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Loud

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Loud would not sound quite so slapdash if it did not follow Good Girl Gone Bad, one of the best pop albums of its decade, and Rated R, one of the most fascinating pop albums of the same time frame. This album, released less than a year after the latter, also has the misfortune of arriving with no fanfare; a dramatic intro proclaiming “The wait is ova,” à la Rated R's opening track, would be silly. Even without considering the weight of what it follows, there’s no getting past the notion that Loud is as uneven as Rihanna’s first two albums. It’s more an unfocused assortment of poor-to-solid songs than a unified set. The predatory StarGate/Sandy Vee-produced dance-pop (“S&M,” “Only Girl [In the World]”) is what works best here. Though neither one can touch “Rude Boy,” they do efficiently balance Rihanna’s playful and sinister sides. One song that sounds nothing like anything else in Rihanna’s past is “Skin,” a contender for anti-gravity slow jam of 2010 -- a match for Trey Songz's “Red Lipstick” and Usher’s “Mars vs Venus.” The low points -- the cluttered “Complicated,” the unfinished-sounding Nicki Minaj collaboration “Raining Men,” the overwrought rock weeper “California King Bed” -- weigh the album down, making it resemble a fourth-quarter stopgap as Rihanna prepares her next truly eventful release. There’s just enough quality content to maintain her visibility.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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1
S&M Album Version
00:04:03

Tor Erik Hermansen, ComposerLyricist - Mikkel S. Eriksen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mikkel Eriksen, ComposerLyricist - Miles Walker, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - PHIL TAN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rihanna, MainArtist - Sandy Vee, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Kuk Harrell, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ester Dean, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - StarGate, Producer - Damien Lewis, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marcos Tovar, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Gudwin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Esther Renay Dean, ComposerLyricist - Robert Campbell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Veronika Bozeman, Producer

℗ 2010 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
What's My Name? Album Version
00:04:23

Traci Hale, ComposerLyricist - Tor Erik Hermansen, ComposerLyricist - Mikkel S. Eriksen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mikkel Eriksen, ComposerLyricist - Miles Walker, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - PHIL TAN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rihanna, MainArtist - Kuk Harrell, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Drake, FeaturedArtist - Aubrey Graham, ComposerLyricist - Ester Dean, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - StarGate, Producer - Damien Lewis, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marcos Tovar, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Gudwin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Esther Renay Dean, ComposerLyricist - Noah "40" Shebib, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Cadastre, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Campbell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Cheers (Drink To That) Album Version
00:04:21

Makeba Riddick, Producer - Scott Spock, ComposerLyricist - Graham Edwards, ComposerLyricist - Lauren Christy, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Harr, ComposerLyricist - Laura Pergolizzi, ComposerLyricist - Stacy Barthe, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robyn Fenty, ComposerLyricist - Rihanna, MainArtist - Corey Gibson, ComposerLyricist - LP, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Avril Lavigne, ComposerLyricist - Antonio Resendiz, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Runners, Producer - Jermaine Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Marcos Tovar, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben O'Neil, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Inaam Haq, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff "Supa Jeff" Villanueva, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Campbell, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dane Liska, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brad Shea, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Fading Album Version
00:03:27

Donnie Scantz, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - William Hodge, ComposerLyricist - Jay Stevenson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jamal Jones, ComposerLyricist - PHIL TAN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rihanna, MainArtist - Lamar Taylor, ComposerLyricist - Sandy Vee, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kuk Harrell, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ester Dean, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Damien Lewis, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Willy Will, Producer - Marcos Tovar, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Gudwin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Quinton Amey, ComposerLyricist - Darnell Dalton, ComposerLyricist - Awesome Jones!!!!, Producer - Brian Allison, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Veronika Bozeman, Producer - Corey Shoemaker, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Gazaway, Adapter

℗ 2010 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Only Girl (In The World) Album Version
00:03:54

