CD REVIEW! Rihanna - Unapologetic

Rihanna is most probably the hardest working (and hardest partying) woman in pop - seven albums in seven years! Hollow cow! And her latest offering is not bat at all. Actually it's quite good. It grows on you. With producers like David Guetta and Stargate, Unapologetic is a mixed bag of goodies. The first half, melodious vocals sweeten pushy dance club tracks full of abrasively ear catching sound effects and often weirdly off centre beats. The second half switches to ballads, disco, reggae and naff rock for a gob-smacking defence of her confused love for R’n’B star Chris Brown, who notoriously beat her up in 2009. The Mirror noted that Rihanna has "gone for the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach". Describing the album as mixed, they added that it hears her "flipping through more styles than Lady GaGa at a sample sale", and concluded that "she's delivered just enough to keep Brand Rihanna chugging along".