- Audio CD (21 Nov. 2011)
- Deluxe Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition
- Label: Mercury
- ASIN: B005TZFZJC
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,733 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Talk That Talk is the sixth studio album from Bajan superstar Rihanna, the follow-up to the phenomenal success of 2010's Loud. The album includes the single "We Found Love" featuring Calvin Harris (Rihanna's sixth UK Number 1 in five consecutive years, a record unequalled by any other female solo artist), as well as "You Da One" and the Jay-Z-featuring title track.
An artist experiencing diminishing returns since 2009’s startling reinvention album Rated R – from victim to victorious in one long-player – Rihanna’s latest can’t stop the rot that set in with the mixed messages of 2010’s Loud. Not that said set was poor – it just failed to match the pop highs of the Umbrella-packing Good Girl Gone Bad and Rated R’s darker tones. The tracks of sixth LP Talk That Talk make a lot of noise but move lethargically – familiar tropes surface in the lyrical content (sexy times being the core focus), and musically it’s a smorgasbord of European dance trends and contemporary RnB production, showy but soulless. Of course there are ballads, too – but after all the saucy front, the slowies feel utterly blunted.
The album begins at a low, the staccato vocal hooks of You Da One irritating rather than engaging. The squelchy, buzzing Where Have You Been is one of two productions from Calvin Harris – indicative of the mainstream dance scene of the UK and Europe making steady progression into the US RnB market. It’s an inoffensive pairing of building beats and sliced-and-diced vocals: to the right feet on the right dancefloor it’ll be manna itself manifested as an arms-in-the-air clubbing highlight. The second Harris hook-up, We Found Love, swells with fevered keys until it explodes, blinding neon like, all over its frenetic, repetitive chorus. It’s by-numbers fare from Harris, given edge by a quite deliberately provocative music video – just the 47 million YouTube views since mid-October.
A forgettable vocal from Jay-Z on the title-track foreshadows an awful exercise in quasi-erotic wordplay on Cockiness (Love It) and a wholly pointless minute-something in the company of star producer The-Dream, wasted on the boring profanities of Birthday Cake. At its halfway mark Talk That Talk takes a turn for the downbeat, the Beyoncé-style paean to perfect monogamy We All Want Love sitting awkwardly beside questionable sexual morals presented by earlier cuts. And Drunk on Love, for the second time in as many weeks release-wise after Rihanna’s guest slot on Drake’s Take Care, matches the Barbadian singer with a Jamie xx (Smith) production, the backing a slightly tweaked take on The xx’s Intro. It feels lazy, an impression that runs the course of this collection, which never convinces the listener that the artist on its cover is fully committed to the cause. On the commercial dubstep rumble of bonus track Red Lipstick, produced by Chase & Status, she sounds as if she phoned in her (again, drearily sexual) vocal five minutes after waking up.
In the recent past Rihanna exhibited a cool nonchalance; here, she’s trapped between playing the characters of a ruthless dominatrix and a docile sort willing to be putty in a boy’s hands. If the real Rihanna doesn’t stand up for her seventh LP, one has to wonder if she’ll ever find herself again.
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Top Customer Reviews
All I can say is that I have been on Youtube all day listening to this album and, I bloomin Love it. It may not be for everyone but I like it alot (jim Carey stylie). I will be buying the Deluxe edition because Do Ya Thing is too good to miss. My Favourite songs are
1.You Da One
2.Where Have You Been
3.Talk That Talk
6.Watch n Learn
In fact, I think I just love the whole album. PS I still love Loud and think it is a Brilliant album, Talk That Talk is just different, and brilliant ha ha! Love ya Rihanna Keep Doin Ya Thing Girl, You Da One I Think About All Dayyyyyyyyyyy!!!
''You Da One'' - The album kicks off with one of the lesser songs, It's sugary sweet, but not in a good way. It's repetitive and soon gets very dull and boring, something you can't usually say about a Rihanna single. The fact that it's one of her only singles in recent times to not even hit the top 20 says it all.
''Where Have You Been'' - The second track is thankfully much more enjoyable, it has a mash of trance and dance-beats and electronic effects mixed with a strong vocal by Rihanna that make it almost perfect for club-play. Expect this one to be a single at some point in the future.
''We Found Love'' - Third is the album's first smash single, again with Calvin Harris, which is still hovering around the number 01 spot weeks after it's release. One of the best dance songs Rihanna has recorded, it's simple but infectious and the best song on the album by a long shot.
''Talk that Talk'' - The title track comes next, with Jay-Z making a guest appearance. The rap isn't exactly memorable, but it's bad either, and the song moves along nicely, while still not being quite what you'd expect from Rihanna.
''Cockiness (I love it)'' - Mixed feelings about this one. The beat is fantastic, frenetic and quite Beyonce-like, but the lyrics are a let down. They're sexual in an overly explicit way, and come across as just vulgar rather than sexy.Read more ›
Some may think it excessive, this being her sixth album. But she doesn't seem to be boring everyone quite yet, with her hits racing to the top of the charts. And it seems like there are more to come if "Talk That Talk" is anything to go by.
"You Da One" begins the album, and it instantly gives you a "Caribbean feel", and is vastly reminiscent of Rihannas early days. You will find it hard to get this track out of your head. 8/10
"Where have you been" is the album club banger. I predict a spring/summer release for this, and boy will it smash. This is the albums "Don't stop the music" and if you only listen to one song from the album make it this one. 10/10
"We found love" was the debut single for the album. It was the obvious choice, and clearly the best one with the worldwide success. 9/10
"Talk that Talk" is the albums only collaboration, which joins rihanna and Jay Z. The song may not be the next "umbrella" but it's a solid track, and I found myself with it on repeat for weeks. 9/10
"cockiness" is an even more sexed up (if that's even possible) version of S&M. It's fairly safe to say this won't be released as a single due to it not being very radio friendly. "Suck my cockiness lick my persuasion" rihanna sings, and the rest of the song have zero subtlety. However, I for one love these tracks, but if you prefer music that is not so sexually explicit, or you have have children listening, maybe best to hit the skip button. 10/10 (because I personally LOVE IT).
An interlude "birthday cake" follows.Read more ›
People would think that by this point her career may be flagging...in reality this is a massive peak for her! In 2007/8 she hit is massive with hits such as Umbrella, Shut Up And Drive, Take A Bow, Disturbia, Plase Dont Stop The Music...to name a few! In 2009 she delivered a masterpiece album with Rated R which had massive hits - Russian ROulette, Rude Boy, Hard and Te Amo! And last year she unleashed Loud, a colourful and brash album to contrast the macabre of Rated R, the hits Only girl, Whats My Name, S&M and California King Bed came from that album!
Now here, she is still on her Loud tour, and arguably has released from this album her biggest UK number one since Umbrella by hooking up with our own Calvin Harris! With We FOund love!
Exhausting! But well worth the ride...and by the sounds of Talk That Talk...the hits will keep on coming! Rihanna has this quality about ehr that is very much a kinda vibe and presence Madonna, MJ, JJ and Prince endorsed in their musi (and still achieve) that style MEETS substance MEETS shock MEETS music! While RIhanna is by no means a musical legend....she has that style, that substance and drive that is so appealing and quite inspiring...sure she also doesnt have massive Christina or Barbara vocals....but she has a unique vocal....very Barbadian and raw! like grace Jones or Bob Marley endorsed in....very colourful island vocals!
Talk That Talk is a massive collage of a lighter version of Erotica era Madonna....black & white, androgynous imagery and slick style!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Deluxe Edition is really worth the money! As always, another strong performance by Rihanna!!Published 1 month ago by Vincent Smith