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Album Review: Rihanna – ‘Talk That Talk’

Rihanna Talk That Talk Album Review: Rihanna   Talk That Talk

Six albums in six years. Say what you want about Rihanna, but that is quite the feat.

Yet, it’s this very fact that has divided fans and critics alike. For, the Bajan star has crammed into her short career releases and achievements her predecessors have worked decades to amass.

Predictably, the 23 year old’s supporters lap up each annual effort. One after the other, after the other. However, growing ever wider is the sect of listeners who attribute her success to being little more than a record label puppet. Indeed, with few writing credits, a limited vocal range, and a “change-with-the-sway” sound, it’s hard to posit the contrary.

Whatever the reality, the singer remains a staple on the tongues of many.  A sentiment well captured on the title of her sixth studio album ‘Talk That Talk’.

However, with ample doubt still surrounding Ri’s legitimacy, it quite – literally – is time for her to ‘walk that walk’.

After attending Def Jam’s London playback, That Grape Juice gives you the WORLD EXCLUSIVE first full review of the album everyone’s waiting for.

 

First things first, an all-star cast have been assmbled to craft the star’s latest batch of hits. Indeed, premium production pervades the 11-song set courtesy of The Dream, Dr Luke, Stargate, Ester Dean, Alex Da Kidd, to mention but a few. However, as will be uncovered, this overt approach to hit-hunting serves as the album’s biggest strength, yet dually as its Achilles Heel.

Opener ‘You Da One’ establishes a welcome shift in tempo from whimsical lead single ‘We Found Love’. A pulsating mid-tempo, the track is laced with enough “eh eh’s” and “ah ah’s” to resonate with radio. Yet producer Dr Luke pairs this with ample ‘edge’ by way of gritty production and an immense Drum n Bass bridge, both of which contrast the song’s lyrical sweetness. A solid step in the right direction.

What isn’t, however, is the singer’s hyper-reliance on ‘sex’. Thematically, the topic is omnipresent throughout the record – largely to its detriment. Bizarre numbers ‘Birthday Cake’ and ‘Cockiness (Love It)’ – perhaps best underscore this. Flagrantly provocative, the songs don’t exclusively fall short because of their lyrical looseness. No. Rather, they largely lack, as they simply aren’t a fraction as interesting as their root titles imply.

Indeed, Bangladesh’s  ‘Cockiness’ boasts production that negatively highlights the difference between innovative and irrational; sounding altogether like construction noise. The cut also features the singer at her nasal worst, which in itself, speaks volumes.  While, ‘Cake’ serves up faux-attitude (“I’mma make you my bitch”) and perhaps the most lyrically redundant hook on the entire LP (“cake, cake, cake, cake”). The latter of which is some achievement, as even the best tracks on the record find their choruses consisting of but a few words repeated over and over. Case, point, example, the Afro-Beats meets ‘Only Girl’ winner of a cut ‘Where Have You Been’.

The album is by no means a doomed affair; a fact driven all the way home by its epic standout track ‘Talk That Talk (ft. Jay-Z)’. Filthy, mucky, and gritty, the cut turns each of the aforementioned into a positive due to essentially being that good.  ‘Talk’ – the older, raunchier sister of ‘Rude Boy’ – sees Rihanna re-engage with Caribbean diction, as she effortlessly rides Stargate’s cutting edge beat.  However, the undeniable MVP here is Jay-Z who savagely attacks his 16 bar track opener with ear-grabbing ferocity. A “must be” future single, as is ‘Roc Me Out’ – which too borrows from the ‘Rude Boy’ template.

Elsewhere, tracks such as ‘Farewell’ and the drum-driven ‘Drunk on Love’ usher in shining moments vocally on an otherwise heavily processed set. Noted by even her fiercest critics for possessing a unique tone, these cuts extract the best qualities from her oft-misused instrument.  Yet, in doing so, the production brilliance that defines much of the album is lost. A shame, as a healthy balance between vocal projection and production would have elevated such tracks above their album-track-at-best status.

A flash of such potential, however, is briefly realized in the form of ‘We All Want Love’. Easily the most Pop outright cut on the record, the NO ID number avoids generic territory with its anthemic chorus and Folk sensibilities. As such, the track renders a sound Rihanna would be well-advised to explore. That is, of course, if musical growth is on her agenda.

With ‘Talk That Talk’, then, the young starlet presents quite the conundrum. For, on one hand, the album embodies much of what’s wrong with today’s industry (over-processed, lyrically empty, and vocally unchallenged). Yet, on the other, shows baby-step progression and inklings of musical maturity. Slowly, but surely, ay?

That Grape Juice Rating: 3/5 Stars

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166 Comments

  • November 11, 2011 at 11:39 am
    TAYLOR SWIFTS NUMBER 1 FAN says:
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    Hmmm

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:39 am
    TAYLOR SWIFTS NUMBER 1 FAN says:
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    Hmmm

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:42 am
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    rihanna is the Goddess of pop:)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:42 am
    YOOSONDALOOSE says:
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    Can’t wait for the release!

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:42 am
    YEABEY Knows Alegebuh! says:
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    OMG! A nice review from TGJ 8O!

    I like the deluxe tracks better. Especially “Do Ya Thing” … The drums in that song>>>>

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:43 am
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    Im in the mood for some morning s** :)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:43 am
    In My Honest Opinion says:
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    I love Rihanna but I am not impressed. Her sound is nothing different from everything else out there. No risks, no creativeness… I’m TIRED of hearing about s**, being a bad ass and the IDGAF attitude. & whats worse is, my peers are going to eat this music up and believe it to be something when its really just worthless recycled material thats been done over and over and over and……

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:43 am
    yuppitsme says:
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    im only liking 3 of these songs hmm idk if ill be buying

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:44 am
    britqueen says:
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    this means the album is a 5/5 lol if TGJ gives it 3/5 u know its way better.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:44 am
    KERRON says:
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    Well since TGJ is very biased you know thw album is a 4/5 or even a 4.5/5

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:45 am
    KYLE says:
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    HOW CAN U GIVE HER A 3/5 BASED ON 30 SECOND PREVIEWS SAM!!

    THE ALBUM ISNT EVEN OUT YET!!

    FROM WHAT I HEARD, IT SOUNDS AMAZING!!

    STUPID SAM!!!!

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:46 am
    AuntieJackie says:
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    Good, honest review. The album surely has some good songs, but I can’t imagine that it means anything more than more top 20/top 10 hits. I think she’s releasing herself into a corner. Will there be an album every 6 months? When will it get old that these singles reach the top 20/top 10? How “bad ass” can she be?

    It’s not old just yet, but it’s going to get there.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:46 am
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    Touch me guys

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:48 am
    KERRON says:
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    i wonder how much he gave kelly Rowlands album LOL……SAM tell the other FLOPS to go around and HAVE A f****** SEAT!!!

