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RIHANNA - LOUD (ALBUM)
Label:DEF/UMA
Entry:28/11/2010 (Position 3)
Last week in charts:11/12/2011 (Position 40)
Peak:2 (3 weeks)
Weeks:52
Place on best of all time:175 (1721 points)
Year:2010
World wide:
ch  Peak: 1 / weeks: 56
de  Peak: 2 / weeks: 56
at  Peak: 3 / weeks: 40
fr  Peak: 3 / weeks: 133
nl  Peak: 6 / weeks: 48
be  Peak: 3 / weeks: 48 (Vl)
  Peak: 2 / weeks: 48 (Wa)
se  Peak: 15 / weeks: 76
fi  Peak: 7 / weeks: 45
no  Peak: 1 / weeks: 49
dk  Peak: 2 / weeks: 41
it  Peak: 11 / weeks: 55
es  Peak: 6 / weeks: 50
pt  Peak: 10 / weeks: 31
gr  Peak: 10 / weeks: 3
au  Peak: 2 / weeks: 52
nz  Peak: 4 / weeks: 53
mx  Peak: 17 / weeks: 25

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Def Jam / SRP 2752365 / B0014927-02 (ca,eu,us,uk,au,nz,pg,id,fm)
CD
Universal 460502670723 (ru)
CD
Def Jam B0016121-02 (eu,us)



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Def Jam 978788849892 (cn)



CD Couture Experience Deluxe Edition
Def Jam / SRP 2756229 / B0015077-80 (us,uk,de)



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Def Jam / SRP 2756229 / B0015077-80 (us,uk,de)



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Def Jam / SRP 2752366 (eu,ph,uk)



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Def Jam / SRP 2752366 (eu,ph,uk)


TRACKS
12/11/2010
CD Def Jam / SRP 2752365 / B0014927-02 (UMG) [ca,eu,us,uk,au,nz,pg,id,fm] / EAN 0602527523651
16/11/2010
Explicit Version - Digital Def Jam / SRP - (UMG) [us]
2010
CD Def Jam / SRP 0602527560779 (UMG) [cz,pl] / EAN 0602527560779
2010
CD Universal 460502670723 (UMG) [ru] / EAN 4605026707238
02/09/2011
CD Def Jam B0016121-02 (UMG) [eu,us] / EAN 0602527829142
1. S&M
4:03
2. Rihanna feat. Drake - What's My Name?
4:23
3. Cheers (Drink To That)
4:21
4. Fading
3:19
5. Only Girl (In The World)
3:55
6. California King Bed
4:11
7. Man Down
4:27
8. Rihanna feat. Nicki Minaj - Raining Men
3:44
9. Complicated
4:17
10. Skin
5:03
11. Rihanna feat. Eminem - Love The Way You Lie (Part Two)
4:56
   
17/11/2010
Couture Experience Deluxe Edition - CD Def Jam / SRP 2756229 / B0015077-80 (UMG) [us,uk,de] / EAN 0602527562292
15/11/2010
Deluxe Edition - CD Def Jam / SRP 2752366 (UMG) [eu,ph,uk] / EAN 0602527523668
02/05/2011
Limited Pure Edition - Slide Pack - CD Def Jam 06025 2770119 (UMG) [es] / EAN 0602527701196
2011
Japanese Deluxe Edition - CD Universal UICD-6185 (UMG) [jp]
1. S&M
4:03
2. Rihanna feat. Drake - What's My Name?
4:23
3. Cheers (Drink To That)
4:22
4. Fading
3:19
5. Only Girl (In The World)
3:55
6. California King Bed
4:11
7. Man Down
4:27
8. Rihanna feat. Nicki Minaj - Raining Men
3:45
9. Complicated
4:17
10. Skin
5:04
11. Rihanna feat. Eminem - Love The Way You Lie (Part Two)
4:56
Extras DVD:
Making Of Loud
   
