Likes: Farewell, Fool in Love
Overall: TRASH. Redundant lyrical content, basic production. Spare your IPod space.
I’m going to make this quick. Six albums deep, one might expect that an artist like Rihanna would exhibit some artistic growth, but none such thing on “Talk That Talk.” What typically makes Rihanna’s albums enjoyable (tolerable at best) are the occasional well-written song (ex. “Unfaithful”, “Russian Roulette”) and solid production (her singles tend to be catchy, infectious & edgy). “Talk That Talk” is completely void of these elements. Lyrically, Rihanna is STILL telling us how horny she is and how she wants it; only this time, she used almost the ENTIRE album to do so. With more sexual content than ever before, 9/14 tracks include innuendo, if not overt lyrics. It’s just simply redundant and tacky. The production is fair in parts, but is tragically trendy and unsophisticated. At times, it sounds like the tracks were produced by college student with a cheap system. “Talk” makes her last album, “Loud,” sound like a masterpiece. Not worth the auditory consumption.