Rihanna is set to release her second single from her recently released album, Unapologetic, which I just finished listening. This one is called “Pour It Up”, and is definitely a fresh sound from Rihanna and what made me decide to actually give the album a listen to begin with (Not that Diamonds is a particularly bad song, but it’s a bit annoying, and many of the remixes I find are better than the original). I originally heard this song on DJ Sliink’s mix on Diplo and Friends, if I recall correctly, and immediately fell in love with it. I later found out it’s a Mike Will Made It production, and no wonder, because he’s been on a tear lately and one of my favorite producers right now. He utilizes very simple production but his sound is so crisp and precise.
The album overall is very good. There was only two or three songs I didn’t enjoy, which were the winey-baby songs, but besides that it’s fantastic. Besides “Pour It Up”, I really enjoyed “Loveeee Song” especially because of Future, “Jump” because of the “Pony” sample, and “No Love Allowed” because of the reggae vibe. The Chris Brown feature is actually pretty good, and the pop songs are overall very good and I’m sure we will hear a lot of radio play and singles from this album. The album is traditional yet untraditional, predictable yet inventive, and while this may sound a bit unconvincing, the album overall is very convincing (despite what Pitchfork’s pretentious critique says). “Jump”, for example, is a dubstep single, and the David Guetta featured “Right Now” is sure to hear club play. This is an album for a good mood, or maybe to put you in that good mood, and is a great album to turn on for a pregame. It provides a little bit of everything, and I definitely recommend giving it a listen.