So maybe I didn’t time this review properly. I should have posted this as soon as Rihanna’s album came out, because all we’re thinking about now is Beyonce. Nevertheless, here goes nothing:
Maybe it’s because there was too much hype around the album. Maybe I don’t know how to truly appreciate the artist that is Rihanna. I just felt like ANTI wasn’t quite what I was expecting. So, full disclosure: I’m not a Rihanna fan. Wait! Put the pitchforks down! … I can admire her as an artist but I just don’t go out of my way to listen to her music. So when I listened to the album, I tried to go in with an open mind and an unbiased opinion but, no amount of open mind was going to make me truly love the album.
So the fans waited 507 years for an album that was meant to be different, genuine and powerful. Yet, I felt like they received an album that was simple, repetitive and forced. Maybe I’m being too hard. I mean, there were a couple of tracks that I truly enjoyed in the album; but there were also some songs that made me throw my phone at the wall. For the album ANTI Rihanna ditched the party anthems and slowed things down, so maybe in that sense the album was different from the rest. Yes I know, she has slow songs in her other albums but ANTI was carried by the slow jams as opposed to having a strong party anthem theme.
“Higher” is my favorite song off of ANTI. The song gives an Etta James, old school vibe and Rihanna’s vocals are raw, raspy and heartfelt. The only bad thing about the song is that, just when you’re getting into it, it’s over! She stays with the soulful sound for my second favorite off the album “Love On The Brain”, this is a real R&B song. This song is a combination between a song like “Misty Blue” by Dorothy Moore and a modern R&B song; I am absolutely basking in the soulful vocals.
Rihanna often finds herself dangling between the fine line of having a catchy chorus and sounding repetitive and annoying; and too often does she fall on the side of being annoying. A perfect example of this is “Work”, which may be the most radio-friendly song of the album; it’s also the most annoying song of the album. I listened to the song twice and I’ll tell you: once was enough. At one point the “lyrics” stop sounding like words and quickly become “Blah, blah, blah, blah”.
As a whole, the album isn’t terrible, I’m sure 3 or 4 more replays and I’ll start enjoying more than the two songs. I do want to make it clear: I am not trying to downplay the work that Rihanna put into this album, it just wasn’t what I was expecting. Though I appreciate that she didn’t just go for the radio hits, it’s difficult to consider this album a success for Rihanna. Then again, who am I to say? The album sold a million copies in less than a day, so clearly someone out there is truly enjoying the listening experience.
Here’s a video version of my review (subscribe to my YouTube channel if the video makes you laugh at least once):
Have you listened to the album? What are your thoughts?
Do you completely disagree with me?