Album Review : ANTI by Rihanna

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English version is under Chinese(Tradition) version.
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         等了這麼長的一段時間,蕾哈娜終於釋出全新專輯ANTI,在昨日發行與Drake合唱的首支單曲”Work”之後,雖然負面評價佔大多數,這首單曲仍然坐上排行榜寶座。
    這張新專輯收錄了13首新歌,並不包含之前發行的單曲”FourFiveSeconds”, “American Oxygen”以及”Bitch Better Have My Money”,蕾哈娜在這方面的決策十分正確,將過了一年以上的單曲收錄在正專輯裡非常不合乎流行歌手的標準。雖然現在數位發行方式當道,而蕾哈娜也將專輯整體類型考慮進去,所以不把這三首單曲收錄是有原因並且明智的。整體專輯氣氛對於一張專輯來說是非常重要的,ANTI的選歌重點並不在會不會紅,而是在於品質,雖然此張專輯缺少像上一張”Unapologetic””Diamonds”式的大歌,但這張專輯聽下來是感覺舒服的。以第二首的”James Joint”來說,蕾哈娜將它該被放在第一首當作Intro的拿來第二順位銜接”Kiss It Better”讓整張專輯走得更順。這張專輯除了”Same Ol’ Mistakes”之外,蕾哈娜都有參與製作以及寫詞作曲,這也推翻以往她製作專輯的經驗,也讓ANTI更貼近她本身,雖然退掉許多如KieszaSia為她量身打造的歌曲,在製作上除了男朋友Travis Scott獨挑大樑之外,也有許多製作過BeyonceDrake等節奏藍調音樂的製作人,比較特別的是”Same Ol’ Mistakes”這首單曲,製作以及作詞曲都是由Tame Impala的主唱Kevin Parker擔任,這首單曲充滿Alternative Rock風味,如果單獨打單,應該鮮少人能一聽就知道是蕾哈娜的歌,但這首歌會被收錄在其中格外驚奇,讓人猜測蕾哈娜是不是想要擺脫流行女歌手的光環,轉而讓自己擅長領域的藍調音樂更受注意。
        之前一直謠傳會與專輯同時發行的視覺計畫,除了ANTIdiary的解鎖之外,目前尚未有其他音樂錄影帶或是電影形式的宣傳露出,這次與手機廠牌Samsung的合作也格外令人期待,在最後正式解鎖的Room8影片中,仍然有之前三支單曲視覺的點字標準字,在官方都沒傳出消息的感覺來看,不知道ANTI是在計畫中發行還是出乎意料之外的沒準備好。



        回到音樂上,蕾哈娜的音域本來就不高,而她的專輯內也鮮少真假音轉換,這也讓她的音樂聽來更為野性,在單曲”Higher”中,蕾哈娜與B. Bourelly(同樣和她寫了”Bitch Better Have My Money”)合作,定位並不是蕾哈娜的音但帶點破碎的嗓音讓這首歌更有感情。“Never Ending” 與獨立名謠歌手Chad Sabo合作,以吉他為基底的歌曲讓人懷疑蕾哈娜此張專輯定位不清,幸好帶著藍調節奏讓這首歌調了回來。

      在聽完整張專輯之後,很多人不禁問,這張專輯有需要讓我們等這麼久嗎?除了這些原因之外,就是這次與Samsung的合作,目前尚未看見任何正式合作的宣傳,但在準備期間的專輯理想溝通以及合作方式都需要時間,請來的導演與布景道具,雖然唱片公司花得起,但時間是買不來的。緊接著的演唱會蕾哈娜是否也準備好了?日前才結束電影拍攝工作的她,在這3年之間行程非常滿,在2015年底,歌手Sia表示蕾哈娜還在為了新專輯收歌,似乎表示這張專輯的草率。
        屏除所有藉口以及理由,蕾哈娜的新專輯的確值得一聽,但是不是符合個人期望就要見仁見智。ANTI的確呈現出Rihanna不一樣的面貌,但是作為一張流行專輯,蕾哈娜還得再重新思考了。





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After this long long waiting, Rihanna drops her new album ANTI today. Yesterday she released the lead single “Work” features Drake, after all the critics on this track, “Work” still tops No.1 on iTunes chart.
Including 13 brand new tracks, ANTI doesn’t take the previous 3 singles into it. It’s wise that Rihanna make this decision, though it’s trend to sell music is digital format on online service or stream apps, Rihanna still considers full experience of this album in it as a musician.Talking about the whole experience, Ri chose songs for quality but be popular or not. Absence of big vocal song like “Diamonds” form her last album “Unapologetic”, ANTI goes on a comfort way to express her opinion on this album, supposed to be an intro of ANTI, Ri takes it to the second track instead, to intro the next record “Kiss It Better”, this slight change makes this experience straight.Except single on track 9, Rihanna wrote all songs with other artists on ANTI, though she refused songs like “Reaper” from Sia or two-unreveal songs from Kiesza, this album seems like closer to Ri than before. On the production side, besides her boyfriend Travis Scott, Kuk Harrell(Beyonce), Shea Taylor(Prod. Run the World by Bey), and producers works with Drake, Nicki Minaj, Ne-Yo, all teamed up for ANTI. Speaking of special, “Same Ol’ Mistakes” all made by Kevin Parker(Lead Vocalist from Tame Impala), music genre turns more Alternative Rock than R&B music, if take this single independently, it would be unnoticed comes from Rihanna. Curious saying that she wants to get rid of her “POP” glory into focusing on real music.
Rumored for a long time, there is supposed to be a visual plan along with new album, but for now NOTHING comes out or any promotion videos on official pages. In the association with Samsung, it’s worth expecting how the music videos will like, in the latest video of ANTI diary, same code patterns on “FourFiveSeconds”, “Bitch Better Have My Money” and “American Oxygen” still in it, let us wonder this releasing of ANTI is on schedule or UNschedule.



Back to music, Rihanna doesn’t own a good vocal of pitches changing, but make her music RAW, on track 12 “Higher”, Ri works with Bibi Bourelly who wrote “BBHMM” for her, this track doesn’t be revised to fit Ri’s pitch, with her crack-soar waves, this track has sensitive emotion.Wrote with Chad Sabo, “Never Ending” comes along with guitar backing instrument, alternative sound disturbs ANTI’s music genre but in the mix stage adding Hip-Pop beats to fit it.
What takes Rihanna so long to make analbum?  Association with Samsung is a big projsct for Ri and her label, it took time to discuss the album image and setting all thing up with directors and staffs. Is she ready to get on the stage for the tour? According to Sia from her interview in 2015, Rihanna still work on her album then.
Despite all the reason to look back on this album. ANTI is worth listening, but as a pop singer, Rihanna disappoints the fans for the music they called “POP”.


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ANTI
Artist 歌手:Rihanna
Genre 類型:Hip-pop, R&B
Release Date 發行日期:2016/1/28
Album Rating 專輯評分:7.0
Vocal Rating 歌手評分:6
Recommend Single 推薦單曲:Needed Me
Tracklist專輯曲目:
01. Consideration (feat. SZA)
02. James Joint
03. Kiss It Better
04. Work (feat. Drake)
05. Desperado
06. Woo
07. Needed Me
08. Yeah, I Said It
09. Same Ol' Mistakes
10. Never Ending
11. Love On The Brain
12. Higher
13. Close To You


Buy "Work (feat. Drake)" on iTunes.

Stream this album on TIDAL.


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