19/01/2011
CD Def Jam UICD-6184 (UMG) [jp] / EAN 4988005640802
CD 1:
1. S&M
4:03
2. Rihanna feat. Drake - What's My Name?
4:23
3. Cheers (Drink To That)
4:21
4. Fading
3:19
5. Only Girl (In The World)
3:55
6. California King Bed
4:11
7. Man Down
4:27
8. Rihanna feat. Nicki Minaj - Raining Men
3:44
9. Complicated
4:17
10. Skin
5:03
11. Rihanna feat. Eminem - Love The Way You Lie (Part Two)
4:56
CD 2:
1. Only Girl (In The World) (Bimbo Jones Radio) [Bonus Tracks]
3:53
2. Only Girl (In The World) (CCW Radio Mix) [Bonus Tracks]
3:41
   
15/04/2011
CD Def Jam 978788849892 (UMG) [cn] / EAN 9787888498921
1. Rihanna feat. Drake - What's My Name?
4:23
2. Cheers (Drink To That)
4:21
3. Fading
3:19
4. Only Girl (In The World)
3:55
5. California King Bed
4:11
6. Man Down
4:27
7. Rihanna feat. Nicki Minaj - Raining Men
3:44
8. Complicated
4:17
9. Skin
5:03
10. Rihanna feat. Eminem - Love The Way You Lie (Part Two)
4:56
   
02/09/2011
Deluxe Edition - New Version - CD Def Jam 2783169 (UMG) [at] / EAN 0602527831695
1. S&M
4:03
2. Rihanna feat. Drake - What's My Name?
4:23
3. Cheers (Drink To That)
4:22
4. Fading
3:19
5. Only Girl (In The World)
3:56
6. California King Bed
4:11
7. Man Down
4:27
8. Rihanna feat. Nicki Minaj - Raining Men
3:45
9. Complicated
4:17
10. Skin
5:04
11. Rihanna feat. Eminem - Love The Way You Lie (Part Two)
4:56
Extras DVD:
1. Raining Men (Recording Session)
2. Man Down (Recording Session)
3. Madison Square Garden (Live in NYC)
4. Rebe'l Fleur (Photo Shoot)
5. Loud "Album Art" (Photo Shoot)
6. Day one
7. Day two
   
06/04/2017
Back to Black - LP Def Jam 00602557079807 (UMG) / EAN 0602557079807
LP 1:
1. S&M
4:03
2. Rihanna feat. Drake - What's My Name?
4:23
3. Cheers (Drink To That)
4:21
4. Fading
3:19
5. Only Girl (In The World)
3:55
6. California King Bed
4:11
LP 2:
1. Man Down
4:27
2. Rihanna feat. Nicki Minaj - Raining Men
3:44
3. Complicated
4:17
   

MUSIC DIRECTORY
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RIHANNA IN AUSTRALIAN CHARTS
Singles

