Rihanna - 9th Album

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The instrumental is lovely, but, no offense to Rihanna, this would have been so much better in the hands of a different singer. You need someone with a stronger, more soulful voice to pull a song like this off, her vocals are just not cutting it in the slightest.
 
I get that the long LONG pauses she's been serving for the past decade have somehow pushed her into the stratosphere of mythical cool (and somehow made us tolerate Eminem of all people by proxy), but she's always been, at best, a phenomenally successful but just competent bop maker and an sub-average balladeer. Clown college curriculum, I fear. The absolute downward ride that was everything post-"Rated R", and then the long wait for "ANTI" when we got... that. I know it's a well-loved album here, but to me, felt aimless and like an death knell to her music career. Everything after that... is just a hobby of a make-up mogul. Excited to see what she'll cook up for SuperBowl, but... time for the balloon to pop.
 
I get that the long LONG pauses she's been serving for the past decade have somehow pushed her into the stratosphere of mythical cool (and somehow made us tolerate Eminem of all people by proxy), but she's always been, at best, a phenomenally successful but just competent bop maker and an sub-average balladeer. Clown college curriculum, I fear. The absolute downward ride that was everything post-"Rated R", and then the long wait for "ANTI" when we got... that. I know it's a well-loved album here, but to me, felt aimless and like an death knell to her music career. Everything after that... is just a hobby of a make-up mogul. Excited to see what she'll cook up for SuperBowl, but... time for the balloon to pop.
She has some great songs, actually. Her singles discography is one of the best of the last 20 years in pop music.
I agree that her albums are not that good though, and even the most acclaimed ones have a lot of “meh” tracks.
 
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My Good Girl Gone Bad vinyl arrived yesterday. So after bopping to that before bed and then waking up to this it’s just disappointing. Not everything has to be a bop but not every artist can pull off a ballad well.
 
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