Talk That Talk

  • Record Label: Def Jam
  • Release Date: Nov 21, 2011
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Musically, this is pop without shame‑-her hookiest and most dance-targeted album.
  2. 83
    True, she's still got two token I-like-it-rough tracks--"Birthday Cake" and "Cockiness (Love It)"--but they're just filler on an album that's all about dragging you out of the bedroom and onto the dance floor.
  3. Nov 21, 2011
    80
    Where last year's Loud had a hefty helping of unshakable singles, this album's arc, however simple--sex, love, sex, repeat--is cohesive and sweet.
  4. Nov 21, 2011
    80
    Sure, like much of the album, Rihanna is mining her past glories all over again, but she does it with such swagger, such enthusiasm, that the end result is a definitive thrill-ride of a success.
  5. Nov 17, 2011
    80
    It works best when the music hall bawdiness is left aside in favour of bleak euphoria.
  6. Nov 17, 2011
    80
    An adrenalised behemoth of a record which reasserts her position as one of pop's most compulsive pleasures.
  7. Nov 29, 2011
    70
    It's easy to criticise Talk That Talk but it's actually a fun and enjoyable record.
  8. Nov 23, 2011
    70
    Behind Good Girl Gone Bad and Rated R, this is Rihanna's third best album to date. Minus the fluff, it's close to the latter's equal.
  9. Nov 23, 2011
    70
    It's another solid collection, complete with radio hits, club bangers, and introspective ballads on her favorite subjects: love and sex.
  10. Nov 22, 2011
    70
    Talk That Talk is both a sharp departure from her dark, rock-infused last two albums Rated R and Loud and a more easily enjoyable work.
  11. Nov 22, 2011
    70
    We turn to Rihanna for kicks, sure, but also, thanks to a voice whose limitations give her a supple vulnerability, for a tinge of bittersweet pain. Talk That Talk is at its best when it's working that angle.
  12. Nov 21, 2011
    70
    Rihanna's sixth album is her tightest, most assured yet--a relentlessly catchy and danceable pop album, with first-rate contributions from top songwriter-producers (The-Dream, No I.D., Dr. Luke, Stargate).
  13. Nov 21, 2011
    70
    Rihanna's version of this sound [dance music] dates to the club music of the early 1990s, an era in which she would have shined. The best songs on this lively and often great album sound synth-perfect for that time.
  14. Nov 21, 2011
    70
    It is meant to be fun, catchy, sexy, and danceable, and while it isn't groundbreaking by any means, it succeeds in reaching all of its goals.
  15. Nov 22, 2011
    67
    It seems erratic, but it somehow works, at least musically.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 505 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 82 out of 139
  2. Negative: 24 out of 139
  1. Nov 21, 2011
    10
    Rihanna's sixth album in six years. Impressive! And she still has that something. With this album, she will surely confirm her spot in the topRihanna's sixth album in six years. Impressive! And she still has that something. With this album, she will surely confirm her spot in the top of the music industry. As for the album, it has a similar "Loud" concept, with a few club bangers, heartbreaking ballads and R&B songs.
    The strongest songs are, in my opinion Where Have You Been, a song that is definitely going to be a bigger success than We Found Love and maybe, but just maybe, Umbrella. Another very good song is Drunk On Love, a great mid-tempo song that shows the power of her vocal. As for the singles, I think that she could've chosen another song to be second single, but the choice was obvious, trying to repeat the success of What's my Name. Of course, there are some shockers, that are no shockers when we hear them on Rihanna album. Song **** is, I must say, one of the weakest from the album. Another very playful and dirty "song" is Birthday Cake, which would've been great for a urban single if it wasn't long for less than 80 seconds. Overall, it's a good album that will keep your attention until she releases a new one, and that could be very, very soon.
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  2. Nov 21, 2011
    8
    After last year's disappointing Loud, my hopes for this album weren't very high. But this has a lot of catchy and great pop tunes - even ifAfter last year's disappointing Loud, my hopes for this album weren't very high. But this has a lot of catchy and great pop tunes - even if some of them sound like retreads of earlier hits. Not as good as Rated R, but still impressive. Full Review »
  3. Nov 21, 2011
    1
    There is no Doubt that she rushed this album, having her world tour and all, made the outcome of it her worst album out of the six. withThere is no Doubt that she rushed this album, having her world tour and all, made the outcome of it her worst album out of the six. with little if any originality to it , Think of this album as a ''Rated R Part 2 '' :/ ''Loud'' and ''Good girl gone bad'' will always be the best :) Full Review »