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Talk That Talk? Bring back Loud!
Talk That Talk - Rihanna
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Talk That Talk - Rihanna
Advantages: Different, some amazing tracks.
Disadvantages: A lot of weak links.
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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