Rated R

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  • Summary: The fourth studio album for the R&B singer from Barbados features Slash, will.i.am, and Young Jeezy as guest artists.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
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  1. A complex and fascinating portrait of a young woman's emotional process after enduring abuse.
  2. Nothing else on the album can top 'Russian Roulette,' but they certainly complement it, and make its startling conclusion feel sadly inevitable.
  3. When Rated R ends on an unresolved chord, the sentiment carries over into Rihanna's pop persona. Let's hope that this doesn't mean she's about to back off and start working on her All for You.
  4. Rated R rarely delivers Top 40 fodder. Instead, it's a raw, often unsettling portrait of an artist who is, she insists, no longer a Girl at all.
  5. What works as therapeutic psychodrama for the singer doesn't always work quite as well as pop music, which, from the shiny surfaces, it's clear everyone here is still striving for.
  6. Based on Rated R, Rihanna's artistic aspirations are currently loftier than her abilities. Then again, her tenacity in the face of the unimaginable public humiliation this year is beyond brave.
  7. She brings hints of techno, R&B, disco, hard rock, hip-hop, and pop-punk to this album, but rather than feeling like a masterpiece, it just feels undercooked.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 93
  2. Negative: 12 out of 93
  1. JarvsH
    Nov 24, 2009
    Her best album so far, and probably the best pop record in years.
  2. GarethS
    Nov 23, 2009
    Best pop album of 2009!! Loved it. Go Rihanna!!
  3. ChrisM
    Nov 26, 2009
    Rhianna's best album and my fave album at the mo! Firebomb, Te Amo, Rude Boy & Stupid in love are my fave tracks!
  4. Jun 2, 2011
    Finally revealing the edginess we've long hoped for, here is the Barbadian pop star's most creative effort and she needn't it beFinally revealing the edginess we've long hoped for, here is the Barbadian pop star's most creative effort and she needn't it be radio-friendly to be a success. Her own Velvet Rope and vengeful masterpiece. Expand
  5. DJ
    Nov 30, 2009
    I love this CD. She needed a change from kiddy-pop!
  6. Nov 25, 2010
    Probably, Rihanna's best album to the date, because at difference of "Loud" we can say that the song are Rihanna's songs because she co-wrote it.
  7. KateS
    Nov 23, 2009
    Awful and overrated album.

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