of the best kind of sounds she ever produced really.
Cockiness (I love It)
This song is distinctly average and it almost pains me to say it! The lyrics are a little weird in some places and frankly bizarre in others. The song feels like it stops and starts in places and there skips in to a different genre altogether. I feel like the song has been thrown together and it really shows for me. This is my least favourite song on the album. The lyrics are quite juvenile and some of them make absolutely no sense at all, not even as euphemisms!
This song is another one that just does not bode well with me. The song is ridiculously short at just 1 minute 18 seconds and it feels like it has not even been completed. The lyrics are basically just about the word 'birthday' one million times and this is another song on this album that I skip through when listening to it.
We All Want Love
This song sounds amazing from the start, possibly more so because of the two distinctly average songs that it follows up from! Rihanna sings some wonderful lyrics and it sounds like she is singing them from the heart. She is singing lyrics about being lonely, wanting love, being alone and generally how that makes her feel and what it is like. It is a slightly faster paced take on a love ballad and it works very well, it shows something else to Rihanna and is the kind of song that teenage girls around the world could easily sing along to and feel that they can relate to while perhaps not really understanding what love is all about at all!
Drunk On Love
This song continues on the feel of We All Want Love and it features a sample from The XX's 'Intro' which is absolutely fantastic! This works so well with this song in my opinion and brings a real smooth almost romantic edge to the wonderful instrumental piece. This song works so well and is one of my favourites on the whole album.
Roc Me Out
This is a fairly funky song from the start and Rihanna's voice matches this song very well and it sounds like it truly was made just with her in mind. There is an edge vibe to this song it is along the lines of the song 'Rude Boy' that she had a year or two ago. The lyrics are great, funky, fresh and enjoyable to sing along to. This is a fantastic song really and another one of my favourites on this album.
Watch n' Learn
This is your average 'dirty' sounding kind of song but it feels a little like it is trying too hard to be what it already is and it just ends up being something of a disappointment. The lyrics go over the top really and this just brings a cringeworthy edge to this song and makes me want to turn it off to be totally honest. This is just another average song that is trying just that little bit too hard to be edgy and raunchy.
This is the end of the album and fortunately the last song takes a sharp turn from the likes of 'Watch n'Learn' 'Birthday Cake' and 'Cockiness (I Love It)' and moves on to a quite pretty finish. This is a wonderful ballad style song, with a little edginess to it still, and Rihanna sounds wonderful on this track. This song completes the album wonderfully and helps to make up for some of the poor songs that I have heard while listening to this album.
Well frankly I am disappointed with this album. It was nowhere near as good as the hype lead me to believe and it is the first album in a long time that I actually regret having in my collection. I feel like if I could have returned this after the first listen I definitely would have done. There are some real poor songs on this album and while there are some that are quite pleasant to listen to I personally felt like the album was trying a little too hard to be edgy, raunchy and racy and it just failed on all three counts.
This album felt rushed to me and there are several songs that I actively get out of my chair to skip and for someone who is known for producing high quality pop/rock/rnb/reggae/dancehall tunes like Rihanna I feel disappointed and like my husband has wasted his money in buying this for me.
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.
Talk that Talk is Rihanna's 6th studio album and was released in late 2011. There are a total of 11 tracks on this album, here is the track list:
1. You The One
2. Where Have You Been
3. We Found Love ft Calvin Harris
4. Talk That Talk ft Jay Z
6. Birthday Cake
7. We All Want Love
8. Drunk On Love
9. Roc Me Out
10. Watch And Learn
When I first listened to this album I must admit, I wasn't really that impressed, it is nowhere near as good as her previous album 'Loud' in my opinion, however over time and a few listens later, it has grown on me a bit, though I have found that some songs are clearly better than others
Here are a few of my favourite tracks off the album:
We Found Love
This was the first song that was released off the album, as the track features Calvin Harris it has a real disco feel to it, this is definitely one of them songs that you would hear on a night out dancing, it has a real energetic beat to it. This song is about being in a relationship that isn't really that good for you. This is my favourite song on the album and one of the few songs that are worth checking out on the album.
