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  • Audio CD (23 Nov. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B002QB1910
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Rated R is the fourth studio album from award-winning artist Rihanna, featuring her first new material since the multi-platinum selling Good Girl Gone Bad in 2007. First single "Russian Roulette" was written and produced by Ne-Yo, whose long track record with Rihanna includes the hits "Unfaithful", "Hate That I Love You" and "Take A Bow". Sharing producer / writer credits on the album are Chase & Status, Stargate, Justin Timberlake, The-Dream, Tricky Stewart and more.

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In every sense, Rihanna is an extraordinary pop star. Still only 21, she has sold 12 million records worldwide, and bagged the longest-running British number one single of the decade with Umbrella – a song with a perfect title for 2007’s rainy summer, which, nevertheless, had an oddly stark and far-reaching sound for its time.

Two years on, her new LP nods towards adult material in its title as she comes of age, and also follows her assault earlier this year by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, the results of which were shown in a horrific leaked photograph, the ghosts of which Rihanna works through here. She sounds bolder and braver as a consequence, pushing her strangeness as a pop star to the next level.

Mad House sets the album’s mood well, beginning like a dubstep track before a male voice cuts through the gloom: “Ladies and gentlemen – to those among you who are easily frightened we suggest you turn away now. To those of you who think they can take it, we say welcome.” Imagine Michael Jackson’s Thriller made terrifyingly modern, with Rihanna’s subsequent invitations – “come on, come on in” – both baiting and seducing her listeners.

As the album jabs and stutters onwards, her Barbadian vowels still conjure up the bluntness of reggae delivery, and continue to give her sound directness and edge. The sounds that surround it are more of a mixed bag, however – fantastic when they are icily futuristic on the dark electronica of G4L and Hard, less so on the Latin-flavoured trance of Te Amo, or Slash’s rock guitar theatrics on Rockstar 101.

Rated R’s lyrics are its calling cards, however, glowering darkly in songs like Fire Bomb, Russian Roulette and Cold Case Love. Many hint towards her relationship with Brown – “what you did to me was a crime”; “I cant wait to see your face when the front windows break”, ”all I’ve got are these photographs” –  but they take them to the heights of grand, sci-fi cinema, with Rihanna turning into a revenge-hunting, firebrand diva. The stronger she sounds, the more it suits her, too.

Rihanna has achieved so much already, and this album suggests she will continue to do so in widescreen, and on her own terms. --Jude Rogers

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Ultimately, Rated R is an absolutely fantastic album with pretty much no fillers. This album has taken Rihanna to stronger and more powerful new heights that I'm sure nobody ever imagined would happen. Can you believe this is the same artist that released "Pon De Replay" and "SOS"?

Rated R is a very personal journal of the events that Rihanna has been through the past year; she experiments with new musical sounds completely, such as on the lead single "Russian Roulette," which is very reminiscent of "Question Existing" from the smash "Good Girl Gone Bad," though much better in quality (not to say the latter wasn't good, which it was!). Though while she investigates new and unheard musical adventures that the public would never come to expect from RiRi, she also keeps it within her boundaries by achieving success with the likes of "Wait Your Turn," which still isn't the generic-sounding same old you hear from most of Rihanna's peers these days. Other songs exploring her new side are the pop-rock/alternative number "Fire Bomb," as well as "Cold Case Love," an epic six minute build-up that is one heck of a song. She also maintains the catchiness of her past music on tracks such as "Rude Boy," which wouldn't go amiss on "Good Girl Gone Bad," and fierce, over the top tracks such as "G4L" bring out the more agressive, angry side in Rihanna, similar to the likes of "Breakin' Dishes," though she takes it up a level here.

There is honestly no filler on this effort, believe me when I say. People need to take this album as it is, instead of complaining about the lack of dance songs, or leave it. It's a shame the sole one-star review on this page has reviewed the album based on a simple case of parental advisory instead of the actual quality, which shows STRONG artistic development and creativity.

All in all, fantastic. Absolutely recommended.
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Brilliant as always.
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Being a fan of metal music mostly, artists in the mainstream don't generally appeal to me, but Rihanna has always had a sort of pulling factor for me. However, I've never bought her albums before - only downloaded selected songs, but upon hearing the first listen of this album, even I was blown away by most of the songs on it.

