Unapologetic CD (2012)

Artist: Rihanna

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Product Overview


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 242989357
UPC 602537220755
UPC 14 00602537220755
Format CD
Release Date 11/19/2012
Author Rihanna
Compilation Appearance Paper Trail [PA]
Associated Artist/Work Coldplay
Associated Artist/Work Guetta, David
Associated Artist/Work Jay-Z
Associated Artist/Work Rhianna
Associated Artist/Work Rihanna Tribute
Associated Artist/Work Shakira
Associated Artist/Work West, Kanye
Technical Info
CatalogID B 001781600
Lable Name Def Jam (USA)
Released 2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 67m : 51s
UPC 00602537220755
Musical Guests
David Guetta
Mikky Ekko
Chris Brown
Album Notes and Credits
Recording information: Metropolis Studios, London, UK; Nightbird Studio, Los Angeles, CA; R Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Record One Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Roc The Mic Studios, New York, NY; SARM Studio's, Notting Hill, London; Triangle Studios, Atlanta, GA; Westlake Beverly Studios, Los Angeles, CA; WEstlake Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Westlate Santa Monica Recording Studios, Los Angeles, C.
Illustrator: Mario Hugo.
Photographers: Michael Muller; Melissa T. Forde.
In 2012, right on schedule, Rihanna delivered her fourth annual November album. The singer took a different route with the lead single. She didn't go with a dramatic ballad like "Russian Roulette" or a big dance number like "Only Girl (In the World)" and "We Found Love." Instead, the nod went to a midtempo pop ballad, "Diamonds" -- as in "We're like diamonds in the sky" (rather than stars in a mine), a simple and effective, light in meaning yet massive in sonics, quasi-processional. Even with that change of pace, the possibility of it signaling an overall change in direction was slight. Not only is Unapologetic just as varied as Rihanna's past albums -- it's another timely refresh of contemporary pop music -- but it's a little more exploratory and a whole lot deeper, too. Continuing the trend that began on Rated R, Rihanna's at her best when she's flaunting. This goes for "Pour It Up," a characteristically chilly and booming Mike Will collaboration that might as well be a sequel to "Bandz a Make Her Dance," the producer's hit with Juicy J. Wrapped in a serene sneer, Rihanna's trash talk is something else. Moments such as that one are so convincing that the few everywoman heart-on-sleeve songs -- with the exception of the massive, slamming, wailing power ballad that is "What Now" -- don't sound all that natural. Two of the album's most intriguing, contrasting, and not-so-everywoman tracks appear consecutively during the latter half. Both of them were written and produced by Terius "The-Dream" Nash and Carlos "Los" McKinney. "Nobody's Business," flecked with elements from Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel," is a beaming if somewhat belligerent disco-house duet with Chris Brown. Rihanna's partner proposes to make out in a Lexus prior to proclaiming that the relationship "ain't nobody's business." The celebration is followed by "Love Without Tragedy/Mother Mary," conjoined songs with a wide theatrical scope akin to that of the-Dream's own "Nikki, Pt. 2/Abyss." Over a swelling and receding production with echoes of Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis' Eyes," Rihanna mourns ("Felt like love struck me in the night/I pray that love don't strike twice"), then confesses ("Mother Mary, I swear I wanna change"), then surrenders ("I'm prepared to die in the moment"). Perhaps no one should read anything into it. The same could be said of "No Love Allowed," which comes along a little later. Even with a captivating, drum-less reggae groove, it's hard to hear lines like "Your love hit me to the core" and "It's so foolish how you keep me wanting more" and think that she's fine and could be singing about anyone. While this is a fine, if uneven album, the only way to enjoy a significant portion of it is by taking it as pure entertainment. Good luck. ~ Andy Kellman
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.70) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "UNAPOLOGETIC's stark, shadowy R&B is confrontationally honest and sung within an inch of its life..."
Disc 1
1 Fresh Off the Runway
2 Diamonds
3 Numb - (featuring Eminem)
4 Pour It Up
5 Loveeeeeee Song
6 Jump
7 Right Now
8 What Now
9 Stay
10 Nobody's Business - (featuring Chris Brown)
11 Love Without Tragedy/Mother Mary
12 Get It Over With
13 No Love Allowed
14 Lost In Paradise
15 Half of Me
16 Diamonds [Dave Aude 100 Extended]
17 Diamonds [Gregor Salto Downtempo Remix] - (remix)
Product Attributes
Artist Rihanna
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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