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Rihanna Finals Secures No 1 in the US
Unapologetic - Rihanna
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Unapologetic - Rihanna
Advantages: A Consistent Album
Disadvantages: Not many great tracks
This album was released in the last few days and has already hit No1 in the US charts which is her first album to top the charts and has sold 238,000 copies in its first week in America. As usual there is a few artists guest starring. Notably one of the stars is her ex Chris Brown and their track pretty much signifies that they are back together. There is also a large number of producers and writers with the most famous ones being David Guetta, Stargate, The Dream and Labrinth. This is also her fifth consecutive no1 album her in the UK so she is easily one of the biggest artists in the world over the last few years. I will review some tracks from the album.
The first track I heard from her and this is classic Rihanna. A melodic beat matched with her flawless vocals. It is closer to a ballad but springs in to life as the song goes on. The main beat is piano with a drumbeat, it is very simple but it works. The chorus again is simple but it is probably the best vocally in the whole album and it is a great feel good track about how great individuals are comparing them with Diamonds in the sky. Also a quick mention to the remix in the deluxe edition of which there are two for this track and I feel the one by Dave Aude is very well made. It adds a techno element and an awesome chime sound at points in this track. I wouldn't say it's better than the original non touched version but it is as equally good in a different way.
This is the track with Chris Brown I mentioned before and the beat is excellent. It apparently samples a Michael Jackson track although I am not sure which one. Lyrically it also works but I guess not a lot of people will be fans of the track as she is basically telling the world that she doesn't care what they think and it's none of their business if she wants to have a relationship with Chris Brown. He pretty much sings the same thing for his vocals. It is a very well made and produced track though which cannot be denied.
Lost In Paradise
One of the more uptemp tracks on the album and has a strange beat with a fast drum beat but strange in a good way. Rihanna sings about how she doesn't know what to do with her heart and although she may be wrong it feels great to be lost in paradise. No doubt it is most likely another Chris Brown reference. There is a pre chorus which she excels vocally at and then goes all out for the chorus. This is a great example of a track that suits her voice perfectly and that no one else would be able to sing as well in.
Overall I wasn't overly impressed with this album as whilst there are no bad tracks, which let's face it isn't hard with the producers on board, there are not many great tracks. It is all just a bit similar to her previous albums which I feel are superior. Asides from Diamonds I struggle to see which other tracks would get released as a single. Maybe the Chris Brown one but this would be controversial, but then hey there is the saying controversy sells and it definitely would hold true in this case. Three stars.
Summary: Rihanna needs to up her game for the next album before people start getting bored.