Rihanna is unstoppable, one album after the other her success just keeps growing and you know that her songs will ALWAYS be playing on the radio or anywhere you go. Personally, I love Rihanna she can easily do pop, R&B, hip-hop and lately even house with hits like “We Found Love” which is her latest #1 single and is also featured in her newest release, TALK THAT TALK. Rihanna is the type or artist that can get away with trying out new sounds and people will still listen, anybody remember “Russian Roulette“? Yeah, that was kind of a slow song for her since most of her songs are upbeat, but guess what? This girl right here loved it and with TALK THAT TALK there is so much to love!
TALK THAT TALK is a more light-hearted album in the sense of feeling more fun on Rihanna’s behalf, mainly focusing on making club banging hits without losing the essence of pop that made her so great, opening up to the listeners to the Rihanna after the whole Chris Brown deal, telling them that even though you might be at the top you still want to be loved. By doing this, she exposes an even sexier side of herself (yeah if you thought “S&M” was too much get ready) in songs like “Cockiness (I Love It)” in which she sings “suck my cockiness/lick my persuasion/I Love it, I love it, I love it when you eat”, which in an industry where women are not supposed to say how they feel sexually, her wordplay works very clever and make this song a future anthem for girls by making them feel confident. However, with confidence there are also songs like “We All Want Love” in which Rihanna just as much every other single girl out there, reflects about her loneliness and how sometimes she wants someone by her side and despite her efforts to hide it this is her truth. On the other hand, while her collaboration with Jay-Z isn’t a huge hit like “Umbrella” was, “Talk That Talk” is a strong collaboration between the two that exposes the hip-hop side of herself. In TALK THAT TALK, Rihanna is more demanding on not only what she wants but what she needs, not caring if she goes overboard expressing them in somewhat graphic ways in her songs, but always keeping in mind with the whole production of the album to make sure that RiRi’s 11 #1 singles don’t stop here, but rather keep going with this album.
Some of the few gems that I found with TTT were “Birthday Cake” which is only 1 minute and a half with a beat produced by The Dream, Rihanna is outspoken about cake and how she wants someone to eat it even though it isn’t her birthday, if you got the hint of what it really is about, congrats, now you know what Rihanna wants. “Where Have You Been” is more of a house song produced by Dr Luke and Calvin Harris, that without a doubt will become the her next major single (which should be) because it has the power to start parties wherever its played at.
While LOUD hasn’t even settled in yet for many listeners, Rihanna has decided to take off with TALK THAT TALK and pretty much make a statement for herself that she isn’t leaving the charts anytime soon. TALK THAT TALK definitely has the potential to be one of the best pop albums of 2011, Rihanna is one of the few artists out there that can experiment with different sounds and be succesful and this record just proves it; from reggae, to hip-hop, to R&B, to dance, and to putting all of them together in one song, her success will keep on growing and hopefully all the talk
and the dirty talk is all worth it.