Rihanna, ‘Talk That Talk’ – Album Review. Rihanna is no shrinking violet, nor is she a lovelorn balladeer. She’s pop music’s oversexed alpha female, and she’s not going to shut up about them on her new album, ‘Talk That Talk. And why should she? Just look at the standard version’s cover. She’s sticking her tongue out and batting her lashes.
It screams “Sex!”. So it should go without saying that RiRi blurs the line between pop and soft porn, eschewing confectionery pop music fluff in favor of hard beats and harder words. RiRi goes hardcore, mixing good-girl-gone-bad lyrics with beats that simulate the rhythmic motion of love.
And she does all this while exploring her island roots and Barbados upbringing, incorporating tropical percussion and vocal cadences throughout. Overall, ‘Talk That Talk’ is a sexy, sexual record.
In anyone else’s hands (and voice), it would become stale, tired and boring. Rihanna makes it fresh and appealing on every single song.
1. ‘You Da One’ :.
She channels her island influences right off the bat, thanks to a reggae beat and her vocal pattern. Here, Rihanna is celebrating a loving relationship where she also has a lot of satisfying sex. [ Listen here ]. 2.
’Where Have You Been’ :. This is RiRi at her most dancey and electro. The song comes complete with its staccato beat and it should lure you to the dance floor and keep you there. 3.
‘We Found Love’ :. This is Rihanna’s 11th No. 1 hit.
It embeds in your skull, thanks to the Euro-inspired melody and that vocal hook where RiRi decries “ We found love in a hopeless place. ” She never said the act lovin’ was easy. But getting us to love her songs? Very easy. [ Listen here ].
4. ‘Talk That Talk’ Feat. Jay-Z :.