Talk That Talk
This song has lots of attitude on it and features rapper Jay-Z, it has a really funky, cool vibe to it and is about having lots of money and great sex with someone, it is quite a generic song and not uncommon to any of Rihanna's songs, but I still really enjoy it and think it is a real feel good, upbeat song.
Watch and Learn
This song is really sexy and fun, it has got a really fast paced beat to it and also a very confident feel to it. This song is basically about enjoying making love with someone and telling them how you like it, this is another song that is quite like other Rihanna songs in the sense that it is oozing with sex appeal and has her fun style as well and I think that anyone who is already a Rihanna fan will like this song.
We All Want Love
This is a slower, quite emotional song about how everybody wants someone in their life to love and to be loved by. I like this song because unlike the faster more upbeat songs, this song gives Rihanna a chance to show off her amazing voice, this song makes for easy, relaxed listening and is quite catchy as well.
This is another slower and more emotional song where Rihanna again gets to show off her voice, this song is about saying goodbye to someone you love and telling them you will miss them and how hard it is to let go of them. It is another really nice and catchy song that is easily digested.
The Rest Of the Album
I wouldn't say that I hate any of the tracks on this album, but comparing it to Rihanna's previous album Loud, it just doesn't measure up to her abilities, the songs on Loud were much better than the songs on this album. Although I think my favourite songs listed are great, the others are just good in my opinion, which isn't what I expected from this album.
I find the more I listen to this album the more it grows on me, but I loved Loud from the very first listen. It is still a good album, just not as great as I wanted it to be, and nothing compared to Loud in my opinion.
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 month, which isn't too bad of a price for an album, though I don't really listen to it much so I don't think I get my monies worth out of it, also I should mention that after doing a little bit of online research I can see it online for £5 now so that is a better price to pay for it.
I kind of have mixed feelings about this album as a whole, this isn't a bad album and there are a few great songs on it and the rest are good, however it isn't as good as I was expecting as a Rihanna fan, especially compared to her previous albums. I do like the album, but just not as much as her others, and I am glad I bought it, even if I don't listen to it as much as her other work, I do listen to it quite a bit. Fingers crossed the next album will be better though because I was expecting more from this album.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
Talk That Talk by Rihanna.
This album is Rihanna's 6th studio album to be released! Not bad to say that she is only 23 years old. It was released back in November 2011 and has received in general positive reviews, reaching number 3 in the UK album charts. Rihanna released a very strong first single from the album which was one of the best songs of the year so fans were eager to see what the rest of the album sounded like. The album has a mixture of sounds to it, from dance, electro, R&B and reggae. All of the songs on the album are quite individual and different to anything we have heard before from Rihanna. The album is quite short with only 11 tracks and a total play length of 38 minutes. The album cover shows a rather scary but always beautiful Rihanna licking her lip with her hand on her head. It is quite a different pose to the one on her last album cover 'Loud' which showed a very pretty and feminine head shot of Rihanna.
The tracks are as follows.
1. You Da One: 3 out of 5 stars.
The album kicks off with this fun, pop track which is soon to be released as Rihanna's second single off the album. For me, this song is a little slow and boring to listen to. It has a reggae vibe to it which I love but it is a bit repetitive and whiny in parts. I don't really like the vocal on this song and in my opinion it is not one of the strongest songs on the album so I'm not sure why it has been made into a single. The video for the single shows Rihanna looking as beautiful as ever in a blonde wig and a black and white format. I can't being myself to watch the video in full as I just get bored with the song, maybe if it was summer I would like it more!
2. Where Have You Been: 3 out of 5 stars.
There is no intro to this song, Rihanna starts of singing straight away on this upbeat dance track. It has a very similar sound to 'We Found Love' but it's not as good. For some reason a lot of Rihanna songs are really repetitive at the minute, they follow the same beat throughout and sound a bit robotic. In some of the songs it works but in this one for me it doesn't. The verses are the best part of this song as they are not repeating the same lines as the chorus is. The highlight of this song for me is the amazing beat break after the chorus which sounds fantastic, unfortunately that part doesn't involve Rihanna though.
