Ok off we go then on Day One of My Week with Rihanna. To start us off, I've chosen the massive hit We Found Love.
This single was taken from her sixth studio album, Talk that Talk which came out in 2011. It was written and produced by Calvin Harris, and has a very dancey vibe. It hit the number one spot here in the UK charts.
This is a huge pop track, but its also a bit techno featuring synthesisers and gadgetry. Its quite fast paced, and Rihanna's vocals are superb. The lyrics are a little sparse, and its not really very meaningful - just the title over and over again in the main. But don't let that detract from the point - this is a fab pop song. It just does exactly what it says on the tin.
Now the video however, is a different story. I had never seen it before, but having just watched it, its a bit shocking to be honest. It is however, quite cool if you take it for what it is - a pop video from a controversial artist. Rihanna doesn't wear much in it, she is seen smoking what I assume to be a dodgy smoke - the clue to this is the pills and dilated pupils that flash on and off. She is wild here.
It to me seems to be about a relationship that is good when its good, and downright destructive when its bad. It shows extreme behaviour - happy, messing about, laughing - crying, being sick and over doing the indulgences at the opposite. She looks smoking though, and so does the guy whoever he is. No denying that she has a talent for shocking folks. Not to mention that this video is infamous in that where it was filmed, a farmer took offence to her state of undress!! No publicity is bad publicity right?
I like this song a lot. It catchy, well sung and upbeat. Its a pop song though, and for all its fun, I can't imagine this one being played ten years from now. It doesn't to me have that longevity, but its still a great track from a talented artist. Go have a listen and let me know what you think.
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