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Album Review: Rihanna - "ANTI"

Rihanna quietly released her oft-delayed album, "Anti" this past January. The album was quickly certified Platinum thanks in part to the million of streams it received on TIDAL, where it was released first. Billboard however didn't recognize the sales and at presstime, "Anti" has sold close to 280,000 copies. "Anti" is Rihanna's second #1 album and it features the #1 single, "Work". Now as far as the album is concerned, I feel "Anti" is Rihanna's most enjoyable album since "Good Girl Gone Bad". The album opens with "Consideration" featuring SZA followed by the breezy but brief, "James Joint". "Kiss It Better" is an instant favorite to me and deserves the single treatment, while "Needed Me" might be the proper follow up since its already charting on the charts. "Desperado" finds Rihanna playing the bad ass that she is known to be singing in a monotone voice. "Woo" features cooing from Travis Scott and lyrics written by The Weeknd and The-Dream. "Yeah I Said It" is straight to the point and gets the job done in no more than 2 minutes. "Same Ol' Mistakes" is a remake and its an awfully funky song and Rihanna does a great job riding the beat. As for the ballads that come later in the album, their somewhat bland to me. I typically skip over them. I do feel the album's first half is the strongest. The Deluxe version of "Anti" features "Pose" and "Sex With Me" which are very enjoyable in my opinion. All in all Rihanna has put together a pretty cohesive album while not as tight as "Good Girl Gone Bad", "Anti" is one of my favorite albums so far this year.
Guests/Producers/Writers: SZA, Drake, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, Timbaland
Label: Westbury/RocNation
Release Date: January 2016
Peak Position: 1 on the R&B/Hip Hop and Pop charts
of course you all knew this info prior to me writing this, I think! :)
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