Rihanna is to be commended for her bravery in the face of public humiliation, but that doesn't make songs like "Stupid In Love" or "Te Amo" any less pedestrian and soggy. And can somebody please euthanize Will Dot I Dot Am already?
Rihanna takes things in a darker, more mature approach that ends up being a hit or miss affair which will surely divide the fans of her previous work. Gone is the girl with fun, flirtatious tracks such as 'Push up on Me' and 'Please don't stop the Music' and in replace we have a deeper, edgier, angrier girl whose album consists of more atmospheric electro-rock tracks. Fans of her previous material should be open minded when checking this out because this really is a good girl gone bad.
When Ne-Yo said "expect a more edgy/angrier Rihanna on this one"-he really meant it. This album is dark, bleak, raw, and much more explicit from her previous work. Of course this album is still mainstream hip-hop/pop at it's core but Rihanna continues to expand her musical palate with several tracks experimenting with dark atmospheres and electro-rock. It'll certainly be interesting how this album plays out in upcoming weeks (and honestly you should know why at this point) but one thing for sure-Rated R live ups to whatever hype it had and shows Rihanna in a more mature, bolder,and slightly new controversial skin.