3. We Found Love: 5 out of 5 stars.
We Found Love is the well-known first single from this album which got to number in the UK and many other countries worldwide. This song, in my opinion, is one of Rihanna's finest ever! I love everything about it from the catchy lyrics, the crazy beat breaks and the insanely artsy video. The video for this song came under quite a lot of criticism as Rihanna acts out being a drug addict but in fact I think that it is a very creative and interesting video to watch. I would definitely pick out this song as one of my favourite Rihanna songs and for that reason it makes this album worthwhile.
4. Talk that Talk: 5 out of 5 stars.
This album title song features Jay-Z and as always any collaboration between him and Rihanna is bound to be a success. This song moves away from the pop/dance genre and is just pure R&B. Personally I think that this kind of music is Rihanna's forte and it is a fantastic track to have on the album. It reminds me of how Rihanna sounded on her Rated R album, gritty R&B. The bridge of the song has an incredible beat behind it and completes the song.
5. Cockiness (Love It): 1 out of 5 stars.
This song plays on words to make them sound dirty and then is just in general quite rude. I expected this song to kind of be like 'S&M Part 2' but it is just nowhere near as good. The song is dirty but not in a fun and comfortable way, in a kind of awkward way. Overall I think that it is a terrible song, the beat or the tune doesn't even make up for the odd topics. "I'm gonna be the Queen of your body parts" for me, is just a weird lyric. This song could have been so much better!
6. Birthday Cake: 1 out of 5 stars.
Just like the last, this song is weird. It is about something trying to eat Rihanna's birthday cake (euphemism much?) but the word 'cake' is used literally a thousand times and it is just odd! The music just sounds a mess and I just do not know why this was ever a good idea for song. It is a shame because I love the song title and I think that with such a creative idea a better track could definitely have been developed.
7. We All Want Love: 4 out of 5 stars.
To go from the previous track to this one is quite an impressive contrast. This song shows the softer and more emotional side to Rihanna. The song is slower and meaningful with lovely lyrics, unlike anything previously heard on this record. The song is about finding love and how everybody wants to be in love and not be lonely. It is not quite a ballad as the backing track isn't instrumental enough but overall it is an enjoyable listen.
8. Drunk On Love: 4 out of 5 stars.
Rihanna's emotions continue to pour out with this song. It is definitely a strong track and is more instrumental to start. The song is about being drunk on love and not needing anything else. There are typical Rihanna style high-notes on the chorus which are in a lovely key so that it doesn't sound screechy. A dance beat does come in towards the end of the song on the bridge which surprisingly fits in well with the song and makes it edgy. A definite improve from the whole birthday cake disaster.
9. Roc Me Out: 4 out of 5 stars.
Roc Me Out is a great dance/R&B track which shows off all of Rihanna's incredible talent. The lyrics are edgy and they fit perfectly to create a catchy song which will have you singing along. Despite this being one of the better songs on the album I still feel like it is nowhere near as good as previous songs of its kind, such as 'Rude Boy' or 'What's My Name?'. Once again the bridge stands out on this song as the best part, the vocal is incredible and the beat fantastic.
10. Watch N' Learn: 3 out of 5 stars.
This is another one of Rihanna's dirtier songs, the lyrics aren't as obvious as 'Cockiness' and the tune is a lot catchier and easier to listen to but it just doesn't grab me as a song that I am interested in listening to. I think that sometimes Rihanna takes her dirty lyrics a little too far and some of them in this song are just gross. I loved S&M as even though it was dirty, it was different and rather groundbreaking, but this just makes me want to hit skip.
