- Summary: The fourth studio album for the R&B singer from Barbados features Slash, will.i.am, and Young Jeezy as guest artists.
- Record Label: Def Jam
- Genre(s): R&B
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|Take a breath, take it deep Calm yourself, he says to me If you play, you play the key Take the gun, and count to three I'm sweating now, I'm moving...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Positive: 15 out of 21
Mixed: 6 out of 21
Negative: 0 out of 21
A complex and fascinating portrait of a young woman's emotional process after enduring abuse.
Nothing else on the album can top 'Russian Roulette,' but they certainly complement it, and make its startling conclusion feel sadly inevitable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Positive: 98 out of 122
Mixed: 9 out of 122
Negative: 15 out of 122
Jun 2, 2020Vulnerability, strength, power and an incredible voice being exposed. Rihanna shows once again that she can sing what she wants to sing well.
DammyANov 25, 2009I love it. Very unique, she has carved her own genre...no other Cd or artist sounds remotely like her.
JarvsHNov 24, 2009Her best album so far, and probably the best pop record in years.
MoniqueS.Dec 6, 2009Her best album yet, Personal favorite 'Fire Bomb'.
May 26, 2011Definitely her best album, very dark and personal. It's a shame she put out such a generic album (LOUD) once this wasn't that successfulDefinitely her best album, very dark and personal. It's a shame she put out such a generic album (LOUD) once this wasn't that successful commercially though.… Expand
JimJNov 23, 2009This album shows progression and perfect steps that an artists takes in the turning point of their career. Pitched perfect, and with her This album shows progression and perfect steps that an artists takes in the turning point of their career. Pitched perfect, and with her Caribbean-tint in full effect, Rated R is unstoppable and sure to bring Rihanna critical acclaim. Gear up & get Ready.… Expand
KateSNov 23, 2009Awful and overrated album.
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