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:49 am
    YEABEY Knows Alegebuh! says:
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    We can edit comments here now? Nice Sam! Only if we could quote now then that would be awesome.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:50 am
    YEABEY Knows Alegebuh! says:
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    Sam was at the Listening Party. He heard the whole thing. Gosh! Its just a review.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:51 am
    RIHNATION says:
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    Um Sam, you will NEVER give Rihanna a fair critique being that you dont like and obviously JEALOUS of her! Here’s a True Critic/Journalist From MTV giving a reveiew..

    Rihanna’s Talk That Talk: Bad Girl Goes Even Badder

    Rihanna takes the reins on her new album, which is not only the best of her career, but perhaps the best pop album of the year.
    By James Montgomery (@positivnegativ)

    Rihanna’s already Gone Bad, been Rated R and gotten Loud (all within the span of about four years, mind you), which sort of raises the question: What’s left?

    Well, if her new album, Talk That Talk — in stores November 21 — is any indication, she’s not really sure of the answer. But here’s the brilliant thing about the disc: Rather than go searching for a new public persona, this time around, she’s simply content to sharpen her focus.

    And in doing that, she’s created an album that is badder, raunchier and louder than anything she’s ever done before; an endlessly compelling, hit-soaked, high-powered thing that’s not only the best effort of her career, but arguably the best pop album of 2011. Talk That Talk outmuscles Born This Way, outguns Femme Fatale and, while it might never outsell 21 (because, really, what album can at this point?), it certainly outworks it.

    Simply put, it’s the album on which Rihanna absolutely goes for it, pushing her naughty-girl image to the breaking point, embracing the clubs with both arms, strutting and lilting and sassing her way past her pop contemporaries. Working with a blue-ribbon panel of today’s most gifted hitmakers (Dr. Luke, Calvin Harris, Stargate, Bangladesh, No I.D., Hit-Boy, etc.), she’s managed to craft an album that will no doubt bear radio fruit for the foreseeable future (current single “We Found Love” is the #1 song in the country, just in case you didn’t know) but also pulls off the rather interesting feat of being endlessly, obsessively interesting too.

    Take, for example, album opener “You Da One,” which starts in traditional RiRi territory — building on a slow, skanking rhythm — expands with a starbursty chorus, then contracts nearly as quickly on a knotty, ratcheting middle. Or “Where Have You Been,” a song that not only sees her borrowing lyrics from Geoff Mack’s dusty stomper “I’ve Been Everywhere,” but features a chorus that sounds very much like Faithless’ “Insomnia” and a breakdown that recalls stuff like Skrillex.

    There’s the futuristic, military whomp of the title track (which gets an assist from Jay-Z, who drops bons mots like “I sell out arenas/ I call that getting dome!”); the Stargate-helmed, XX-sampling “Drunk on Love”; and the rattling raunch of interlude “Birthday Cake,” and, perhaps most notably, the oddball, organic machinations of “Cockiness,” a classic Bangladesh track that stitches together vocal whoops, cracking drums and bawling horns and features what might possibly be the year’s best (or silliest) come-on line, when Rihanna coos, “Suck my cockiness/ Lick my persuasion” (it’s either that or Gaga’s “I want your whiskey mouth/ All over my blond south”).

    Of course, all those production flashes would be empty if RiRi didn’t match them every step of the way. There’s the do-it-on-the-décor lyrics of “Watch n’ Learn,” the soaring chorus she works herself up to on “We All Want Love,” and her genuinely stirring work on album-closing ballad “Farewell,” which may be her finest bit of on-album singing to date. She’s got attitude and altitude and even a little bit of verisimilitude too — all of which are necessary components of why Talk That Talk works so incredibly well.

    And sure, the back end may be a bit slow, but you can certainly say that about most pop albums, can’t you? The point is, it takes a truly bad b**** to pull off an album this bodacious — regardless of genre — and on Talk That Talk, Rihanna proves that she just might be the baddest b**** of them all.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:51 am
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    Tell me what other chick can stop rihanna

    *WAITS*

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:51 am
    ~BirthdayCake~ says:
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    Cockiness and Birthday Cake are my favorite!!! xD

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:52 am
    KYLE says:
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    @KERRY JOHNSON
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    GODNEY CAN STOP RIHANNA..LOL!

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:54 am
    anthony says:
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    @kerry johnson .maryj f****** blige thats who

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:55 am
    KERRON says:
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    KYLE
    November 11, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Oh uh….someone was listening LOL…its ok let me fell you in

    SAM “THE SMELLY c***” Begged to go to Rihanna’s listening party….like a true STAN

    What is very funny though is the way he acts like if he wasnt clapping his ass to every track on the album

    THAT fool have kelly’s album a 3.5/5 and then has the nerve to give TTT 3/5 everyone that preview that album had nothing but good things to say but you its SAM so….

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:55 am
    RIHNATION says:
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    @ KYLE ARE YOU KIDDING ME? LMAOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT h** HAS NO IDEA WHERE SHE’S AT OR WHO SHE IS MOST OF THE TIME! GO SIT YOUR LAME ASS IN THE CORNER SOMEWHERE FOR THAT SH*T!!!!

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:56 am
    Imgunnacheckuboo says:
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    I’ll give it a listen and let you know where it is you are wrong Sam.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:56 am
    Tru Voice says:
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    Great review! I think Sam was very fair. We shall see soon for ourselves.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:56 am
    Kyle says:
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    I consider myself a Rihanna fan and I will be buying this, but I am certainly not blinded by the fact that she has it wayyyy too easy. People just write songs for her, give her a good beat and she has a #1 hit. She’s one lucky girl with an amazing ‘dream team’ pushing her every inch of the way. Then again, I would do the same thing as her and milk it for all it’s worth. You only live life once. I’m not impressed with the second single “You Da One” because it sounds like everything she’s done before when she first started in ’05 but other snippets I heard yesterday sounded pretty good. I liked the songs that sort of resembled the gritty, darker tone of “Rated R,” my favorite album from her.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:59 am
    MoMo84 says:
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    LMAO she is still turning you guys down for that interview isn’t she tsk tsk tsk……………………….. Be happy that you guys were able to book the Braxtons and get off RiRi’s life, and music.

    The people who you say are critically acclaimed the best in blah blah blah aren’t what they appear. We have a young black girl doing more than most musically from video’s cd’s music and all you do is hate. They should call this site “That Hate On U dot Net”

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:59 am
    KYLE says:
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    LMAO!!

    I LOVE HOW THE FEW TIMES I COMMENT….PPL GET ALL HYPE & EXCITED!!

    AND I SEE MY POSER IS BACK PRETENDING 2 BE ME..LOL!!