11. Farewell: 5 out of 5 stars.
Luckily the album ends on a high note with this beautiful ballad. The song was written by Ester Dean who is phenomenal so before even listening to it I had high expectations that it would be good. The song is very emotional as it tells the story of saying goodbye to somebody. Rihanna's vocal is incredible and it is a very moving performance. This is definitely one of the best ballads that Rihanna has ever done, it is catchy and has a slight rock feel to it. I am glad that Rihanna saved one of the bets songs for last!
Overall this album leaves me a little confused. It goes from crazy dance tunes, to beautiful ballads to awkward songs about sex. I am a huge Rihanna fan and I have every album that she has ever done and I can honestly say that I am quote disappointed with this album. When I think back to such albums as 'Rated R' and her previous album 'Loud', this album just pales in comparison. I have always found Rihanna's albums to be highly consistent and believable but this one to me just seems rushed. Admittedly, there are some very good songs on this album but I do feel like they could be counted on one hand. The weak links on this album really do outweigh the good in my opinion. I don't think that it is necessary for Rihanna to be so openly crude on her music, it is like she is trying too hard to be provocative! I think that it is a shame because Rihanna doesn't have to use so much sex to sell her records, she is already an icon and one of the most desirable women in the world, why does she feel that she has to be so 'out-there' with everything? I don't think that Rihanna is a suitable role model for young girls, especially with her lyrics and it is a shame because she used to be and still could be. Baring this in mind, I have to say that the songs which are good on this album are really good and definitely worth a listen! I think that 'We Found Love' is definitely the best track followed closely by 'Farewell'. I think that Rihanna has definitely experimented with her sound a lot on this album and for that reason I salute her.
I do like this album and would recommend it to any Rihanna fans but in my opinion it definitely isn't her best work. I think that if more time had been taken over this album it wouldn't feel as incomplete. I am hoping that Rihanna's next album is just as good as previous ones, let go of the dance tracks and bring back R&B Rihanna!
The album is available on iTunes & from most good stores for approximately £7.99.
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Review also on Ciao under luceey.
Rihanna is back with her sixth album. The album was released in the United Kingdom on 21st November 2011 and so is very recent. The album is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £11.97 which I do think is expensive, especially when you can get brand new albums for around £7-8, however I guess they know that Rihanna is under huge popular demand.
~ * Track Listing * ~
1) You Da One 2) Where Have You Been 3) We Found Love 4) Talk The Talk 5) Cockiness 6) Birthday Cake 7) We All Want Love 8) Drunk on Love 9) Roc Me Out 10) Watch 'N' Learn 11) Farewell 12) Red Lipstick 13) Do Ya Thang 14) Fool In Love
~ * So What Are The Songs Like? * ~
We Found Love - My favourite song on the album. This was the debut single from the album and after hearing this song I had high hopes for this album.
Roc Me Out - this sounds like the second part of 'Rude Boy'. I have to say that I much prefer this song compared to Rude Boy.
You Da One - I don't really like this song - it's quite repetitive and just plain annoying.
Where Have You Been - When it starts off, you think it is going to be a real hit, but it just doesn't reach its potential.
~ * What About Rihanna's Voice * ~
I like Rihanna's voice from what I have heard from her previous albums. However, judging by the songs on this album, I would say that they are much more focused on the 'beat' rather than Rihanna's voice.
There have been so many 'special effects' that they may well have used a 'robot' to sing on this album; where has Rihanna's lovely vocals gone? They have gone and replaced them with a computerized-Rihanna! Whilst I think that some effects can 'add' to songs, I don't think they should have completely altered her vocals.
~ * What About The Album As A Whole * ~
In terms of genres, this album is very different when compared to Rihanna's other albums. This one is a lot more 'dancey' and 'clubby' than the others. Rihanna seems to have dropped the 'hard' image too, but has really 'sexed' this album up; a little too much. While it makes a refreshing change to hear Rihanna take a musical change in direction, it's not as 'strong' of a move as her previous 'moves'.
To put it simply, I think that this album is far too try hard - it's trying to hard to impress but failing... very badly too. And, all the songs sound the same. There isn't anything original about this album.
