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Album Review: Rihanna - "Talk That Talk"

by Melissa Alam
Rihanna continues to show her raw aggression (while still managing to keep up her pop princess "quest for love" act) in her new album, "Talk That Talk."

Our favorite island gyal and pop superstar has recently debuted her sixth album titled "Talk That Talk." A little more upbeat than her emo, man-hating tunes on her 2009 album "Rated R" and a little less desperate (come on, "California King Bed"?!) than her 2010 album "Loud", Rihanna's new record shows a stronger level of sexual progression and maturity throughout her songs.

The album kicks off with the song "You Da One"- a mid-tempo beat produced by Dr. Luke with hints of reggae and might I say, a healthy dose of optimism? Imagine yourself skipping down to the beach, holding hands with your sweetheart and simultaneously chewing on some juicy Bubble Yum. Yup, you basically just listened to this track. Watch out world, the confidence and hopefulness for finding love is back in Rihanna's music!

Moving along, RiRi is keeping up with the current trend of electronic dance music, from her obvious influences of European pop on tracks such as "We Found Love" and "Where Have You Been." The climactic rise of the beats and addicting hooks on these tracks almost beg you to pop some E, turn on the strobe lights in your living room and call it a night. (Disclaimer: Please do not do as suggested.)

Next up, we have the title track "Talk That Talk" featuring Jay Z and frankly, I expected more from the duo that brought us "Run This Town" and "Umbrella." I mean, once you spit out a reference to a bladder, you are dead to me (I kid, I kid Mr. Carter). There's nothing great about this track, but they did sample Biggie's "I Got A Story To Tell", making this song a tad bit cooler. 

Now the real magic of this album is when RiRi gets dirty and raw. She apparently loves it "when you eat it" on her "Cockiness (Love It)" track as Mr. Bangladesh once again kills the beat and RiRi oozes erotica. Please have your inhaler ready as she moans "Suck my cockiness, lick my persuasion." 'Nuff said, girl.  

To sum up, "Talk That Talk" is no exception to Rihanna's eclectic style and varied identity phases. As she grows up, so does her music as we can differentiate her newest album as full of ballads claiming her search for love ("We All Want Love," "Drunk On Love," and "Fool In Love") and songs that make us want to take a serious cold shower ("Birthday Cake," "Cockiness (Love It)," "Roc Me Out," "Red Lipstick," and "Watch N Learn"). Loyal fans (or Rihanna Navy as they call themselves) will love this album as it's a little more cohesive than her previous efforts and provides the catchy vocals and beats that we've all come to expect from this pop princess. For everyone else, lets just be thankful that Drake isn't providing any of his famous math equations on this album.

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