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    At the University of pop music college

    Rihanna: Class I am Robyn Rihanna Fenty and I will be your teacher for today, Madonna is sick and I am the only Goddess with legendary statues to teach this class :)

    *Students*

    Beyonce
    Adele
    Lady Gaga
    Katy Perry
    Jennifer Lopez
    Christina Aguilera
    Pink
    Avril
    Ke$ha
    Keri hilson
    Ciara
    Ashanti
    Nicki minaj

    Rihanna:Now class tell me who’s slayimg the charts this year

    *Beyonce raise her hand*

    Rihanna:AHH Yes B, Go ahead

    Beyonce: Its you Goddesss Rihanna

    Rihanna: Correct b****!!!!

    Rihanna:Now class tell me who has the most #1 hits this decade

    *Ciara* raises hand

    Rihanna: Go ahead Cici

    Ciara: It’s You Goddess Rihanna

    Rihanna: correct b****

    Adele: Umm Teacher

    Rihanna: Yes babe

    Adele: Isn’t it time for lunch

    Rihanna: why yes it is, but only ppl that i like can go. Everyone can go execpt Ciara, Gaga, and Beyonce.

    *Lunch bell rings*

    Rihanna: Now you three b****** are in trouble

    *Rihanna slaps ruler down the desk*

    Lady Gaga: Why Rihanna,

    Rihanna: Shut up b****

    Part 2 of the story coming soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm
    BC says:
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    from what ive herd of it. it better than Laod but still no rated R.
    i want riahnna 2 cloaberate with a real duuty wine, dance-hall artist.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:01 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    @KYLE

    LOL :)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:03 pm
    BC says:
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    guess thats why there r still no passengers on beyonce plane.
    Gaga and Adele were riding it once but Beyonce was still the pilot

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:09 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    Kiss my swagg

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:21 pm
    NATALIE (RIHANNA NAVY GIRL FOR LIFE) says:
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    Lol @ TGJ do you think with your biasness and shading that your review has any credibility or truth. PUH-LEASE. Can’t wait to get TTT.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:22 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    Rihanna: Now girls, the reason why i holded you from lunch was because you my test i gave this morning about s**. Beyonce you made a 40, ciara you made a 55, and Gaga lol girl you made a 10 :(.

    Beyonce: Sorry teacher i dont have s** often, mainly beacuse im startin realize i married a camel.

    Ciara: Well for me im just dating my music, i can’t afford to flop again :(

    Lady Gaga:For me s***, well I cant find a man cause I am one.

    Rihanna: well imma give you one more time, come to school early tomorrow so you can retake it.

    *Beyoce,Ciara,Gaga – YES MAM!!!!!!

    Rihanna: now you three b****** can go to lunch

    Lady Gaga: i’m worried about adele thou, she shouldnt eat that much

    Rihanna: Oh damn, why did i let her go to lunch DAMMIT

    *Rihanna flips bangs*

    Rihanna: Well what ya’ll waiting on get out

    *Rihanna kicks Gaga’s beyonce’s and ciara’s asses out the classroom :)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:27 pm
    Danya'e says:
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    Ppl an album review is that persons PERSONAL opinion..their own ideas. No matter what they say its ur job to listen and still come up with your opinion. So stop getting so offended. If someone doesnt like who you like or share your ideas=not a hater! :)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:28 pm
    NANA YAW says:
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    @KYLE Sam was at a listening party so he heard every track on the album

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:29 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    Kiss my flat ass

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm
    kimberly says:
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    I don’t understand why you guys are always mad at tjg. He just says what a lot of people don’t seem to get out. He went to the listening party and gave a fair review. some good some wasn’t impressive.
    In my opinion and what i have heard is satisfying due to the fact that she caters for teenagers and younger folk who know nothing much about music. It’s a pass but when you judge based on her 6 yr experience, her vocal improvement, her lyrics, it is s***. That is why she cannot be classed in any category of great singer, great vocalist, great entertainer. she is staying in her niche and that is it. eventually she will mature out of her rebellious attitude, her try hard attitude. lost of people have seen it.
    This album is not as good as loud and as VH1 stated this is the sluttiest album in music history and trust this is not a good thing.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:32 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    @KIMBERLY

    Where my kiss at ???????

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:33 pm
    honeydip says:
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    FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @HONEY_DIP I FOLLOW BACK!

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:33 pm
    KERRON says:
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    Stop lying vh1 never said that it was the slutiest album and you are not talking about how great the said the album was

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:34 pm
    honeydip says:
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    FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @HONEY_DIP11 I FOLLOW BACK!
    FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @HONEY_DIP11 I FOLLOW BACK!

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:35 pm
    JohnVidal says:
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    @RIHNATION
    Are you serious? Have you ever heard music different from Rihanna´s? Are you deaf? How old are you?
    Questions that come to mind after reading your nonsense

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:36 pm
    King Z says:
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    you people are crazy. sam worships the air kelly rowland farts in and gave her a 3.5 on his review of his album. so if he gives rihanna, a chick he seemingly hates to death, a 3…trust me. its about as fair as its probably gonna get. lol. it probably killed him to push the number 3 on his keyboard

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:38 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    I’m horny

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm
    riffraff says:
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    I would expect nothing more from a rushed album. I like the Stargate produced tracks (i.e. Drunk On Love), those sounded fairly good, but the whole album as a whole didn’t really capture me.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:50 pm
    KERRON says:
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    KING Z
    November 11, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    you people are crazy. sam worships the air kelly rowland farts in and gave her a 3.5 on his review of his album. so if he gives rihanna, a chick he seemingly hates to death, a 3…trust me. its about as fair as its probably gonna get. lol. it probably killed him to push the number 3 on his keyboard
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    That is one way of looking at it and i could see your point but also i think it is totally possible that the album was bananaz and Sam jus couldnt let Rih go and rave reviews without raining on her parade but we will see when the albums drops

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:54 pm
    VA STAND UP!! says:
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    Well, we all know TGJ is biased as hell and usually throw Rihanna up under a dozen buses, but I do think this was a honest review! Rih stans won’t be honest with themsleves but they know this isn’t her best body of work. It is full of a bunch of leftovers from “Loud’. The lyrics are basic, her vocals are basic and the songs are forgettable. She just rushed an album to get a bunch of throw a way hits. It’s obvious…..

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    The Rating of Truths

    Lady Gaga Born This way – 2.5/5

    Katy perry Teenage Dream – 3.5/5

    Rihanna Loud – 5/5

    Brtiney Spears Femme Fatale – 3.5/5

    Jennifer lopez Love – 4/5

    Beyonce 4 – 3.5/5

    Rihanna Talk that Talk – 5/5

    Ke$ha Cannibal – 4/5

    Adele 21 – 3.5/5

    Keri hilson No Boys Allowed – 3.2/5

    Ciara Basic Instinct – 3.7/5

    The End :)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm
    VA STAND UP!! says:
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    King Z
    November 11, 2011 at 12:36 pm
    you people are crazy. sam worships the air kelly rowland farts in and gave her a 3.5 on his review of his album. so if he gives rihanna, a chick he seemingly hates to death, a 3…trust me. its about as fair as its probably gonna get. lol. it probably killed him to push the number 3 on his keyboard

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    Agreed!

