Talk That Talk

Performers Rihanna

Def Jam | November 21, 2011 | Compact Disc

Talk That Talk is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
Recording information: Eightysevenfourteen Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Eyeknowasecret Studios, Brentwood, CA; Fly Eye Studio, London; Jungle City Studios, New York, NY; Roc The Mic Studios, New York, NY; Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg; The Grand Hotel, Oslo, Norway; The Hide Out Studios, London; The Park Hyatt Hotel, Hamburg, Germany; The Radison Royal Blue Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark; The Savoy London; Westlake Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Ellen Von Unwerth.
Rihanna follows 2010's Loud, still riding high on the charts, with Talk That Talk. The singer's sixth studio album features the euphoric, Calvin Harris-produced "We Found Love" -- already a number one single in several countries. Once again, Swedish songwriting and production team Stargate is involved, as is Jay-Z, who appears on the title track.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 21, 2011

Genre: Contemporary R&B

Style: R&B

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Def Jam

UPC: 602527878409

Found in: Contemporary R&B

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still dancing... Something can be said for music that makes you feel good. "Talk That Talk" is a combination of hot dance tracks, and traditional Rihanna pop numbers. High energy and fast paced for the most part, it's a great mark of Rihanna's evolution as an artist and woman, and a tribute to her stability in life. There's no real exposition of her strong vocals or any heart-heavy ballads, like we've heard in the past. But as a testament to Rihanna's talent displayed thus far, I think she can get away with passing on those elements for this album. We know she can sing. We know she can tear up a slow jam...but for now, we just want to dance. 1) You Da One ~ This has a slight island vibe to it, which is always appreciated from Rihanna. Although she rarely goes all out into a full reggae or soca track (not since the early days of her career), I do think it's important that each of her albums attempts to contain an element of her Caribbean heritage. 2) Where Have You Been ~ She sets the tone for the album with a dance track, letting the listeners know that she's going all the way there...almost to the point of trance and out of the pop realm. She wants you to dance. She wants you to feel good, and she makes this very clear early in the album. 3) We Found Love ~ This song is seriously hot! Loved it from the first time I heard it. Love the energy, love the video, love the pace of it. It's the kind of song you can get lost in. 4) Talk That Talk ~ This song is cool. Didn't love it immediately, but know it will grow on me with the right presentation (video, live, or otherwise). The end breakdown segment is dope...very dancehall-esq. The rest...your average Rihanna/rapper collabo. Even if that rapper is Jay-Z, the track is just aright. 5) Cockiness ~ Whoa whoa whoa. Vulgarity from the jump! Suck wha...? Well, it wouldn't be a Rihanna album without a song or two sexually going over the top. Being provocative has kinda become her thing. Well, not her "main" thing, but at least a "side" thing. So this song is partially an expectation at this point...while still being borderline uncomfortable. I remember feeling uncomfortable for the mothers accompanying their 10-year-old daughters to the Rihanna "Loud" tour's stop in Toronto due to similarly provocative content. But it is what it is...she's grown, she is a fan of expressing this side of herself, and it makes for an interesting song, nonetheless. Sounds like a sure shot strip club anthem to me. 6) Birthday Cake ~ OK, so another song that will make an audio appearance at King and Diamonds and other establishments of that nature. "Sounds" sexy, and the lyrical content matches. Truth be told, almost sounds like Beyonce could rock this as her own. I wanted to hear where this song was going, but it ends abruptly. Almost too abruptly like an error, or an unintended interlude. 7) We All Want Love ~ This is a nice peace-n-love feel good Olympics type song. Nothing spectacular, but pleasant lyrics and a "nice" feeling as a result. 8) Drunk on Love ~ Definitely my favourite song on the album. Nice vibe right from the start, with a hint of 80's synth and drums. I love mood music, and think this is definitely movie soundtrack worthy...the breakdown in particular is tight. 9) Roc Me Out ~ A strong song, and another high energy track. A bit forgettable, as even as I'm writing this...I forget which one it was! But fundamentally, I remember it was a good song. 10) Watch n Learn ~ This one was interesting, and again, I appreciated the slight reggae undertone to it. It's no "Man Down" but a good attempt at bringing in that vibe. 11) Farewell ~ This is surprisingly the only read ballad-like song on the album. Again, an average song, and the vocals aren't particularly impressive...but a nice song. As this wraps up the album, you can see that while she committed to themes of love and passion, she wasn't going there from a place of extreme vulnerability, but moreso from a place of recognition, celebration, and partially diving into the core of the emotion. The album imagery completely compliments this mood of potential disaster yet total emotional intoxication.While the songs themselves paint a picture, and develop overtime, so is the story that is Rihanna's career and visual metamorphosis. (Reviewed by Stacey Marie Robinson.)
Date published: 2012-01-23

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Talk That Talk

Performers Rihanna

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 21, 2011

Genre: Contemporary R&B

Style: R&B

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Def Jam

UPC: 602527878409


Title Track Time
1.You da One --
2.Where Have You Been --
3.We Found Love --
4.Talk That Talk --
5.Cockiness (Love It) --
6.Birthday Cake --
7.We All Want Love --
8.Drunk on Love --
9.Roc Me Out --
10.Watch N' Learn --
11.Farewell --

Editorial Notes

Recording information: Eightysevenfourteen Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Eyeknowasecret Studios, Brentwood, CA; Fly Eye Studio, London; Jungle City Studios, New York, NY; Roc The Mic Studios, New York, NY; Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg; The Grand Hotel, Oslo, Norway; The Hide Out Studios, London; The Park Hyatt Hotel, Hamburg, Germany; The Radison Royal Blue Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark; The Savoy London; Westlake Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Ellen Von Unwerth.
Rihanna follows 2010's Loud, still riding high on the charts, with Talk That Talk. The singer's sixth studio album features the euphoric, Calvin Harris-produced "We Found Love" -- already a number one single in several countries. Once again, Swedish songwriting and production team Stargate is involved, as is Jay-Z, who appears on the title track.
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