TitleEntryPeakweeks
Pon de replay25/09/2005622
If It's Lovin' That You Want05/02/2006914
SOS30/04/2006117
Unfaithful30/07/2006217
We Ride19/11/20062410
Umbrella (Rihanna feat. Jay-Z)10/06/2007132
Shut Up And Drive16/09/2007419
Hate That I Love You (Rihanna feat. Ne-Yo)25/11/20071421
Don't Stop The Music03/02/2008127
Take A Bow18/05/2008322
If I Never See Your Face Again (Maroon 5 feat. Rihanna)01/06/20081117
Disturbia03/08/2008627
Just Stand Up (Stand Up To Cancer)21/09/2008391
Live Your Life (T.I. feat. Rihanna)26/10/2008323
Rehab23/11/2008266
Run This Town (Jay-Z / Rihanna / Kanye West)06/09/2009920
Russian Roulette22/11/2009712
Rude Boy07/02/2010119
Te amo23/05/2010229
Love The Way You Lie (Eminem feat. Rihanna)04/07/2010138
Rockstar 101 (Rihanna feat. Slash)22/08/2010246
Only Girl (In The World)03/10/2010130
What's My Name? (Rihanna feat. Drake)14/11/20101818
Who's That Chick? (David Guetta feat. Rihanna)05/12/2010721
All Of The Lights (Kanye West feat. Various Artists)23/01/20112417
S&M30/01/2011124
California King Bed24/04/2011416
Cheers (Drink To That)14/08/2011619
Fly (Nicki Minaj feat. Rihanna)18/09/2011189
We Found Love (Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris)09/10/2011226
Where Have You Been04/12/2011617
Take Care (Drake feat. Rihanna)04/12/2011924
You Da One04/12/20112610
Talk That Talk (Rihanna feat. Jay-Z)12/02/2012288
Princess Of China (Coldplay & Rihanna)03/06/20121613
Diamonds14/10/2012632
Stay (Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko)20/01/2013428
Right Now (Rihanna feat. David Guetta)03/03/2013391
What Now18/08/20132111
The Monster (Eminem feat. Rihanna)10/11/2013121
Can't Remember To Forget You (Shakira feat. Rihanna)02/02/20141810
Jump09/02/2014512
FourFiveSeconds (Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney)08/02/2015118
Bitch Better Have My Money12/04/2015145
Work (Rihanna feat. Drake)14/02/2016517
Kiss It Better01/05/2016481
This Is What You Came For (Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna)15/05/2016130
Too Good (Drake feat. Rihanna)29/05/2016325
Needed Me29/05/20164413
Famous (Kanye West feat. Rihanna & Swizz Beatz)17/07/2016430
Selfish (Future feat. Rihanna)12/03/2017377
Loyalty. (Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna)30/04/2017204
Wild Thoughts (DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller)02/07/2017220
Lemon (N.E.R.D. & Rihanna)19/11/2017481
 
