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The queen of 'globo-pop' Rihanna returns to the fray with her seventh studio album and most outlandish record to date. 'Unapologetic' is a daring record from the queen of pop and this is made abundantly clear as soon as album opener 'Phresh Off The Runway' drops. The classic Americanised chart-hop which we all thoroughly love explodes out of the speakers. Rihanna basically raps throughout track number one and this makes for a seriously potent introduction for what is to follow. 

'Diamonds' follows swiftly and is in our humble opinion Rihanna's finest song to date. Not just on this record, but to date. It ticks each and every box and follows each and every formula needed to achieve the kind of global success that the lead single from any new Rihanna album must. Everyone across the globe, no matter their native tongue will LOVE this record. 
 
Album review - Rihanna 'Unapologetic'
Eminem leads the feature list with a verse on 'Numb'. The track itself follows very similar trap sensibilities as the album introduction; 808 claps are out in force on this track and Rihanna dazzles with her repetitive vocals. Eminem delivers a half decent verse which, given his nose dive in recent years marks a return to form. 'Jump' sees Rihanna enter the realm of Skrillex-esque dubstep overkill. To add an extra layer of interest to the medley, she also jumps on Guinuine's classic 'Pony' hook in the build-up to the biggest drop on the record. 'Right Now' follows suit. The occasional Skrillex / David Guetta mash up of genres is both confused and muddled at the best of times.
 
Then comes the most contentious 'talking point' of the record; the Chris Brown duet. It is fairly shocking that this classic 90's love jam can feature on a pop album in 2012 considering the well documented past that Rihanna and Chris Brown share. However, it is also testament to the artist that Rihanna can include such a contentious track on her record. It makes it interesting (to say the least), and let's face it, most pop music isn't very interesting most of the time.
 
This love-torn Chris Brown refrain continues until the end of the record. There are moments of real musical beauty, there are genuine moments of pop brilliance and there are moments which are pretty cringe worthy. It is all here. Here in abundance.
 
'Unapologetic' works on many levels, it is another glorious pop effort from Rihanna; it's a bit of a shame that Rihanna embraced the overly potent dubstep sound on some many tracks. Such dance floor clangers take away from the glory of the pop music that Rihanna has made her own in recent years.
Posted 20th November by Thom
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