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Rihanna – Good Girl Gone Bad January 11, 2008

Filed under: Album reviewsTags: , , , — hugo @ 10:04 pm

Rating: ★★★½☆

Rihanna – Good Girl Gone Bad cover

I came across Rihanna for the first time on the radio when I starded hearing Umbrella. I hated this song, I found it repetitive, I couldn’t understand why people liked it, but for some reason my wife did, so Good Girl Gone Bad is another CD that I got her as a present. Once the CD was in our music collection, I got curious about why she was so popular and started listening to the album.

The album’s opening song is Umbrella, which gave the CD a bad start for me. However, I liked a number of subsequent songs quite well, such as Don’t Stop the Music, Breaking Dishes, Rehab, even though that’s a style of music that I don’t usually listen to. Question Existing is interesting, but I could not help but wonder how real the lyrics are; they try hard to show that she is a good girl, compared to today’s Hollywood’s crazyness.

Good Girl Gone Bad is also nice, but I really have issues with the repeated use of we was; I don’t like misuse of grammar in general, especially intentionally, and every instance of we was makes me cringe.

What I wasn’t expecting was that, after a few listens of the album, Umbrella would start growing on me. I now appreciate the rhythm of this song, and by listening more carefully to it, I really got into her voice.

There are other songs that I am still undecided on, such as Push Up On Me and Sell Me Candy, and others that I don’t like (e.g. Say It, which sounds like a Spice Girls song), but despite my first impressions, I quite like this CD in the end.

Listen to: Don’t Stop The Music

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Listen to: Breakin’ Dishes

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