Albums

TitleEntryPeakweeks
A Girl Like Me14/05/2006921
Good Girl Gone Bad24/06/2007277
Rated R06/12/20091230
Loud28/11/2010252
Talk That Talk04/12/2011526
Unapologetic02/12/2012827
Anti14/02/2016513
SONGS BY RIHANNA
A Child Is Born
A Girl Like Me
A Million Miles Away
All Of The Lights (Kanye West feat. Various Artists)
American Oxygen
Anti
As Real As You And Me
Bad (Remix) (Wale feat. Rihanna)
Bad Girl (Rihanna feat. Chris Brown)
Birthday Cake (Rihanna feat. Chris Brown)
Birthday Cake
Bitch Better Have My Money
Bitch, I'm Special
Break It Off (Rihanna & Sean Paul)
Breakin' Dishes
Bring It Back
Bubble Pop
California King Bed
Can't Remember To Forget You (Shakira feat. Rihanna)
Cheers (Drink To That)
Cinderella Under My Umbrella (Rihanna feat. Jay-Z & Chris Brown)
Close To You
Cockiness (Love It) (Rihanna feat. A$AP Rocky)
Cockiness (Love It)
Cold Case Love
Complicated
Consideration (Rihanna feat. SZA)
Coulda Been The One
Counterfeit (Chris Brown feat. Rihanna & Wiz Khalifa)
Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Rihanna feat. J-Status)
Cry
Dancing In The Dark
Dem Haters (Rihanna feat. Dwane Husbands)
Desperado
Diamonds
Diamonds (Remix) (Rihanna feat. Kanye West)
Disturbia
Do Ya Thang
Don't Stop The Music
Drunk On Love
Fading
Famous (Kanye West feat. Rihanna & Swizz Beatz)
Farewell
Final Goodbye
Fire Bomb
First Time (Fabolous feat. Rihanna)
Fly (Nicki Minaj feat. Rihanna)
Fool In Love
FourFiveSeconds (Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney)
G4L
Get It Over With
Give It
Good Girl Gone Bad
Goodnight Gotham
Half Of Me
Happy
Hard (Rihanna feat. Jeezy)
Hate That I Love You (Rihanna feat. David Bisbal)
Hate That I Love You (Rihanna feat. Ne-Yo)
Hatin' On The Club
Haunted
Here I Go Again (Rihanna feat. J-Status)
Higher
Hole In My Head (Rihanna feat. Justin Timberlake)
How I Like It
Hypnotized
If I Never See Your Face Again (Maroon 5 feat. Rihanna)
If It's Lovin' That You Want
If It's Lovin' That You Want - Part 2 (Rihanna feat. Corey Gunz)
I'm Back
It Just Don't Feel Like Christmas (Without You)
James Joint
Jump
Just Be Happy
Just Stand Up (Stand Up To Cancer)
Kiss It Better
Kisses Don't Lie
La, That La, La
Lemme Get That
Lemon (N.E.R.D. & Rihanna)
Let Me
Live Your Life (T.I. feat. Rihanna)
Livin' A Lie (The-Dream feat. Rihanna)
Lost In Paradise
Love On The Brain
Love The Way You Lie (Eminem feat. Rihanna)
Love The Way You Lie (Part Two) (Rihanna feat. Eminem)
Love Without Tragedy / Mother Mary
Loveeeeeee Song (Rihanna feat. Future)
Loyalty. (Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna)
Mad House
Man Down
Music Of The Sun
Needed Me
Never Ending
No Love Allowed
Nobody's Business (Rihanna feat. Chris Brown)
Nothing Is Promised (Mike Will Made-It x Rihanna)
Now I Know
Numb (Rihanna feat. Eminem)
Numba 1 (Tide Is High) (Kardinal Offishall feat. Rihanna)
Only Girl (In The World)
Only If For A Night
P.S. (I'm Still Not Over You)
Photographs (Rihanna feat. will.i.am)
Phresh Out The Runway
Pon de replay
Pon de replay (Rihanna feat. Elephant Man)
Pose
Pour It Up
Pour It Up (Remix) (Rihanna feat. Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Juicy J & T.I.)
Princess Of China (Coldplay & Rihanna)
Push Up On Me
Put It Up (Chris Brown feat. Rihanna)
Question Existing
Raining Men (Rihanna feat. Nicki Minaj)
Red Lipstick
Redemption Song
Rehab (Rihanna feat. Justin Timberlake)
Rehab
Right Now (Rihanna feat. David Guetta)
Roc Me Out
Rockstar 101 (Rihanna feat. Slash)
Roll It (J-Status feat. Rihanna)
Rude Boy
Run This Town (Jay-Z / Rihanna / Kanye West)
Rush (Rihanna feat. Kardinal Offishall)
Russian Roulette
S&M (Rihanna feat. Britney Spears)
S&M
Same Ol' Mistakes
Say It
Selfish (Future feat. Rihanna)
Selfish Girl
Sell Me Candy
Sex With Me
Sexuality
Should I (Rihanna feat. J-Status)
Shut Up And Drive
Shy Ronnie 2: Ronnie & Clyde (The Lonely Island feat. Rihanna)
Silly Boy (Rihanna feat. Lady GaGa)
Single
Skin
Sledgehammer
SOS
Stay (Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko)
Stranded (Haiti mon amour) (Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge & Rihanna)
Stupid In Love
Suicide
Take A Bow
Take Care (Drake feat. Rihanna)
Talk That Talk (Rihanna feat. Jay-Z)
Te amo
Terminator
That La, La, La
The Hotness (Shontelle feat. Rihanna)
The Last Song
The Last Time
The Monster (Eminem feat. Rihanna)
There's A Thug In My Life (Rihanna feat. J-Status)
This Is What You Came For (Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna)
Throw Your Hands Up (Elephant Man feat. Rihanna)
Too Good (Drake feat. Rihanna)
Towards The Sun
Turn Up The Music (Chris Brown feat. Rihanna)
Umbrella (Rihanna feat. Lil' Mama)
Umbrella (Rihanna feat. Jay-Z & Chris Brown)
Umbrella (Rihanna feat. Jay-Z)
Unfaithful
Wait Your Turn
Watch N' Learn
We All Want Love
We Found Love (Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris)
We Ride
What Now
What's My Name? (Rihanna feat. Drake)
Where Have You Been
Whipping My Hair
Who Ya Gonna Run To
Who's That Chick? (David Guetta feat. Rihanna)
Wild Thoughts (DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller)
Willing To Wait
Winning Women (Nicole Scherzinger feat. Rihanna)
Woo
Work (Rihanna feat. Drake)
Yeah, I Said It
You Da One
You Don't Love Me (No, No, No) (Rihanna feat. Vybz Kartel)
ALBUMS BY RIHANNA
A Girl Like Me
Anti
Coffret 4 CD - Ses 4 premiers albums
Good Girl Gone Bad
Good Girl Gone Bad + Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded
Good Girl Gone Bad: The Remixes
Loud
Music Of The Sun
Music Of The Sun + A Girl Like Me
Rated R
Rated R /// Remixed
Rated R + Loud
Rihanna - 3CD Collector's Set
Talk That Talk
Talk That Talk + Unapologetic
Unapologetic
Uncovered
DVDS BY RIHANNA
777 - A Tour Documentary
Good Girl Bad Girl
Good Girl Gone Bad Live
Loud Tour Live At The O₂
 
