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Talk That Talk - Rihanna
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Talk That Talk - Rihanna
Advantages: Typical Rihanna
Disadvantages: She's done better
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.
Summary: Rihanna's sixth album