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:56 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    @VA STAND UP

    You still talking huh??????
    You need to get laid more often :(
    Geesshh

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm
    VA STAND UP!! says:
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    In My Honest Opinion
    November 11, 2011 at 11:43 am
    I love Rihanna but I am not impressed. Her sound is nothing different from everything else out there. No risks, no creativeness… I’m TIRED of hearing about s**, being a bad ass and the IDGAF attitude. & whats worse is, my peers are going to eat this music up and believe it to be something when its really just worthless recycled material thats been done over and over and over and……

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    FINALLY an honest fan!

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:59 pm
    BABYCAKEZ says:
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    NOW YOU KNOW!!! IF SAM GAVE THE ALBUM A 3/5 ITS DEFF 5/5!!! OKAY IM SOUPED NOW!!!

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  • November 11, 2011 at 12:59 pm
    VA STAND UP!! says:
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    Kerry Johnson
    November 11, 211 at 12:56 pm
    @VA STAND UP

    You still talking huh??????
    You need to get laid more often
    Geesshh

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    Maybe you should crawl out of my ass and check back into the psych ward where you belong! I don’t have time for annoying queens!

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  • November 11, 2011 at 1:02 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    @VA STAND UP

    I’m a King, and the only queen I see is you :(
    You always contradicting yourself it’s pretty pathetic, but then again this is YOU!!!!!
    so im not surprise either

    Go outside somewhere and leave this post to the grown ups :)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 1:02 pm
    RIHNATION says:
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    @ Johndival…. Boo, don’t do it… I hear very well, and am of age, and listen to different genres of music from different artist. Rihanna happens to be one of the most versatile artist out of her contemporaries. She can basically sing anything from r&b, pop, hip hop, rock, reggae, etc. She’s a very smart girl that knows what she wants and can smell a hit a mile away. She never claimed to be a great singer, but she makes fun music that stays true to her, and obviously million of people love it, and the hates can’t take it. All this success at 23. Keep doing you RihRih!

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  • November 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    DUMD PYSCHO LOVERS like Johnvidal and VA STAND UP desreve each others.
    Notice how they on a Rihanna post stating in what in there delusional minds facts about rihanna. It’s pathetic :(

    I can only pray for these two lovers :)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 1:30 pm
    gdboyratedloud says:
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    ignore that breezy stan. been mad since grafitti flopped. girl byeeeeeeee.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 1:31 pm
    The G-List Society says:
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    It is sooooooooooo interesting how TGJ say almost daily that Rihanna does not deserve her success because she is putting “fast food music” with “mediocre vocals.”

    If Rihanna does not deserve the recognition, why does Rihanna get far more publicity here than the divas they “stan” for – including Beyonce, Keri Hilson, Kelly Rowland and Ciara?

    Let’s be REALLY honest here. I am CERTAIN that outside of Rihanna fansites, TGJ posts more frequent articles about Rihanna than any other pop culture website or – in this case of the Rihanna-bashng – tabloid just to get her “Rihanny Navy stans” to defend her.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 1:50 pm
    DamnShame says:
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    YOU ALWAYS BASH RIH..ON THIS SITE…IM GLAD I NEVER VISIT THIS SITE DAILY, AND I KNOW THAT EVERYTHING THAT RIHANNA PUT OUT YA’LL WILL BASH. BUT THAT JUST GOES HOW JEALOUS SOME PEOPLE CAN BE…LET HER ENJOY HER SUCCESS. HE PROBABLY GAVE CIARA’S ALBUM 5/5 STARS.TBH

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  • November 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm
    JER says:
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    shade thru and thru

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  • November 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm
    Tryna Be Real says:
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    i think that was fair as fair can be. I’m not a fan of hers but I respect her grind but let’s be real here we all have seen this time and time again. First single blantant pop record, second single a more urban focused sound, third single a controversial song…very predictable. This is my problem with her, she could be soo much better than she chooses to be. why do think so many ppl like Rated R…because it was a lot more artistic than she had ever been. when you don’t have a huge vocal ability you should make up for it by doing something great that others suck at.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 2:04 pm
    AITRIZ1989 says:
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    OMG new video Katy Perry – “The One That Got Away” – http://3xtras.net/2011/11/nuevo-video-de-katy-perry-the-one-that-got-away/

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  • November 11, 2011 at 2:13 pm
    TeamBreezy says:
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    I will say it NOW:

    Rihanna will have the #1 Album and #1 single in the US at the same time come Nov 21st ..

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  • November 11, 2011 at 2:18 pm
    Yellow Gorillah says:
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    3 From TGJ Means it’s a 4.5 in the real world
    :D

    The album will do amazingly and time will tell how good it is when the world takes it to #1

    |TALK THAT TALK|

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  • November 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    Kiss Me Folks :)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm
    CREEPY GAGA. says:
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    The snippets seemed decent,and I had a feeling there was going to be reggae on the album.

    Anyways,I see y’all are giving sam the side eye but I think Sam is saying the album is OK (because LAWD knows the way Sam is with Rihanna is the same way @s*** is with My fave)

    Anyway,It will only be a matter of time before the two delusional Rihanna stans (You know who you are) Pink diamond Monkey come in here to eff it up.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    @CREEPY GAGA

    Kiss me babe :)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 2:31 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    Shake shake shake
    shake shake shake
    shake that boote’ lol

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  • November 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm
    DJ TAJ says:
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    I’m surprised they would even invite you considering how much s*** you talk about Rihanna. So with your biased anti-Rihanna 3/5 rating, I’m guessing it’s an AMAZING album. And from what I’ve heard, sounds like a more solid album than Beyonce & Gaga’s last efforts…

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  • November 11, 2011 at 2:37 pm
    CREEPY GAGA. says:
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    @Kerry

    Do you know who this is?????

    BTW i wasn’t referring to you :?

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  • November 11, 2011 at 2:42 pm
    ChristinasCOMING says:
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    I like them all except where have you been and WFL.

    A happily married version of Rated R

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  • November 11, 2011 at 2:42 pm
    LTM says:
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    from what I heard the album slays. expect it to debut at #1

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  • November 11, 2011 at 2:45 pm
    LTM says:
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    In other news Katy debuted the epic video for The One That Got Away. Chop chop Sam, get on it ;)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 2:48 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    @CREEPY GAGA

    Well who are you :)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 3:15 pm
    JohnVidal says:
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    @RIHNATION
    Sorry you don´t fool anybody kid!
    Rihanna is not clever, her team is. Rihanna doesn´t make fun music, she just doesn´t make her music. Considering she can´t sing either (lmao at you saying she is very versatile), what have we left?
    She looks good

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  • November 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm
    jamir21 says:
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    @ Johnvidal

    You are so PRESSED its SAD ! :)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 3:17 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    @JOHNVIDAL

    Your fav cant either so whats your point q**** !!!!!!

