|Would like to say it's a "return to form" but she isn't in any way returning to her previous... "thing", and that's actually quite good. It's more like a change of direction, and it gives her a very new and refreshing sound. There are still some major flaws within the album, like the beginning which sounds unstructured; the very emotional "Higher" that sounds as if it were, unfortunately, incomplete; "Woo" sounds as if she recorded some song and then someone put a random instrumental over the vocals; lyrical idiocy:|
"I know you won't, cause we share common interests
You need me, there ain't no leaving me behind
Never know, no, just want out of here
Yeah, once we're gone, ain't no going back"
No "FourFiveSeconds" (guess no one is going to forgive this) and sometimes it sounds too similar to "Talk That Talk" in it's production. Oh, and "Work" is downright incomprenhensible, as if she had a stroke before recording it, or maybe it was the one who wrote it. "Anti" is indeed some kind of antithesis, with some very good highlights; however, Rihanna tried too hard to sound different (experimental maybe?) that she forgot to clean up some of the things that made her previous music a bit ridiculous.