Good Girl Gone Bad

  • Record Label: Def Jam
  • Release Date: Jun 5, 2007
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Rihanna works with edgier and wittier verse than on her two previous albums.
  2. An album of class, depth and seriously hard grinding, it's a major transformation from pretty girl with potential to star turn.
  3. Beyonce's superstar status is not in danger, but she should hand her A&R man a copy of this album.
  4. Three consecutive Timbaland productions, including one suited for a black college marching band and another that effectively pulls the romantically co-dependent heartstrings, enhance the album rather than make it more scattered.
  5. An unexpectedly varied and satisfying listen.
  6. This CD sounds as if it were scientifically engineered to deliver hits.
  7. What the songs lack in lyrical innovation they more than make up for in transporting rhythms.
  8. Blender
    70
    She's chosen a bunch of fiery roles that even she can't dull up. [Jul 2007, p.114]
  9. Frankly, any track from this set could work as a single.
  10. Billboard
    60
    Focusing more on catchy hooks and Fergie-style chants than lyrics helps disguise her vocal limitations. [9 Jun 2007]
  11. Lyrics are once again an Achilles high heel for Rihanna.
  12. [She] is ill-suited to the swerve into dance-pop territory that dominates the first half.
  13. Good Girl never settles on a sound, and Rihanna vacillates between aping Gretchen Wilson, Ashanti, Gwen Stefani, and Pink. Nonetheless, she often sounds every bit like the superstar she clearly intends to be.
  14. A fairly satisfying collection of disposable pop R&B.
  15. The album often ventures into the cheesiest territories of pop music, but this is Rihanna's strongest effort to date.
  16. There are hits on Good Girl Gone Bad, big clubfisted ones, but they're wedged in with facsimiles and reductions.
  17. Truly, this is music for the ringtone generation.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 336 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 66
  2. Negative: 8 out of 66
  1. Jul 22, 2011
    10
    This album is mostly flawless from start to finish. Songs like "Question Existing", "Good Girl Gone Bad", "Sell Me Candy", "Lemme Get Dat",This album is mostly flawless from start to finish. Songs like "Question Existing", "Good Girl Gone Bad", "Sell Me Candy", "Lemme Get Dat", and a few others despratly need taken off this album. Highlights include "Hate Myself For Loving You", "Umbrella", "Push Up On Me", "Breakin' Dishes", "Shut Up And Drive", "Rehab", "If I Never See Your Face Again", "Disturbia", "Take A Bow"! Full Review »
  2. Nov 21, 2011
    0
    Overproduced, no relatable lyrics, poor voice... this is Rihanna's music. You won't miss much if you decide to skip this album, or herOverproduced, no relatable lyrics, poor voice... this is Rihanna's music. You won't miss much if you decide to skip this album, or her discography for that matter. Full Review »
  3. EdwardE
    Jul 14, 2007
    10
    The best R&B album of this decade. It's that good.