Album Review: Rihanna's "Unapologetic"

     

     Rihanna’s LP Unapologetic is her seventh album in seven years. Within hours of its release it shot right to the top of the iTunes charts in 43 countries and the Top 200 Albums chart on Billboard, making Unapologetic her first No.1 album. It’s one of those albums you can play repeatedly anywhere you are whether it’s the car or in your room. If I had to describe this album in one word it would be magnificent. From the dubstep beats to the vulgar language all the way to the smooth melodies, Rihanna gives us an amazing album that captures all that she is: sexy, fun, cocky and a little broken.  I’ll be giving you a track-by-track review:

 

1. Phresh Out the Runway - starts off the album. The beat immediately jumps out you and it’s not long before Ri blurts out the word “F**k” which seems to be one of her favorites. In this song Rihanna gives us a glimpse into her glamorous lifestyle and how her and her crew gets down and according to miss RiRi they walk into the room “like the own the hoe.” Flashing her diamonds, bragging about her designers, and all the money she has in the song, being who she is - she can’t help but look fresh out the runway.

 

2. Diamonds - her No.1 hit single follows and need I say more, it’s a song you can’t help but love. After all, diamonds are a girl's best friend.

 

3. Numb - introduces her first featured artist but not the last, Eminem, who references his single featuring Rihanna, I Love The Way You Lie by saying, "Do I look high? No… I love the way you lie girl." The majority of the song consists of Rihanna singing, “I’m going numb,” with drums in the background.

 

4. Pour It Up - is a party song, and it’s one of my favorites on the album. The clapping intertwined with the hip-hop beat makes you want to clap along and make it rain while singing out “strip clubs and dollar bills still got my money… throw it throw it up watch it fall off from the sky.” Yep, it’s one of those songs, and if you got it, why not spend it?

 

5. Loveeeeeee Song - features rapper Future & has a very seductive reggae beat. Rihanna sings about being in a relationship with a man she clearly is into but she’s not feeling the same from him. All she really needs is a bit of affection to feel that love i.e. the chorus in which Future sings out, “I don’t wanna give you the wrong impression I need love and affection and I hope I’m not sounding too desperate I need love and affection.” Rihanna joins in on the chorus at the end of the song making it into a sexy duet.

 

6. Jump - is another favorite of mine, sampling Ginuwine’s hit "Pony". The song has dubstep, pop, and R&B all in one. While singing the catchy lines, “If you want it lets do it, ride it, my pony, my saddle is waiting. Come and, jump on it,” a slow tempo builds into the dubstep. I love how she adds the guy at the end of the song saying, “you say it’s my fault, ok I get it,” being that the song is about a guy who keeps messing up and isn’t sure what he wants. She wants him to know that she’s here if he decides to be with her but she won’t be chasing after him.

 

7. Right Now - feat. David Guetta will for sure be an international hit that you should expect to see bumping throughout clubs for months to come. 

 

8. What Now - shows a more vulnerable side to Rihanna. It’s one I believe we all can relate to. You get to a point in life where you just don’t know what to do in life. You go from feeling all these emotions then you get to the point where you just feel nothing. You sit there and just want to scream and that’s exactly what Rihanna does, “I don’t know where to go I don’t know what to feel, I don’t know how to cry… So what now?”

 

9. Stay - feat. Mikky Ekko was the perfect song to follow behind What Now. The piano made this a beautiful duet. It has a 70s feel and shows a side of Rihanna we don’t see much, but it’s lovely knowing she can get away with a ballad like that.

 

10. Nobody’s Business - is one of those songs you can’t resist. It samples Michael Jackson’s, “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and it wouldn’t be a song without ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, also a big Michael Jackson fan. The song gives the fans another glimpse into what could be a rekindled romance between Rihanna and Chris as they both sing, “You’ll always be the one the I wanna come home to boy/girl Let me love you and show you how special you are.”

 

11. Love Without Tragedy/ Mother Mary two songs on one track, genius. Being that this song follows “Nobody’s Business” you can’t help but think she’s referencing her ex, especially after singing, “You used to be this boy I loved and I used to be this girl of your dreams. Who knew the course of this one drive injured us fatally.” The song then switches into something like a confessional, with Rihanna expressing that she wants to change and she never knew a young girl from an Island could make it so big, “Mother Mary, I swear I wanna change. Mister Jesus I’d love to be queen.” She then goes on to talk about how life is short and everyone should live in the moment because, “even forever ain’t forever.”

 

12. Get It Over With One of my favorites to listen to alone in the car or anywhere. As she sings “I see you rolling it let’s get it over with get high and float again roll up and go again,” I imagine myself gliding through the clouds. The melody's so soothing, you even find yourself wondering, “why ya keep thundering won’t you just f**king rain.” James Faunteleroy and Brain Kennedy, who co-wrote half of Rihanna’s “Rated R” album did wonders with this dark, chill track.

 

13. No Love Allowed We get back into the Caribbean mood with the reggae beat of No Love Allowed letting us know Rihanna hasn’t forgotten about her heritage, while singing about a man who ruined the image she had of love now she no longer wants it. “Like a bullet your love hit me to the core… I’m screaming murdered… No love allowed.”

 

14. Lost In Paradise who wouldn’t want to be lost in paradise? I wouldn’t mind it. She sings of falling deep in love but going through heartbreak. “It may be wrong but it feels right to be lost in paradise.”

 

15. Half Of Me Rihanna slows it down with this bonus track. We only know what we see on TV and read in the magazines, and Rihanna explains we only see the half of it. “You saw me on a television hanging on my dirty linen. You’re entitled to your own opinion. Said you shake your head in my decision. I guess the kinda songs that I been singing make it seem as if I’m always winning.”

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