Rihanna
Unapologetic


1.5
very poor

Review

by Scott M. Baldwin USER (94 Reviews)
February 23rd, 2013 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: She forgot to make this one interesting.

Rihanna's seventh album is titled Unapologetic, which usually describes someone who isn't afraid to cause a little chaos. It would certainly seem that way, as even after the incident with Chris Brown beating her to a bloody pulp, she still indulges in a bit of time with ex-boyfriend and admitted woman beater Chris Brown. And aside from a duet with Brown on her latest album, which comes off as tasteless and totally vomit-inducing, there really isn't any proof of her being, um, unapologetic. In fact, she has a lot to apologize for with album.

Riri's latest way to promote her latest album was a tour plane, and journalists have made no effort to hide the fact that the whole thing was poorly organized. Among the many problems that plagued the tour was lack of food or any access to what everyone usually goes to the Carribean for- the beach. Now while this may not have anything to do with the album, it certainly is telling that the idea of someone making 7 albums in 7 years is just plain ridiculous, and needs to take at least a year off to either get her s--t together, or maybe take some time to, you know, actually plan things properly. And Unapologetic, is a testament to her idea to just keep going with no rest, that, would in theory sound good, instead just has us wondering about her mental state, especially if it drives her to hang around with Chris Brown.

That's not even the most of the problems, however. The big problem with this album is that it suffers from a general lack of interestingness. The songs may be catchy, but there isn't any hooks. Even the horribly depressing Rated R album had the decency to give us "Rude Boy", and Loud and Talk That Talk were filled with hook-filled catchy club anthems like "What's My Name" and "We Found Love". The opening track on this album, "Phresh Out Da Runway", just sounds like she's messing around with a synthesizer and a hip hop beat and sounds totally boring as a result, and its chorus, which seems to repeat the title a minimum of 9, 836, 589, 076 times, will likely drive you to insanity. Songs that should be club hits like "Pour it Up" and "Jump" (the latter of which samples a lyric from Ginuwine's 1996 hit "Pony"), come off as boring and depressing. Then we have her second duet with Eminem, "Numb", which, um, let's just say is certainly no "Love the Way You Lie". Eminem's totally pointless appearance is filled with painful rhymes (including this lovely line: "Homie can you show me where the gosh darn bath salts are/
Cause I'm sick of sniffing asphalt"
), and the trademark repetitive chorus doesn't help matters either. Its also telling when the first single she releases is a boring and soulless ballad "Diamonds", and that's only just the first single.

And then there's the tasteless duet, "Nobody's Business", featuring Chris Brown. The beat is nice enough but it's pretty disturbing to hear Chris sing about how he wants to "touch her" (to do what, beat her up again?), and to hear that they're "happy together". Have fun being beat up again, RiRi. In addition, one could only wonder if the original line in "Love Without Tragedy", "What is love without tragedy?", was "Who am I without Chris Brown?". The soulless and depressing ballad seems to be obsessed with RiRi trying to convince everyone that no relationship is perfect. And I guess she is right in hat regard, but it's a little funny to hear coming from her.

Just about the only song I can recommend from this album is "No Love Allowed". The song bears a chord progression similar to a late Michael Jackson track and is a nice, breezy reggae song. It's the only song that sounds like she even tried to make good, and that chord progression I'll stick in your head. Otherwise, I can't say I can tell what went wrong with Unapologetic, or what went most wrong, or even if it's because she seems to just keep going with no rest. Either way, my advice to Fenty's manager is this: stop making her make an album every year. And my advice to Rihanna: please, go away for a while. Get your s--t together. Stop hanging around Chris Brown, either way, we won't forget you, because even songs like "Russian Roulette" get played on top 40 radio regularly. We won't forgive you for this album, however.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Anthracks
February 23rd 2013


3774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

loveeeeee song is one of the best songs ever

Digging: Ariel Pink - Pom Pom

MadKungFu
February 23rd 2013


375 Comments


Oh man no. just no. i try not to shit over poorly written reviews because i'd rather not be a dick but damn this needs some work

ChopSuey
February 23rd 2013


2392 Comments


wonder whats up with all these shit artists getting reviews

MadKungFu
February 23rd 2013


375 Comments


Pop artists deserve to be reviewed same as any other artist. That's no excuse for shit reviews

toxin.
February 23rd 2013


12777 Comments


she's probably my least favorite artist ever

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
February 23rd 2013


23973 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

worst Rihanna album. still some bits to enjoy, but her sound is getting more and more homogeneous and predictable with each album.

Digging: Taylor Swift - 1989

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
February 23rd 2013


23973 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

hmm I dunno I'd argue that she greatly succeeds in that category

ButtsweatAndTears
February 23rd 2013


340 Comments


She succeeds at being a slut though...

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
February 23rd 2013


23973 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

hey look a female pop-star accused of being a slut! we didn't even make it to page 2 yet, good job guys!

and @andcas lol well yeah obviously. it's Rihanna, you expect her music to be "believable" or "deep" or something?

DirtBagDan
February 23rd 2013


582 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

she is awful.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
February 23rd 2013


23973 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

shut up and drive andcas

DirtBagDan
February 23rd 2013


582 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Shes awful. I'm no pop hater, but damn she is bad.

tommygun
February 23rd 2013


25138 Comments


what did I just read

Digging: Banks - Goddess

foxblood
February 23rd 2013


6797 Comments


damn that's quite a tower of 1's, i doubt this is that bad

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 23rd 2013


50872 Comments


Whoever wrote that S&M song is obviously not into S&M

Digging: Bobby Barnett - Little Wounds

MadKungFu
February 23rd 2013


375 Comments


trebor is apparently into s&m

good for you i guess

Cygnatti
February 23rd 2013


21890 Comments


"but it's raining and I have no umbrella ella ella a."

ATL's cover of that song rules though >:[

Digging: Chansey - Natural Cure

amanwithahammer
February 23rd 2013


557 Comments


I think you should talk about music in a music review

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
February 23rd 2013


23973 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Umbrella is my go to drunken pop jam, I love that shit.

tommygun
February 24th 2013


25138 Comments


anticipation for precipitation



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