Not when my 11 is sitting amongst them, they won’t.

I'm among the minority who really likes "Lift Me Up" but there's absolutely no denying it was a damn limp choice of a song to make a comeback with. It literally sounds like a demo (which kinda has its charms but still) and I do find "Born Again" slightly better than it (that one also sounds like a demo ff) .



HIGHEST SCORE: 10 x 1 (@TéléDex)
LOWEST SCORE: 0 x 4 (@Conan, @Mushroom, @papatrick, @happiestgirl)

How do you successfully comeback after six years being gone? It's not an easy task by any means. It's even more difficult when your previous release, was a clear shift in your catalogue. ANTI, by all intents and purposes, is a landmark album in Rihanna's career. At least for me, it felt like the first time that I wasn't browsing for the best songs on the album among filler, but instead, felt like a record.

All of this is to say, the expectations for Rihanna's comeback were sky high solely based on ANTI. Pair this with constant false starts (some coming from herself) and constant rumours from insiders alleging of a double album, a reggae album, a documentary, etc. The list goes on. The hype and speculation was just at its peak.

It felt very weird that all that hype was wasted on this. I don't think anyone was gagging at Rihanna making a comeback with this single; if anything, I feel everyone was mostly underwhelmed or just... didn't care enough at this point. "Lift Me Up" is largely fine, but it just feels like an entire waste of the hype for Rihanna's comeback. Obviously, this, paired with her antics, including supporting an abuser and making him model for her clothing line, has completely killed any interest I really had left.

My biggest issue here is, the song is just... okay. It really just goes in one and ear and out the other. Absolutely nothing sticks, despite the message of the song and its context in the film. Oh yeah, that is the other bit, this song was for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever's soundtrack. This also felt off for me, since, Rihanna has been billing herself as a clear entrepreneur, so of course, her comeback single is part of a soundtrack since I assume the cheque was good.

She has yet to perform this song - but I expect it to show up somehow during the Super Bowl - so I leave you with a little behind the scenes video.

No one bothering to write any commentary for this.
I think Lift Me Up is pretty but it’s definitely more of a long interlude buried somewhere in a 17 track Rihanna album, not the big comeback single. The way it completely deflated any excitement I/anyone had about a rihturn is really incredible.

Super Freaky Girl is whatever. The sample does the heavy lifting (so just listen to the original song) and Nicki sounds so terminally bored I will be calling her NyQuil. Speaking of boring, Bored Again next!




HIGHEST SCORE: 9.5 x 1 (@TéléDex)
LOWEST SCORE: 0 x 2 (@eatyourself, @Ashling92)

And with this elimination of "Born Again", Rihanna loses both of her songs in the rate. "Born Again" is such a nothing song to me, it feels even more disposable than "Lift Me Up" as a comeback. I do think there's some greatness here, some glimmers of brilliance, but ultimately, it's just a bit boring until the final minute. The final minute is interesting, as are the electronic vocals in the background, but it's not enough to save this song from being a weak offering.

The song is kind of exactly what you'd expect from a song with that title and the context the song is in. It's the same criticism I have with another soundtrack (or more) in this rate. It's just so obvious. It sounds like filler.

I know it's fair to say that I set out these high expectations for a Rihanna comeback to be one way or another, but for me, the problem is that it's just so boring and bland. There's just no flavour. Nothing for me to sink my teeth in, hell, I'm struggling to find something to write about this song since it's such a middle-of-the-road release.

She has not performed this live and I doubt she ever will, so I leave you with one of Rihanna's best songs to cleanse your palette.

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