Yes, it's darker and edgier than her previous work, but that makes no difference as it works alongside Rihanna's stunning vocals. It's definitely an album that's in the same vein as the song "Disturbia", so if you're looking for something along the lines of her "S.O.S" or "Umbrella" songs, then this may not be the album for you.

Album highlights for me include Rockstar 101, Russian Roulette, Fire Bomb, G4L, The Last Song and my personal favourite, Cold Case Love. Definitely one I'll be buying...
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THIS IS TOP DRAWER,IVE ALWAYS LOVED THE ROCK AND INDIE GENRES,BUT WAS DRAWN TO RIHANNA,THROUGH DISTURBIA,AND AFTER HEARING RUSSIAN ROULETTE I WAS HOOKED,SO I TOOK A CHANCE ON RATED R,AND BOY IM GLAD I DID,THIS IS SO DIVERSE AND UNPREDICTABLE.AFTER NUMEROUS LISTENS,IT JUST SCREAMS GREATNESS,A VERY ENRICHING LISTEN.IVE LISTENED SINCE TO SAMPLES FROM HER BACK CATOLOGUE NOT FOR ME IM AFAID, MAYBE IF THE PRICE IS RIGHT ON AMAZON - GOOD GIRL GONE BAD. (which she definatley has)DO YA SELF A FAVOR BUY IT +++++
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Rated R is one of my favourite albums from Rihanna to date. There is perhaps but one or two songs that I don't particularly listen to as much as the others, but other than that, each song contains and emits Rihanna's emotion so well, displaying it with anger and helplessness to the point where we question what Rihanna's mood is? Is it anger, or has she completely given up on love? These questions arise with every listen, and you can't help but feel so connected to the lyrics and the overall ambience of the songs. I must admit, when I first heard it, I did wonder why Rihanna had completely remade herself and her music, but now I don't question it at all. This album is one of a superb achievement that I can not fault it any way except it's only just one album. I want more!

"Russian Roulette" is a powerful and haunting experience when one listens to it, contrasting with the magnificent and teasing "Rude Boy", "Rockstar 101" and "Wait Your Turn", and the helpless love of "Photographs" and "Stupid in Love". My favourite tracks on the album has to be "Te Amo", "Cold Case Love" and "The Last Song", which happens to be the last three tracks on the album: a great build up and left the best songs until last - PERFECT! "Cold Case Love" is the highlight of this album: a long track that builds and builds to phenomenal euphoric feeling that leaves you questioning life, pondering on what is normal and just wanting more.

The fact that most people find this to be her weakest album, I believe is because there are not floor-jamming, butt-kicking, dance-all-night pop tracks that she displays as in "Pon de Replay", "SOS", "Umbrella", "Don't Stop The Music", "Shut up and Drive" in her previous albums.
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This album was penned when Rihanna was going through a hard time in her life and the album reflects that. This is no doubt her deepest album and is vastly different to her others. This album is like marmite- you either love it or hate it. And I for one, love it.

The album begins with an interlude "Mad House." This sets the tone of the album, and is a great interlude. However, I would have loved for it to have been made into a full song.

The next song "wait your turn" is not the best song on the album, but it is solid and is good lyrically. It has quite a dark tone to it, and the chorus is catchy. You may not like it on first listen but it is a grower.

"Hard" is a song I liked on first listen. It speaks of being strong emotionally and is very relevant to Rihannas own lift. It feels empowering to listen to.

"Stupid in Love" is the first ballad of the album. It is hard to not see the significance behind this song which is what makes it so powerful. I think everyone can relate to this song in a way.

"Rockstar 101" is different to anything Rihannas every done before. It didn't do to well in the charts, but it's chorus is one I couldn't get out of my head.

"Russian Roulette" was the first single of the album. When I first heard it I was disappointed. But this is another song that grows on you, and shows how much Rihanna has grown musically.

"Fire bomb" is one of the best kept secrets of the album, and in my opinion very underrated. It is not a song that would be released as a single but it is a very good song and one that you would probably like even if you weren't a Rihanna fan.

"Rude boy" is the smasher of the album.
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