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Unapologetic (2012)

Artist: Rihanna
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Format: CD
Sku: 242989357
UPC: 602537220755
UPC 14: 00602537220755
Release Date: 11/19/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Fresh Off the Runway ~ Rihanna
2. Diamonds ~ Rihanna
3. Numb - (featuring Eminem) ~ Rihanna
4. Pour It Up ~ Rihanna
5. Loveeeeeee Song ~ Rihanna
6. Jump ~ Rihanna
7. Right Now ~ Rihanna
8. What Now ~ Rihanna
9. Stay ~ Rihanna
10. Nobody's Business - (featuring Chris Brown) ~ Rihanna
11. Love Without Tragedy/Mother Mary ~ Rihanna
12. Get It Over With ~ Rihanna
13. No Love Allowed ~ Rihanna
14. Lost In Paradise ~ Rihanna
15. Half of Me ~ Rihanna
16. Diamonds [Dave Aude 100 Extended] ~ Rihanna
17. Diamonds [Gregor Salto Downtempo Remix] - (remix) ~ Rihanna
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Illustrator: Mario Hugo.
Muze PNote Photographers: Michael Muller; Melissa T. Forde.
Muze PNote 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

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Eminem
Muze Guest Artist David Guetta
Muze Guest Artist Mikky Ekko
Muze Guest Artist Chris Brown

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Christmas Vol 3
Muze Music Compilations Save The Last Dance 2
Muze Music Compilations From Nothin To Somethin(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Dance 8
Muze Music Compilations Def Jam Sessions Vol 1(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Def Jam Sessions Vol 1
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Dance 09
Muze Music Compilations Total Club Hits
Muze Music Compilations Not 4 Sale (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Good Girl Gone Bad:Reloaded(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Paper Trail (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Paper Trail [PA]
Muze Music Compilations The Best Of NOW That's What I Call Music - 10th Anniversary Edition
Muze Music Compilations Call and Response
Muze Music Compilations Super Hits 12
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Hits
Muze Music Compilations Just Dance
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint 3(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint 3
Muze Music Compilations Def Jam Recordings: 25th Anniversary Box Set
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Dance 11
Muze Music Compilations Just Dance Vol 3
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Dance 10
Muze Music Compilations Hits Collection Volume One(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Hits Collection Volume One
Muze Music Compilations Hits Collection Volume One(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Can't Ban The Truth(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 2011 Grammy Nominees
Muze Music Compilations Lovehate(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Music 38
Muze Music Compilations 534 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 2012 Grammy Nominees
Muze Music Compilations 18 Months
Muze Music Compilations Gifted
Muze Music Compilations Gifted(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Shakira
Muze Music Compilations Now 33
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Weekend 6
Muze Music Compilations Recovery [Clean Version]
Muze Music Compilations Recovery (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Now 40 (Deluxe Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Turtleneck Chain
Muze Music Compilations Turtleneck Chain(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Music 37

Associated Artists and Works

Coldplay
Guetta, David
Jay-Z
Rhianna
Rihanna Tribute
Shakira

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2012
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : B 001781600
Music Label Name Label : Def Jam (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602537220755

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..."

Product Attributes
Product attributeArtist:   Rihanna
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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