REVIEWS
Average points: 4.25 (Reviews: 106)
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***
average album, standout tracks for me are Only Girl, California King Bed, Complicated, Skin & Love The Way You Lie Part II.


the rest are average or just plain crap, worst track on the album is Man Down.
Last edited: 25/11/2010 09:21
***
Was a big disappointment following the great "Rated R". Rihanna continued the dark atmosphere of the previous album on "Loud" but the songs aren't strong enough to warrant numerous listens.

Highlights are Only Girl, California King Bed, Raining Men (helped a lot by the superb Nicki Minaj) and Love The Way You Lie, Pt II (but nowhere near as good as the original).
*
Now don't get me wrong, I have only heard 4 tracks from this album and I can instantly tell that this is her worst album in her career and one of the worst of 2010! This album absolutely reeks of attention and it shows just how stupid, untalented and slutty Rihanna is. You would expect music that is world class from someone who has made herself into one of the biggest artists of all time. Yet she just brings out an album full of pure crap that is only charting well because it is full of 'catchy' beats that people with no decent music taste like even though the album struggles to even reach a 'listenable' standard.

First of all, the album is called "Loud" which obviously shows just how ordinary yet attention seeking try-hard this chick is. When Cassie Davis released her debut single "Like It Loud" she was instantly named a "try-hard" for trying to be popular with the music audience. Here Rihanna is doing the same thing with such a ridiculous album title like that.

Her lead single is called "Only Girl (In The World)" and if you judge the song by the title you would think how stupid she is to write a song about being the Only Girl that ever existed. Who would to be the only girl in the world? Is she really that selfish and self-centred? Is she really so stupid to think that it would truly happen?

And then you listen to the actual song and it is just absolutely painful to listen to. She is yelling and screeching in the chorus and it can almost make your ears bleed. The whole song is supposedly 'catchy' but is just made of the same unoriginal beats that have already been used by other artists. This song is nowhere near as "amazing" as people make out to be. It is simply your average dance song, with the same beats, sounds and noises ruined by a massive scream-fest that is worse than Katy Perry's vocals on "Firework."