    Rihanna>>>>>>>>>>>Your first child

    The End :)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 3:23 pm
    David says:
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    This album is trash……..left overs…….

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  • November 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm
    Josh says:
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    Kerry Johnson
    November 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm
    At the University of pop music college

    Rihanna: Class I am Robyn Rihanna Fenty and I will be your teacher for today, Madonna is sick and I am the only Goddess with legendary statues to teach this class

    *Students*

    Beyonce
    Adele
    Lady Gaga
    Katy Perry
    Jennifer Lopez
    Christina Aguilera
    Pink
    Avril
    Ke$ha
    Keri hilson
    Ciara
    Ashanti
    Nicki minaj

    Rihanna:Now class tell me who’s slayimg the charts this year

    *Beyonce raise her hand*

    Rihanna:AHH Yes B, Go ahead

    Beyonce: Its you Goddesss Rihanna

    Rihanna: Correct b****!!!!

    Rihanna:Now class tell me who has the most #1 hits this decade

    *Ciara* raises hand

    Rihanna: Go ahead Cici

    Ciara: It’s You Goddess Rihanna

    Rihanna: correct b****

    Adele: Umm Teacher

    Rihanna: Yes babe

    Adele: Isn’t it time for lunch

    Rihanna: why yes it is, but only ppl that i like can go. Everyone can go execpt Ciara, Gaga, and Beyonce.

    *Lunch bell rings*

    Rihanna: Now you three b****** are in trouble

    *Rihanna slaps ruler down the desk*

    Lady Gaga: Why Rihanna,

    Rihanna: Shut up b****

    Part 2 of the story coming soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Grow up.
    No body wants to read part two.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 3:26 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    @DAVID

    Touch your soft spot, and burn your d*** off

    Rihanna>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Your career :)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 3:26 pm
    ThankMeLater says:
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    All the songs sound the same. she showed no growth and the album sounded rushed. I agree with Sam. The navy are lying to themselves saying its a 5/5 yeah in your dreams.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 3:28 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    @JOSH

    BITE ME :)

    Whatever I say goes Asswipe :)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 3:28 pm
    Josh says:
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    Check this out ;)
    OTIS

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  • November 11, 2011 at 3:30 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    @THANKMELATER

    #SITDOWN

    Rihanna>>>>>>>>Your Fav’s career :)

    Dont worry about rihanna, worry about why your ass havent got laid yet

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  • November 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm
    JohnVidal says:
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    It´s funny saying truths and see how kids react to them lol (slow kids of course)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    @JOHNVIDAL

    LOL you think your tough huh
    You gangsta huh

    #SITYOURWEAKASSDOWN

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  • November 11, 2011 at 3:55 pm
    Onyx says:
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    @Kerry Johnson
    Adele’s part was hilarious.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 3:59 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    @ONYX

    LOL thanx :)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 4:02 pm
    Robier says:
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    ——————————>

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  • November 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm
    OCEAN says:
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    I’m Surprised He Gave It A 3 (which means it has to be good, considering his feeling towards Rih)

    MTV (they don’t praise her all the time) Had Nothing But Love For The Album…So Did VH1, And Mostly All The Other Outlets That Went To Her Listening Parties.

    Most Importantly I Actually Like The Sound Of This Album Far Better Than “Loud”…The Only Song That Screams Filler Is “Watch & Learn” (IMO), And It Still Isn’t That Bad.

    The One Song I Agree With Sam About Is “We All Want Love” That Is A Genre She Should Definitely Consider Doing More Of…The Snippet Gave Me So Much Life! :)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 4:07 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    @ROBIER

    your d*** is not that long now come on homie :)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 4:08 pm
    VA STAND UP!! says:
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    Kerry Johnson
    November 11, 2011 at 1:02 pm
    @VA STAND UP

    I’m a King, and the only queen I see is you
    You always contradicting yourself it’s pretty pathetic, but then again this is YOU!!!!!
    so im not surprise either

    Go outside somewhere and leave this post to the grown ups

    ——————————————————————————

    I am always contradicting myself?!?! Are you f****** kidding?!?! All you do is rant and rave about Rihanna and you say some of the dumbest most ignorant s*** on here! Any so called ‘man’ that is that obsessed with a female is a GAY ASS Queen!! POINT BLANK PERIOD!! That is what you are now #DEAL!!

    Why don’t you go came out at Rihtard Daily and leave the blog for the sane people who can actually formulate a f****** sentence properly!

    FYI: I was at work on my lunch break! I actually have a career! I have actually graduate and made something of my life! You’re the one who acts like a 12 year old PRESSED QUEEN who doesn’t get enough attention at home so you come to blogs to get attention!

    Your ignorant ass is probably still in HS and you CLEARLY aren’t making use of that free education! I feel sorry for your parents! They must be ashamed they gave birth to your pathetic ass!

    Grow the hell up!!

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  • November 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm
    drfenty says:
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    death @ kerry johnson getting the haters together :lol:

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  • November 11, 2011 at 4:18 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    @VA STAND UP

    LMAO!!!!!!!!!
    Stop lying your triflin ass is in middle school in the bathroom stalls texting :)
    It’s normal for a male to be osessed with a female cause we wanna f*** them dumbass.
    SIT YOUR ASS DOWN BEFORE I TAKE OUT MY CREDIT CARD AND SWIPE BETWEEN THE CRACK OF YOUR ASS!!.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm
    CREEPY GAGA. says:
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    @Kerry

    YOU KNOW WHO I AM……….

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  • November 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    @CREEPY GAGA

    ISTANN4GAGA ????

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  • November 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm
    MadonnaLover says:
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    I am seriously doubting buying this album. I’m surprised sam gave such an honest review though.

    When it leaks, I’ll download it, listen, and see if I should buy it.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 4:34 pm
    Josh says:
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    Kerry, id like to bite you.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm
    DIONFATALEI says:
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    I really have a HARD time believing he got an exclusive listen to TTT, Like, Just Jared yea…. Sam, NO.

    …but whatever.

    Bring on Nov 21!!! Cant wait to here this album, Its been getting SOOO many good reviews, Couldnt even believe MTV called it the best of the year, being better then Born This Way (Believable, That album is trash) & Femme Fatale (I dont Know about that). I will have to wait and here before I make my judgment although IMO Femme Fatale is the BEST Pop album of the last two years.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    @JOSH

    Well bite down Hard :)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 4:41 pm
    DIONFATALEI says:
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    ….And I HATE when people say ‘Oh IDK, Im going to listen the album first, I might not buy it” Blah Blah Blah!!

