ALBUM REVEW: RIHANNA – TALK THAT TALK DELUXE TRACK BY TRACK!
Hi and welcome to our track by track review of Rihanna’s sixth album Talk That Talk!
- You Da One – the second single to be lifted from Talk That Talk – we like it, it’s a light lilting love song with an easy catchiness to it – not sure if it’s really single material though.
- Where Have You Been – this track follows more in the We Found Love formula – more dance orientated with a Black Eyed Peas style breakdown through in for good measure. In fact when we get the credits Calvin Harris wrote and produced this track for Rihanna!
- We Found Love – speaking of Calvin Harris he is a featured act on this track, if you haven’t heard this summer sounding anthem by now then you must have been living under a rock! Marked by controversy around the video which featured a violent relationship and has now been banned in several countries nothing can take away from what a tune this is. My only comment would be that anyone could sing this song and I think it would be a hit, it’s just lucky it landed on Rihanna’s lap.
- Talk That Talk – the trouble is with this track is that Umbrella is going to be uttered as a comparison as it also features Jay-Z. Jay’s rap is typically OTT – lots of swearing, sex and money references. Rihanna seems to like it though as she sings back to his ‘talk that talk to me’ – it’s not one of my favourites.
- Cockiness (Love It) – produced by Mr. Bangladesh it’s definitely a different style of production, it’s hard to explain through words so you should just listen to it – it’s bizarre but it really works and it’s nice to hear something different from a ‘pop’ artist.
- Birthday Cake – bit of a strange one this, it’s filled with sexual innuendos as is Cockiness but it only stands at 1.18 in length, but I liked the little bit they included
- We All Want Love – a slightly safer and softer Rihanna sound here – we can imagine this being selected for a single choice, it’s a universal theme and her layered vocals sound lovely on this track.
- Drunk On Love – the wonderful British producers Stargate had a hand in this track (think Steps and S Club back in the day!) again it’s nice to hear her vocals have a bit of space in this track, it features a stronger vocal style but doesn’t stand out from the pack.
- Roc Me Out – I think this is where Rihanna sits best – on a female empowerment song, here she sings about taking control of a situation telling the boy to ‘roc me out on the floor’ to me this reflects the parts of Rihanna’s personality we see and fix her better than the ‘love song’ vibes.
- Watch N Learn – really enjoyed Hit-Boy’s production on this track. It’s a sort of hip-hop for the masses track. This is another track about seduction or bed-room antics.
- Farewell – another single possibility for me, again a great producer ‘Alex da Kid’ who is currently working on Cheryl Cole’s third album – it’s about saying goodbye to a love and wishing them the best on their way. Really enjoyed the lyrics to this song.
- Red Lipstick – these track now form part of the deluxe version album package. Again amazing producers Chase and Status are responsible for the feel of this track (think their End Credits tune) – it’s not one of my favourites on the album, there’s no sense of build or drama in it.
- Do Ya Thing – this track is possible the cutest on the album – I really like it, it sounds happy and upbeat, more like a pure pop track and reminiscent of the start of her career.
- Fool in Love – wow sounds like a cross between a Queen and Madonna song subject matter wise but it doesn’t live up to the promise of the first 30 seconds of the track.
- We Found Love Extended Mix - nice little bonus to finish off the album with
Now on her sixth album I think Rihanna has found her stride and her sound, everything from Loud has been turned up a bit, on all fronts this is a good thing except the innuendos do get a bit ridiculous around the middle of the LP. But even the barmy-ness of some of the tracks on this album sit well within it and provide something a bit different to the pop landscape.
The subject matter varies between empowerment, sex and love and Rihanna has been teamed with a stellar cast of producers to ensure this record sounds current and even ahead of the game in places.
Popledge Rating: 7/10
Tracks for your iPod: Where Have You Been, We Found Love, Cockiness, Roc Me Out, Farewell and Do Ya Thing.
Listen to this if you like: Kelly Rowland, Ke$ha, Keri Hilson and Cher Lloyd.