Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded
A. Merritt, B. Seals, C. Brown, R. Allen
Following in the glorified footsteps of ‘Don’t Stop the Music’, ‘Disturbia’ succeeds in being the evil twin of one of the greatest dance songs of this decade. With dark lyrics about insanity and breaking vows, Rihanna pulls off an unexpected dance floor anthem (peaking at #4 in the U.S.) with all the ease of a feather floating. It’s good, very good.
U.K. Bonus Track
If you’ve ever heard Britney Spears’s ‘Everytime’, then you’ve heard about half of this U.K. bonus track. Other than the stolen hook, ‘Cry’ succeeds in being better than the illusively bad, ‘Say It’ from the original portions of the album. Lyrically, the reverse of her hit single ‘Unfaithful’.
Take a Bow
M.S. Eriksen; S. Smith; T.E. Hermansen
Although I prefer Leona Lewis’s ‘Take a Bow’, Rihanna’s tune of the same name carries similar feelings with her signature gritty vocals. Perhaps the more memorable parts of the song are her sassy interjections of “Please” and her trademarked plucky runs. While the vocal prowess of Leona Lewis’s version takes potshots at Rihanna’s, it still managed to be a #1 hit in the U.S. while Leona’s latest single sank long before it could swim.
If I Never See Your Face Again
A. Levine; J. Valentine
This Maroon 5 collaboration has all the hallmarks of a hit, sadly it never received the correct promotion, instead flailing around the charts never quite making a splash (peaking at a pitiful #51 in the U.S.). The pairing of Levine’s choir boy vocals and Rihanna’s rock / pop pipes bring a certain degree of spontaneity to the recording. Excellent vocal chemistry exude from the track with a violin / synth pad duo that excites the ears. An excellent song that will go absolutely nowhere.