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.