    Nobody f***** cares, either your going to buy the album or not. Personally, If I want to listen to an album I’ll buy it whether physically or from iTunes, No matter who it is because im a fan of music, and I believe in purchasing music.

    But yea, Like Seriously SHUT UP. If you dont wanna buy it dont, Whats with the contemplating? Get Over Yourself.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 4:43 pm
    DTG says:
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    Kerry Johnson, it’s obvious that you are gay…but are you gonna get like a s** change operation or something? Because you act like a girl. Your parents (if you know them) must be mortified.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 4:46 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    @DTG

    And its obvious you ride my d*** 24/7, so whats your point exactly :)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm
    David says:
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    I am one of Rihana Biggest fans, but unlike some of these homosexuals…I am not going to stand behind her on music that are just left overs….Really….give me a break……..”We FOund Love” and “Cockiness” are the only two stand out tracks on this album….Even Jay Z verse was weak as hell on “Talk that Talk”…………….

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  • November 11, 2011 at 5:02 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    GOOD LORD Rihanna is beautiful

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  • November 11, 2011 at 5:16 pm
    Josh says:
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    Okay, if you like it like that Kerry Johnson.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 5:45 pm
    CREEPY GAGA. says:
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    YHUP @Kerry

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  • November 11, 2011 at 5:58 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    @JOSH

    LOL

    @CREEPY GAGA

    LOL OH :)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm
    Josh says:
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    :)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 6:20 pm
    Kerry Johnson says:
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    @JOSH

    :)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 6:37 pm
    bey'knight says:
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    lmao i lol-ed when @RHINATION said rihanna can sing anything…… doesnt she have to be able to SING in the 1st place, i guess using autotune counts as singing yeah? she’s from the Islands, if she cant do raggae then chile i dunno who can

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  • November 11, 2011 at 6:44 pm
    bey'knight says:
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    chile mtv never said its the best of the year. they said arguably best pop album this year

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  • November 11, 2011 at 6:53 pm
    lol says:
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    ok i lovee the album review, yall werent biased

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  • November 11, 2011 at 6:59 pm
    xtinacoming2010 says:
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    Um best pop album still is bionic album that is fun, but also has some meaningful songs with meaningful lyrics…born this way and talk the talk and loud are crappy albums. Oh and madonnas hardy candy album is way better then this lady gagas and rihannas and katy perrys albums theyve released recently even i can admit the fame was okay album…why is rihanna all of a sudden trying to be like xtina naming her songs birthday cake and s***. didn’t xtina have a song called morning breakfast or dessert..

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  • November 11, 2011 at 7:52 pm
    iSimplyDGAF says:
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    idk what to make of this review???

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  • November 11, 2011 at 7:55 pm
    iSimplyDGAF says:
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    shut up@! TGJ has now installed an edit tool, so you can fix typos! woot woot! *singing* partnah lemme upgrade youuuuu

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  • November 11, 2011 at 9:07 pm
    JJFan1814 says:
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    ONLY REVIEW THAT MATTERS

    ROLLINGSTONE PRETTY MUCH!!!

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  • November 11, 2011 at 9:08 pm
    Music=Life says:
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    lol…Rihanna will never be great because her fans are too blind… She continues to make garb.. i mean music like this because her delusional fans think she makes the best music of all time and that is all that matters to her :)

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  • November 11, 2011 at 9:09 pm
    ChristinasCOMING says:
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    @ Xtina Coming

    I did notice that too! It’s called s** for Breakfast. Ciara had a similar song on Basic Instinct too called Wants for Dinner, now Rihanna has Birthday Cake.

    Now Rihanna stans I’m not saying anything bad about Rihanna having a song called Birthday Cake just pointing out what Xtina Coming said.

    But what they don’t know Xtina Coming, is that nobody can do it like Xtina can when it comes to sexually explicit lyrics and songs.

    *All the boys think it’s cake when they taste mine, you don’t even need a plate just use your face! Licky licky yum yum what a great guy!”*

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  • November 11, 2011 at 9:17 pm
    NyNavy says:
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    I appreciate this review from sam and @BEY’KNIGHT Rihanna Can Sing Anything Good Girl Gone Bad Was An Example Of That She Had A Bunch Of Different Genres Of Music But Honestly I Cant Wait For Talk That Talk

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  • November 11, 2011 at 9:21 pm
    shane says:
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    I dont get why people keep saying she doesnt have talent.

    If she didnt have talent no matter how much audio editing they do for her in the studio it wouldnt make the cut.
    Cassie is pretty and yet she doesnt slay s***, so can we get over her being successful due to just image. she a bad b**** and when you underscore ones accomplishments to feel self sufficient at the end of the day it doesnt make you a better person. To belittle is to be little fake jelous f****.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 9:24 pm
    shane says:
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    Most of these haters say her fans dont know real music. The quality of music varies between audience and is therefore subjective.

    If ihate some one i wont spend time wasting argueing and stalking there every post, you words equate to zero. Meaningless she styll gets paid

    Thas Y. U. Mad?
    #jellousy is A b**** aint it?

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  • November 11, 2011 at 9:25 pm
    Cween C says:
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    Cassie >>>>> Rihanna >>>>> Mariah >>>>> Kelly Rowland

    sorry but it’s the truth

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  • November 11, 2011 at 9:44 pm
    nicegirl says:
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    From what I heard from the preview it sounded awful. I’m surprised TGJ gave the album a 3/5. I wanted to hear more mature music from Rihanna, but she continues to get more childish as she releases more albums.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 9:54 pm
    jamir21: The SLAYER of PRESSED b****** says:
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    @ Nicegirl

    I agree…!

    Hopefully on her 7th studio album she creates more 4-ISH type of music !

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  • November 11, 2011 at 10:33 pm
    NyNavy says:
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    @jamir she already did that with rated r thats one thing i like about rihanna she always gives you what her mood is at the time and thats another way i feel shes in control of her carreer cuz she chooses what to record and the way the album will go since gggb but i think shes gonna take a break the tour will be extended come back to the us with a complete diffrent set list and hit europe again

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  • November 11, 2011 at 10:50 pm
    s*** (U MAD?) says:
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    But doesnt Sam gives almost ALLLL Albums a 3? :?

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  • November 11, 2011 at 10:57 pm
    s*** (U MAD?) says:
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    Out of what I previewed it is even more GENERIC (Repetitive, Rushed & Mediocre) than Loud. Only songs I see being good are COCKINESS & TALK THAT TALK. But watch the FANS & CRITICS give it good reviews anyway. Never fails. :?

    All Her albums are AVERAGE with the exception of Rated R.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:25 pm
    LTM says:
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    @s***
    you think GGGB was average?