Her 2nd single is called "What's My Name?" WTF! What a stupid song concept! Everyone is smart enough to know their own name. Even the mentally retarded! How stupid can this chick be? And then you add an overused rapper, who barely has any success outside of the US and you have the biggest sleep-fest track of the year. Rihanna simply proves how childish and stupid her songs are by asking herself what her name is. Throughoutt the whole song she goes "Oh na na" 20 bloody times and the whole song is littered with random “wo-ooh-woah-ah-ohs” in the most ridiculous places where it doesn’t make sense. Who bothers singing stupid lyrics like "Oh na na" or “What’s My Name” so many times? The song also features extremely poor lyrics like "Cause your just my type, oh na na na na." Nobody but Rihanna would sing or write such a retarded and stupid song.

Now her 3rd single, “S&M” is the worst song of her career and I’ll go ahead and say it has a good chance of being the worst song of the past 10 years. If anyone knows what S&M is, you’ll be horrible disgusted that someone like Rihanna would sing such a song! Rihanna is one of the most well-known artist of all time and has a massive following and reputation. Now, she releases this song so lyrically disgusting you would literally want to vomit. How DARE she? Release something as sexually disgusting as this song? (Seriously, look up the lyrics). Here is the chorus:

"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"

Can you believe that? Here is the sluttiest and the most disgusting song that you will probably ever see and it’s set to hit #1 in Australia. It’s absolutely atrocious and I am appalled that people would buy such a thing.

Not only is it lyrically bad, her vocals again are bad (she sounds stupid, not slutty) and the whole song is based over ANOTHER cheap, overused beat that WE HAVE ALL HEARD BEFORE! When will this nightmare end?!

The final song I have heard from the album is Love The Way You Lie Part 2. I didn’t like the original but I do acknowledge that it’s a good song. Now, here they are making a Part 2. A part 2 is unnecessary! If Rihanna or her record company ever releases this, it is purely because they want money. Look at the success of Part 1! They are just trying to milk more money off the public by making them buy another version.

I actually heard in an interview that Rihanna said that she was very "happy" with the album because it was full of "Rihanna-only" tracks. She even mentioned how other artists with the likes of Katy Perry, Lady GaGa and Kesha (Yes, she actually mentioned them) usually release songs that are ordinary and nothing new:

"You know, I'm glad I made this album because it's full of songs that are, like, "Rihanna only" songs. Everyday you have artists like Katy Perry, Kesha or Lady Gaga and they just release ordinary pop songs that, like, anyone could sing. I wanted to release an album where only I could sing the songs and people would say, 'oh yeah, that song is by Rihanna' not just your ordinary pop song" (Not exact words, but along the same lines).

And actually, SHE'S RIGHT! This IS a Rihanna-only album, these songs are distinctively "Rihanna" and no other artist would actually sing these songs, BECAUSE THEY'RE SO HORRIBLE! Even Kesha is smart enough to NOT sing a song where the singer ASKS HER OWN NAME. Not even Lady GaGa is self-centered and arrogant enough to sing a song about being THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD. Even Katy Perry wouldn't want to screech like that! Even artists like Britney are decent and have enough class to NOT sing about "S&M" even though "3" was pretty atrocious lyrically!


Summing up, this album is crap and it just brings Rihanna’s half-decent career to a new low with the most stupidest, screechiest and sluttiest songs of all time. The songs she has released is beyond terrible and doesn’t deserve to exist. The only good thing about it is that no other artists will ever copy this crap because, IT IS CRAP! If I ever get my hands on this CD, I will BURN IT! This is Pop music at its worst! Give me Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Kesha, Britney, Christina Aguilera or Fergie ANY DAY!

