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Music Review: Rihanna-ANTI

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We waited a good fifty-‘leven years for Rihanna’s much anticipated ANTI. Was it worth the wait? Let’s discuss.

I think what Rihanna has managed to do with ANTI is to show us that she is more than just the party girl that we all want to hang out with.  Sure, after listening to this album, I still want to hang out with her, in fact, I want to hang out with her more.  But she’s achieved what she wanted to achieve, which was to show us that she has feelings, and sometimes those feelings are dark as fu@k.

While continuing to be the dirty girl just lookin’ for a rude bwoi in songs like “Yea, I Said It,” she reveals a love/hate relationship with pain and pleasure in songs like “Love on the Brain.” She’s hurting…but she wants to be hurt…hurt sooo good.

This album isn’t about vocal talent, none of her albums were.  In fact, I refuse to discuss vocal talent when talking about Rihanna.  But I think where she lacks in the aforementioned voice, she makes up for in her ability to tell a story, her story, your story.

I like what she did with ANTI.  Was it worth the wait? I think so.  Is it my favorite album? Probably not.  But it was pretty darn good.  I’m giving ANTI a 4.3 out of 5.

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Lo Brewer is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she received a BA for her major in Journalism & Media Studies. She started her career in ad sales and corporate training and worked in media for over a decade at Viacom and Fox Networks. But in 2015, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career that revolved around her two greatest passions, writing and crafting. Soon she was writing for several websites as an entertainment, fashion and music expert. She also launched a small business creating felt crafts and Ankara clothing and home goods through Etsy. Lo is a Jersey Girl (in a Cali world), a self-professed pop culture idiot savant, a homebody, a hardcore crafter, a lover of all things retro & vintage, a thrift shopoholic, and an all-around silly MF. In addition to being a celebriologist and DIY demon, she is also a novelist. Her first, The Semester, was published in 2013. She hopes to publish her second book, The Apartment, in the upcoming year.