ALBUM TITLE : ANTI
ARTIST : RIHANNA
GENRE : POP /R AND B
DATE RELEASED : 2016
Anti is a very strong word for album title. It can be interpreted as new direction for Rihanna in terms of music or telling some unexpected things coming from her. There are lot of expectations on this much awaited album from this pop princess. One of these expectations is coming out a very strong and cohesive album as some music critics realized that her music is getting better and better as time goes by.
After listening to the whole album, you can say that Rihanna is indeed veering away from her pop and dance influence. The whole structure of the album is filling it with songs that are not too radio friendly but grows on the listeners as one listens to it repeatedly. The lack of dance tunes along the likes of “We Found Love.” Instead what we found in her are tunes with lyrics “let me cover your shit in glitter.” Interpreting some of the lyrics, you can tell that she is angry. So mad with things around her that she rather smoke weed as kissing aftermath. Or telling an ex-lover that he could not deal with his current flame positive as the hurt she did on him still run deep in his heart; “Woo” is a nice song to be mad on an ex.
One of the positive aspects of this record is that her vocal performance in this album will remind you of smoky singers of long ago like Shirley Bassey, Ella Fitzgerald, and Julie London. Her voice in “Love on The Brain” will make you feel uneasy first but will definitely love the song as it progresses. In “Desperado,” you will long to listen to Bassey’s “Diamonds Are Forever.”
“Work” is not an ode to labor but is about sex and probably dealing with a man who is mind is always preoccupied with sex. This is probably the song that inspired “Needed Me” in which the girl realized that she needs to respect herself and say “you are just another nigger on the hit list;” simple words but definitely empowering. And the empowerment continues with “Yeah I Said It” which is a very sexual song in terms of vibe.
This album revealed just how versatile she is in terms of covering another artist song. Tame Impala’s “Same Ol’ Mistake” became edgier with her cover version. “Needing Me” sounds like Dido’s “Thank You” probably because one of the writers of this song co-wrote Rihanna’s this acoustice song in this album. Her best vocal performance in this album is from “Higher” which will make you think if she is out there to compete with Adele.
As a whole, this album really is different from her seven studio albums and this time you can say that this is absolutely her sound. With that I rate this record 4 stars out 5 stars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it