Thankfully, this won't reach #1 on the album chart and never will which just shows how meh her fans think of her. People only like her because of her singles and couldn't care less about her other album tracks which appear to be much much better. People only like Rihanna because she gives the people what they want, which just unfortunately has to be crap trashy cheap crap.
Last edited: 28/03/2011 13:31
******
this album is amazing!
standouts: "Only Girl" "Whats My Name" "S&M" "Love The Way You Lie Part 2" "California King Bed" "Fading" and "Cheers"
*
dustbin
****
It's a solid listen and a lot better than her lasy offering in "Rated R".
There are so shockers inj this crop but has some brilliance aswell.
*****
i like it
*
I gave this a listen and wasn't expecting much. Thankfully, I wasn't disappointed. With a gun to my head, I'd say Fading, LTWYLII and California King Bed are the least irritating, but they're all virtually either screechy and trashy and/or dull and snooze-inducing. Again, take a break woman!
**
Badness.
**
It has been a while since I've heard most of the songs on this album, but the singles' omnipresence in the charts makes them hard to avoid. It serves appropriately that they are among the lowest quality on the album, (this is the first three at least, the 4th one seems to be one of the better tracks on the album).

I should start by saying that I've never been a fan. This will most likely not change over time, but I should acknowledge this just to be fair to anyone who questions my review score. Being a non-fan, it means that I never have high expectations, and thus can't ever be disappointed with what I get. That being said, the hype surrounding the first single, "Only Girl (In the World)" made it seem to have potential. Unfortunately this was met without reasonable explanation, as I found the song unappealing, with its bizarre concept and horrid vocals. Naturally it was a massive hit. This was followed by yet another mediocre song in "What's My Name" that continued all the things that were wrong with the previous single. I tired of it quickly and it was not remedied by numerous people insisting that it was a brilliant. Sure, they're fine to think that, but I just don't see it. Somewhere in the middle of this, I began to hear some of the album tracks. They ranged from the listenable yet average to the horrific. A general outlying problem I had was the vocals. The idea that we have singers that cannot sing truly baffles and worries me. It's a worrying sign for the future of popular music, which I admittedly can live with now, but in the future I'll have to deal with an increasing volume of opinions that some of this music is classic. It may be an upstep from whatever horrible state it ends up to be by then, but bad music is still bad music. This paragraph has been going for too long, I should probably start a new one.

There that's better. There's nothing uglier than ill thought out paragraph sizing. There's also probably nothing more irrelevant than talking about the consistency of the length of paragraphs when I'm supposed to be talking about music. I shall resume that. S&M is baaaaaaaaaaaaad. I mean really bad. There's so many things wrong with it that I don't know where to begin. Fortunately I've already reviewed it and it's probably best to see that for my collective thoughts on it.

As for another point I've hammered, release timing! One thing that ruins a lot of artists when releasing their (usually second) album is taking insufficient time after the previous album to do so, which results in a rushed album and quality suffers. This album was released approximately 12 months after the previous one, and based on what I know from that album so far, it definitely shows in this. There are no real ideas here, just a bunch of tracks slapped together and packaged and sold. The real kicker here is the inclusion of a continuation of an already massively popular song in "Love the Way You Lie". What this does is lure fans of that in just to get that one song, a strategy that angered many iTunes reviewers when they made it impossible to buy the song on its own in the US iTunes store. Sure, I don't ask albums to be a cohesive effort, but it's when something as egregious as that occurs that I start to question things.

To conclude, I found this to be subpar as both a collection of songs and as an album on the whole. A big disappointment as I occasionally find pop albums to be better than the singles suggest.
***
It is not a bad album - a few very good hits, a few songs where Rihanna demonstrates she can really sing well , a few where she can sing in a Barbados accent, a few where she can sing loud and a few collaborations.
As my favourite Rihanna songs are Pon da Replay and Umbrella, none of the tracks on this CD are as good as those two.
*****
Love: Only Girl (In The World), Skin
Like: What's My Name, Fading, California King Bed, Raining Men, Complicated, Love The Way You Lie (Part II)
Average: S&M, Man Down
Dislike: Cheers (Drink To That)
Hate:

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Last edited: 01/01/2012 15:55
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i love the change from rated r to loud, and its her best album.
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Gefällt mir sehr gut.
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Su mejor era fue esta y la que esta viniendo Unapologetic y la del 2007-2008.
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rihanna is the definition of a POP artist. she knows how to please the mass. she def has a great team around her who take good decisions for her! another good album.
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