It has been three long years, but we finally got it. The latest Rihanna project, “ANTI“. And yes, noticeably two tracks that Rihanna released last year are missing, “Bitch better have my money” and “four five seconds” featuring Sir Paul McCartney and Kanye West. But are we really complaining? Not preferably because Rihanna has done what she has been known to do so well, Slay the hell out of us.
Okay, so I am not going to go song for song because there are 16 tracks, but you can (if you haven’t already) Stream it live on http://www.Tidal.com 🔌 and give it a listen. There are some songs that I am not too crazy over, such as “Work” featuring Drake (sorry!) and “Pose“, but with tracks such as “Desperato“, “Woo” and” Same Ol’ Mistake” I can safely say this is probably one of Rihanna’s best works to date.
The album starts off with a track called “Consideration” featuring Artist SZA. You probably remember SZA from her hits such as “Teen Spirit“, “Ice Moon“, “Babylon” featuring Kendrick Lamar and” Child’s Play” featuring Chance the rapper. She also co-wrote Nicki Minaj’s hit “Feeling Myself” off the “The Pink Print” album featuring the Queen Bee herself, Beyonce. You can really hear more of Rihanna’s native accent in this track that compliments the rhythm, a grungy sound with a smooth bass line. All about Rihanna declaring for independence,
“ I got to do things
My own way darling
Will you ever let me?
Will you ever respect me? No.”
Whether it is independency in her career or her life that is she looking for, is up for debate. But it’s nevertheless a pretty catchy song. After demanding for freedom with SZA, Rihanna takes down a knotch with “James Joint“. A small interlude with a jazzy sound where she sings about kissing and missing someone who she says,
“Here come the police
They know about your history..” Breezy, is that you?
“I’d rather be breaking things
Cause we can’t see, we’re too busy kissing.”
Through out the album, there are moments when Rihanna sounds a little inebriated with tracks like, “WOO“, which I admit had to grow on me. I didn’t like it at first, but after listening to it several times, I actually understood the theme behind it.
“I bet she could never make you cry
‘Cause the scars on your heart are still mine.” A song about a woman who isn’t quite over her Ex although she claims she doesn’t love him anymore. A song written The Weeknd. Which probably explains why she sounds angry and drunk in this song. Now my favorite song on this entire album is exact two songs. “Desperado” and “Same Ol’ Mistake“. Two songs that couldn’t sound any more different from one another.
“If you want, take a peek and run away
Runnin’ from and it’s out of luck
Yeah, yeah, there ain’t nothing
There ain’t nothing here for me
There ain’t nothing here for me anymore
But I don’t wanna be alone.“, Desperato with a old western vibe that rides under Rihanna’s unruffled tone as she sings effortlessly through the verses. Compared to “Same Ol’ Mistake“, a cover from Australian rock group Tame Impala’s “New Person, Same Old Mistakes“. I simply love the drums and bass on this song and the range of her voice is just INCREDIBLE.
Overall, ANTI is a honest record about relationships, the good, the bad, and the very ugly. It may not be a very radio friendly album, but I do realize the creative freedom that Rihanna now has as an Artist. Rihanna, you did your thing girl!