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:28 pm
    A says:
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    New BRANDY & SEAN GARRETT Ustream!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/18462380

    they just played a real snippet of a new song!!!!!!!!!

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:37 pm
    s*** (U MAD?) says:
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    @LTM

    YES Gggb was AVG! :)

    Contained a FEW Great songs, Some BUBBLEGUM & then some FILLER. :?

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:37 pm
    s*** (U MAD?) says:
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    & 4UCK THESE JUVENILE RIHANNA STANS THAT DONT KNOW s*** ABOUT REAL MUSIC. Rihanna is Literally doing NOTHING Special so STFU & STFD.

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  • November 11, 2011 at 11:48 pm
    s*** (U MAD?) says:
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    VA STAND UP!!
    November 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    In My Honest Opinion
    November 11, 2011 at 11:43 am
    I love Rihanna but I am not impressed. Her sound is nothing different from everything else out there. No risks, no creativeness… I’m TIRED of hearing about s**, being a bad ass and the IDGAF attitude. & whats worse is, my peers are going to eat this music up and believe it to be something when its really just worthless recycled material thats been done over and over and over and……

    ——————————————————————————

    Ah, Heres a REAL fan keeping it 100! :)

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  • November 12, 2011 at 12:53 am
    Teacher says:
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    shane
    November 11, 2011 at 9:21 pm
    I dont get why people keep saying she doesnt have talent.

    If she didnt have talent no matter how much audio editing they do for her in the studio it wouldnt make the cut.
    Cassie is pretty and yet she doesnt slay s***, so can we get over her being successful due to just image. she a bad b**** and when you underscore ones accomplishments to feel self sufficient at the end of the day it doesnt make you a better person. To belittle is to be little fake jelous f****.
    _________________________

    This^^^!!!!!

    AND:
    shane
    November 11, 2011 at 9:24 pm
    Most of these haters say her fans dont know real music. The quality of music varies between audience and is therefore subjective.

    If ihate some one i wont spend time wasting argueing and stalking there every post, you words equate to zero. Meaningless she styll gets paid

    Thas Y. U. Mad?
    #jellousy is A b**** aint it?
    ________________

    THIS^^^^!!!!!…….PREACH!!!!!!!

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  • November 12, 2011 at 3:26 am
    jarrettgoer says:
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    i am a rihanna fan, luv her music, but this album is a huge step from loud, much better, i can sense it has a rated r feel to it!! however, the album seems to be empty and redunadant, just the same thing over and over again, i luve rihanna and wish her well, but some of her music has no substance what so ever, mary j’;s record is so much better in my view!!

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  • November 12, 2011 at 5:04 am
    Carl Neufville says:
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    I heard the leak, it was garbage.

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  • November 12, 2011 at 5:06 am
    Chicka says:
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    http://www.mediafire.com/?f03qh0p4aexgc

    Instead of review, how bout you listen to the album for yourself and then weigh in with what you think ;)

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  • November 12, 2011 at 5:54 am
    Juel says:
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    @Sam, your saying Rihanna has done what it has taken others over a decade to do, but she has release almost 20 years worth of albums in less than seven years. If Rihanna was releasing albums every two or three years like every other popstar where would she be right now? No where, she knows that, and her management team knows that. That’s the reason why she will never take a break. She doing twice as much to compete, by releasing albums every year, and trying to be on a track with every hot rapper and singer. Katy Perry is on her second album, and is featured on nobody track,and she’s on her sixth or seventh #1. Lady Gaga second album, and has six #1‘s. Compare that to Rihanna whose on her sixth album in less than seven years. She doesn’t even make as much as the other popstars. With back to back album and tours she should be making just as much or more money. It makes you wonder where all that money goes, since she’s selling singles. I guess payola work, but it’s definately hitting her pockets to the point that she’s not making what others are making. She work’s twice as hard as everybody else, because she knows if she take a year off she would be forgotten. Queen, please. A queen doesn’t have to release albums, back to back, or tour every year to make to compete with others. She doesn’t have to use gimmicks, because her performances will speak for themselves. It seems the only thing that selling is her singles, well LOUD sold well, but her tour tickets in most US cities had to be discounted according to ticket masters. Her last tour Flopped, Her perfume isn’t on the top selling fragrance list, she sold less than 22 million with five albums, her book went no where, and she’s not even close to the top of Forbes list, of top earning performers. She’s only known for her singles, nothing else.

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  • November 12, 2011 at 5:54 am
    FazeyFierce says:
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    Rihanna’s NEW ALBUM HERE!!!! http://www.mediafire.com/?f03qh0p4aexgc

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  • November 12, 2011 at 6:25 am
    THE ICONIC LACEFRONCE. says:

  • November 12, 2011 at 6:53 am
    MCsavedmylife says:
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    I thought it was a fair review. He liked some tracks, and didn’t like some tracks. You don’t have to like every single song! But what I thought was interesting how he pointed out how some of the songs sounded similar to her previous ones (‘Rude Boy’ I think was mentioned more than once), which tells me that she’s hit a wall now and using her previous songs to recycle again to move forward.

    Honestly? From what I’ve read, the music on this album is nothing different to what what is already being played on the radio. She has taken no risks, there is nothing fresh on this album. Adele won’t need to release another album for a while because ’21′ was so popular, why? Because it was different. It was something fresh, and it contained something that people hadn’t heard for a while: somebody actually singing with their voice, along with deep lyrics that actually meant something and not going on about s**, attitude, losing clothes or whatever.

    It’s funny, some of the artists that have been bashed here (Beyonce and Lady Gaga) are is such a different league to Rihanna, why? Because they’re involved with their music, they don’t just sing and let the producers do all their work. They actually earn money from their own songs by producing, writing,co-writing etc. whilst Rihanna doesn’t. They experiment with their music to try and be a little bit more different and stand out. Rihanna doesn’t, she just goes with what’s popular.

    It will be very interesting to see where this album will be in a 6 months time.

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  • November 12, 2011 at 7:26 am
    Qwerty says:
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    Such a bad review… fine, it’s well written, but I can’t believe you actually thought these things! Um, the title track is beyond boring. There is no real sass or attitude, I didn’t find it at all interesting. Actually, Cockiness and Birthday Cake are WAAAY more interesting. And you didn’t even bring up Watch N Learn, which embodies basically all the best aspects of Rihanna, lyrically and musically. And when you really think about it, there are basically no bad tracks, and it has many stand outs (Drunk On Love, Watch N Learn, You Da One, We Found Love), a 3/5 seems a bit low, no?

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  • November 12, 2011 at 7:33 am
    Dre says:
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    @atmcsavedmylife I will pretend that you didn’t just say what I read. Beyonce’s voice is not versatile enough to venture into the genres that Rihanna covers, that’s why she stays on her lane. She is an over 30 year old and knows her booty shaking, weave blowing and shoulder shakes won’t cut it anymore and tried to somewhat market her mediocre singing skills and FAILED. The shade Sam throws Rih is cute but far from true. The album is easily a 4.6 since he gave it three. Plus, if Rih was only cute face, no talent chic, why Ciara, Kerri and Cassie not chart toppers. That lame argument Rih doesn’t have talent fails too.

