Day Three of My Week with Rihanna and today its the single S&M. Released in January 2011, this was taken from her album Loud released in 2010.
Loud was Rihanna's fifth studio album, and S&M was the fourth single from it. This single reached number three in the UK charts.
This is a pop song, but its a dark one. It features lyrics about sex, bondage and fetishes, and is one dirty track indeed!! For all that, it is also very good and very catchy and her voice sounds awesome.
Its quite up tempo, and has synthesisers and lots of bass in keeping with its theme. Unsurprisingly, it was banned in quite a few countries!!
Now the video - goodness me!! It features Rihanna in several risqué outfits and sporting vibrant red hair. First up she is wearing what appears to be a newspaper print dress, and is taped to the wall with celophane over her. There are then other outfits featuring lots of rubber and pvc and ahem, bondage and tape!
She writhes around as a bunny girl against a backdrop of press headlines. Finally she is lying on a desk in a pink pvc dress, and provacatively eating a banana. Phewf!! Not for the faint hearted or easily offended this one!
Now lets be grown up about this. Rihanna is a beautiful, talented singer, but she is also not bothered about shocking folks. So you know what you are getting with this girl. She sounds great on this, the lyrics are clever, if dirty such as "cause I may be bad, but I'm perfectly good at it", "sticks and stones may break my bones but chains and whips excite me!" Blimey. Clever though.
I actually like this song - its different, it sounds good, it sticks in your head and most important for a song to last - its memorable. How many other songs can you remember from this year? Exactly.
If you haven't heard it go have a listen and let me know what you think. For more music check out My Music page here. Happy listening :)