I don't know, maybe fans who did not like Rihanna will like her now, but if I am honest, I much prefer the 'old' Rihanna.
One thing I found with this album is that a lot of the songs have the potential of been fantastic songs but they end up not going anywhere which is quite annoying.
I wouldn't say that the album has as many 'stand out' songs like her 'Good Girl Gone Bad' or 'Rated R' album. There are no 'wow' songs such as 'Umbrella' or 'Russian Roulette'.
If I am honest, this album does seem a bit rushed and a bit 'anyhow'. Rihanna's albums have always stood out and each one has always sounded different; new and refreshing, however this album just seems a lot like her other albums; but with a bit more of a dance-y beat.
~ * Final Verdict * ~
I am really disappointed with this album; I thought that she would have gone on to be better than her last album (although I didn't think that she could get any better after 'Rated R'), but this album is just bad!
With her other albums, I could easily listen to them all the way through. However, I am forever skipping tracks with this album.
~ * Recommended? * ~
Obviously if you love Rihanna you will probably want to get your hands on a copy of this album. I love Rihanna, but I would not recommend this! I am really disappointed!
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Rihanna's new album, 'Talk that Talk' will be her sixth album to date (she's popping them out like puppies)! She has released an album every year since 2005 apart from 2008 after the 'Chris Brown' incident.
I like the development of the 'R' Logo and her lips, but nothing else about the cover. Definitely prefer the deluxe album cover (black and white)- much edgier.
The album starts off with a cute track called 'You Da One' which is catchy but doesn't quite make much of an impact, leading into the second track which is made for a club, a track with perhaps the most heavily produced club sound yet.
Collaborating with some big names on 'Talk that Talk', 'We Found Love' is a sickly addictive song which is just too catchy, even if you don't want to have it in your head, it is pure infectious. The visuals in the music video, however controversial, compliments the music and when you listen to the song, just think of those flashes of colour and craziness. 'Talk That Talk' with Jay-Z has a nice sound but the rap is slightly broken, though a nice lead into the song. The style/structure reminds me of 'Umbrella' in which he leads her into the track.
Lyrically, there are some gems like 'Farewell', but also some 'S&M'-esque mumble jumble found in 'Cockiness (Love It)': "Suck my cockiness, Lick my persuasion, Eat my words and then Swallow all your pride down, down..." and musically, it isn't great either.
One of the most outrageous track titles I've ever seen, 'Birthday Cake', is also the most outrageous track on the album- it sounds horrendous and is not helped by the lyrics. SKIP!!
The latter half of the album is definitely better than the first half, with standout tracks 'Farewell' and 'Drunk on Love' (reminds me of 'Only Girl' - 'take me away' bit...), interspersed with catchy track 'Roc Me Out'. The album ends perfectly with the stunning ballad 'Farewell'.
The track list is as follows:
1. You Da One 3.5/5
2. Where Have You Been 3/5
3. We Found Love Feat. Calvin Harris 4/5
4. Talk That Talk Feat. Jay-Z 3.5/5
5. Cockiness (Love It) 3/5
6. Birthday Cake 2/5
7. We All Want Love 3.5/5
8. Drunk On Love 5/5
9. Roc Me Out 4/5
10. Watch n' Learn 3.5/5
11. Farewell 5/5
SONGS TO LOVE: Farewell, Drunk on Love
SONGS TO SKIP: Cockiness (Love It), Birthday Cake
'Talk That Talk' offers very little pleasure to listen to and definitely does not improve upon previous albums 'Good Girl Gone Bad', 'Rated R' or even 'Loud'. Whilst a few tracks do offer development and stands out ('Farewell', 'Drunk on Love'), most of the tracks just seem like no thought has been put into them- they're either just full of meaningless raunchy lyrics or just musically unappealing.
Perhaps Rihanna's next step is to take it slow and actually spend longer on her albums- just because people race to buy her CD doesn't mean it's actually much good as a whole. Get the individual tracks instead, I say!