Anti (CD) [Explicit]


Rihanna

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There are only a handful of pop stars who have been able to put out great single after for years on end. Along with Beyonce, Rihanna is at the top of that list. Anti is perhaps the first time Rihanna has focused on the album over the single, to the point that its obvious singles are few. And as such, it’s her best album since Rated R. Like that album, Anti finds Rihanna thriving in darker tones. Opener “Consideration” has one of the album’s catchiest melodies and her familiar dancehall-influenced vocal affectation, but its grimey beat and melancholy synths are miles away from a song like “We Found Love.” “James Joint” finds her engaging in some downtempo synth-jazz, like Erykah Badu at her most playful. “Kiss It Better” is one of her most convincing power ballads, its booming synths and big guitar riff placing her closer to Miguel and Janelle Monae. “Work,” featuring Drake, is an able, nimble single and fits on the album better than a single that was ultimately left off the album like “Bitch Better Have My Money,” which wasn’t bad but felt regressive for Rihanna. Here, working with simpatico producers like Timbaland, No I.D. and DJ Mustard, Rihanna sounds comfortable, liberated and in control. She even tries her hand at a cover, essentially singing over a Tame Impala psych-pop song on the surprising (in a good way) “Same Ol’ Mistakes.” That desire to stretch out and not simply be beholden to producing mega singles is undoubtedly well earned and better gives us a sense of Rihanna as an artist than ever before.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Consideration
Rihanna , SZA 02:41
2.
James Joint
Rihanna 01:12
3.
Kiss It Better
Rihanna 04:13
4.
Work
Rihanna , Drake 03:39
5.
Desperado
Rihanna 03:06
6.
Woo
Rihanna 03:55
7.
Needed Me
Rihanna 03:11
8.
Yeah, I Said It
Rihanna 02:12
9.
Same Ol' Mistakes
Rihanna 06:37
10.
Never Ending
Rihanna 03:22
11.
Love On The Brain
Rihanna 03:43
12.
Higher
Rihanna 02:00
13.
Close To You
Rihanna 03:57

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