Rihanna, the singer who simply seems to be doing everything right has just released her sixth studio album “Talk That Talk” this week and its absolutely everything. Yes, shes released an album every single year since ’05 (except in 2008, when Good Girls Gone Bad was re-released instead), but her impact has only gotten stronger with each release. Ever since 2009’s Rated R, we’ve learned more and more about the singer behind the hits and on “Talk That That” its no different.
Rihanna’s sixth album is her tightest, cockiest, and most assured record yet. From beginning to end we’re treated with radio-ready, endlessly quotable, and relentlessly catchy pop jams. The 23-year-old bad-girl has taken what emerged on Loud and has taken it to a whole other level on “Talk That Talk.” No one out right now is really giving us SEX, SEX, SEX, like Rihanna is on this album. Thanks to the help of Ester Dean who co-wrote at least half the record, RiRi manages to to become naughtier and filthier than ever. “Suck my cockiness, lick my persuasion,” Rihanna demands on the Bangladesh-produced “Cockiness (I Love It),” and lets not forget the chorus “I love it, I love it/I love it when you eat it.” She isn’t here to sugar coat anything. This is Bad Girl Gone Badder. The term “bubblegum pop” does not exist in Rihanna’s vocabulary. The same applies to many other of the album cuts: “Roc Me Out“, “Watch n’ Learn” and the too short, “Birthday Cake.” It may be the shortest song on the album but it’s certainly one of the most memorable. A full version NEEDS to be released eventually.
Apart from the album’s most sexual offerings, we’re are treated to three gorgeous ballads. The StarGate-produced “Drunk On Love” is easily one of album’s other major highlights. The use of The xx‘s “Intro” works so perfectly that is just too magical for words. People always tend to criticize Rihanna‘s lack of emotional depth in her songs, but if you honestly can’t feel anything from her fragile vocals on “Drunk On Love” or the album’s closer “Farewell,” then your ears may be broken or you just need some more convincing. Deluxe bonus track “Fool In Love” should do the trick. This is the best Rihanna has sounded, EVER. Its as if her voice is penetrating your soul. A true game changer and gorgeous moment for RiRi. She may not be the most gifted vocalist, but without a doubt, the girl WERKS with what she has.
A Rihanna album has never been this cohesive. Talk That Talk is an excellent pop record throughout but its unquestionable highlights are in what will/already are the biggest hits on the album. They’re “We Found Love” and “Where Have You Been.”
The former, “We Found Love” has already a proven to be an instant worldwide smash by topping the charts in the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, etc. It captures so much passion and emotion in the simplest of lyrics (“We found love in a hopeless place”). Then comes the other Calvin Harris-produced number and absolute smash “Where Have You Been.” With the help of Dr. Luke and Cirkut, “Where Have You Been” was crafted to be a massive hit. While the song’s chorus is undeniably catchy, its the explosive breakdown that make this dance-pop number a transcendent anthem. Once the song is released, it will be un-stopp-able.
Talk That Talk will only be bringing Rihanna to higher heights. This is Rihanna (all of her) at her best. 4.5/5