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  • November 12, 2011 at 8:05 am
    Rih Needs to Walk That Walk :) says:
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    http://www.mediafire.com/?f03qh0p4aexgc SPREAD THIS EPIC FAIL.#TTT LEAK

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  • November 12, 2011 at 9:24 am
    anna says:
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    there is no depth to her music…she’s got a great team, but put her on her own and then see what happens…..

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  • November 12, 2011 at 10:24 am
    ThankMeLater says:
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    LMFAO HAHA RIHTARD NAVY THE ALBUM LEAKED SUCKERS IMA SPREAD THAT s*** A LOT

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  • November 12, 2011 at 10:58 am
    Mocacinnooo says:
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    That might be his opinion but seriously he gave Kelly Rowlands shitty album more than this?
    This is actually a good album way more better and consistent than that mess of an album LOUD . You Da One , Talk that talk , Roc Me out , Where have you been , Watch’N Learn , Drunk On love and We all want and Farewell are all good songs . The Deluxe songs snippets also sounded really good. I Honestly think this deserves 4/5 but at the end of the day you’re all going to Talk that talk.

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  • November 12, 2011 at 11:46 am
    WHAT. says:
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    i don’t understand. sam you obviously love rihanna , so why are you constantly trashing her! instead of finding a new look to stay in tune with the musical world she’s growing and keeping a steady adjustment. she’s also growing as an artist, talk that talk is by far her most maturest piece. sure it’s dirty but that’s rihanna.

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  • November 12, 2011 at 11:56 am
    BEYONCE IS FADING CHECK BILLBOARD CHARTS. says:
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    SOUNDS BETTER THAN BEYONCES 4 ALBUM AND I’M NOT A RIHANNA STAN BUT SHES A HELL OF A POP STAR VS BEYONCES POP SONGS. RIHANNA IS A BETTER POP STAR THAN BEYONCE HANDS DOWN!

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  • November 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm
    mel says:
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    Talk that Talk is available on your local computer lol, go to twitter and get the trash album hahaha. Ciara is about to knock her off!!!

    @BEYONCE IS FADING CHECK BILLBOARD CHARTS.

    Get out of here with that mess, your “fav” sucks, no stage presence, no vocal talent, can’t dance, need I go on? Album is gonna FLOP HARDER then RATED R.

    FAST FOOD MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Don’t forget to download TALK that TALK. Why pay for talentless trash when you can get it for free? It’s already been downloaded 20,000 times.

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  • November 12, 2011 at 1:59 pm
    THE GREAT LACEFRONCE. says:
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    Album of the year!!!!!

    TTT>>>4closure, Born to Flop & FlopAME

    :-)

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  • November 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm
    CzarM says:
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    Sounds to me like this album ain’t s***. Like they just rushed release a thoughtless collection of cheesy/boring songs just for the sake of putting something new out on the market with this airheads name on it for the Xmas shopping season to milk the brand. ***shrugs***

    Story of her career but she’s gonna eventually crash hard.

    Quite frankly I’m tired of Rihanna. I’m tired of her name…I’m tired of her corny bubble gum music…I’m tired of her bad singing voice…and I’m tired of her big forehead.

    In other words: I won’t be buying this s***.

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  • November 12, 2011 at 7:43 pm
    Onyx says:
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    OMG! this post is still alive.

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  • November 12, 2011 at 8:28 pm
    BitchIcantevenspellwelfare says:
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    lol@ ONYX

    I thought that same thing earlier. Rihanna has been bringing in the hits for TGJ– no doubt!

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  • November 12, 2011 at 9:11 pm
    gotintoririfever18 says:
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    the question is will rihanna defeat mary,nickelback and mj in terms of album sales?

    IN SINGLE = YES!

    IN ALBUM = MEH =.= okay :(

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  • November 12, 2011 at 9:17 pm
    Army Of Queen Bee & Queen /.\aliyah says:
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    This Is A SHAME I Left This FLOP Ass Blog For A While & Sam Is Still Up To His Biased BUFFONERY ! :) ANYWAYS I Do Think This Is Average & I WISH Rihanna Will Improve Those Vocals ! Hmmmm I Might Be Buying The Deluxe Edition But As For The Standard Edition Probably Not

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  • November 12, 2011 at 9:54 pm
    Robier says:
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    Lmao u can tell who lives on the net

    Individuality>>> Conformity

    trendy ——————————->

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  • November 12, 2011 at 10:13 pm
    BitchIcantevenspellwelfare says:
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    I have never purchased a Rihanna album but I have been an accomplice to many a single heist (illegally).

    I, personally, hope that Rihanna will finally get her #1 album so people who make a big deal out of getting an #1 album will finally shut the hell up.

    That being said, there is NOTHING anyone can do to stop “Talk That Talk” from being successful. Once again, just like “Loud,” “Talk That Talk” will be massive in the pop world & I personally love it.

    Like I’ve said many times before, Rihanna is completely harmless. She is very fun. Enjoy her.

    *blasts Madonna’s “Justify My Love.”

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  • November 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm
    DGRATEN8 says:
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    I heard the whole album on YOUTUBE and its not bad, but its not a classic either. Its the type of music Rihanna makes, pop catchy tunes that are fun to listen to if you dont take yourself too seriously.

    TGJ is right that some of the production isnt stellar, sometimes she sounds like she smoked a pack of cigarettes and started singing, and that almost every song has a REPETITIVE chorus. cake cake cake, ti i i i me. we all we all we all…its like they ran out of words in the english language and were forced to use the same ones over and over.

    WE ALL WANT LOVE AND FAREWELL are my favorite tracks and I think she was spot on in making WE FOUND LOVE the lead single…its a standout. I agree that the sound on We all want love is the sound thats refreshing to hear. Lyrically 2/5…fun 3/5 good pop 4/5…singles sale 4/5…im sure she gon have some singles that blaze the chart, but i still dont want to buy the whole album

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  • November 13, 2011 at 6:19 pm
    ali says:
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    ALL THE RIHANNA HATERS HATES HER CAUSE SHE MADE THEM LOVE HER B)

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  • November 14, 2011 at 7:24 am
    Navy4LYF says:
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    Ja Vh1 said its the dirtiest pop record ever

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  • November 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm
    COMMANDEROFTHEDANCEFLOOR says:
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    @MEL,

    ciara couldn’t even knock keri hilson off, bye girl!

    i love the album, which rihanna put in work to make, co writing half of the album. fun, and dirty, definetly mixing her newer style with reggae, and dancehall.

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