Tor Erik Hermansen, ComposerLyricist - Mikkel S. Eriksen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mikkel Eriksen, ComposerLyricist - Crystal Johnson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Miles Walker, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - PHIL TAN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rihanna, MainArtist - Sandy Vee, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kuk Harrell, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sandy Wilhelm, ComposerLyricist - StarGate, Producer - Damien Lewis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marcos Tovar, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Inaam Haq, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joshua Gudwin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dane Liska, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brad Shea, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
California King Bed Album Version
00:04:11

Andrew Harr, ComposerLyricist - Robyn Fenty, ComposerLyricist - PHIL TAN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rihanna, MainArtist - Kuk Harrell, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Damien Lewis, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Runners, Producer - Jermaine Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Marcos Tovar, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Gudwin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Delicata, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Priscilla Renea, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jeff "Supa Jeff" Villanueva, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kyle White, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric England, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2010 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Man Down Album Version
00:04:26

Timothy Thomas, ComposerLyricist - Theron Thomas, ComposerLyricist - Robyn Fenty, ComposerLyricist - Rihanna, MainArtist - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Plata, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erik Madrid, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kuk Harrell, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marcos Tovar, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Gudwin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shama Joseph, ComposerLyricist - Shontelle Layne, ComposerLyricist - SHAM, Producer - Cary Clark, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Campbell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Raining Men Album Version
00:03:43

Timothy Thomas, ComposerLyricist - Theron Thomas, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rivelino Wouter, ComposerLyricist - Melvin Hough, ComposerLyricist - Onika Maraj, ComposerLyricist - Jaycen Joshua, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rihanna, MainArtist - Kuk Harrell, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dana Nielsen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jesus Garnica, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Koby Hass, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marcos Tovar, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Gudwin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nicki Minaj, FeaturedArtist - Ariel Chobaz, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mel & Mus, Producer

℗ 2010 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Complicated Album Version
00:04:16

Christopher Stewart, ComposerLyricist - Esther Dean, ComposerLyricist - Jaycen Joshua, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rihanna, MainArtist - Kuk Harrell, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ester Dean, Producer - Andrew Wuepper, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - C. "tricky" Stewart, Producer - Jesus Garnica, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marcos Tovar, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Gudwin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian "B-Luv" Thomas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Campbell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Skin Album Version
00:05:02

Makeba Riddick, Producer - Chad "C-Note" Roper, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robyn Fenty, ComposerLyricist - Jaycen Joshua, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rihanna, MainArtist - Kuk Harrell, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jesus Garnica, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kenneth Coby, ComposerLyricist - Marcos Tovar, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Gudwin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Katz, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ursula Yancy, ComposerLyricist - Soundz, Producer - Robert Campbell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nuno Duarte Gil Mendes Bettencourt, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2010 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Love The Way You Lie (Part II) Album Version
00:04:55

Marshall Mathers, ComposerLyricist - Mike Strange, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rihanna, MainArtist - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Plata, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erik Madrid, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Eminem, FeaturedArtist - Kuk Harrell, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Da Kid, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marcos Tovar, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Gudwin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Grant, ComposerLyricist - Skylar Grey, ComposerLyricist - Robert Campbell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Loud would not sound quite so slapdash if it did not follow Good Girl Gone Bad, one of the best pop albums of its decade, and Rated R, one of the most fascinating pop albums of the same time frame. This album, released less than a year after the latter, also has the misfortune of arriving with no fanfare; a dramatic intro proclaiming “The wait is ova,” à la Rated R's opening track, would be silly. Even without considering the weight of what it follows, there’s no getting past the notion that Loud is as uneven as Rihanna’s first two albums. It’s more an unfocused assortment of poor-to-solid songs than a unified set. The predatory StarGate/Sandy Vee-produced dance-pop (“S&M,” “Only Girl [In the World]”) is what works best here. Though neither one can touch “Rude Boy,” they do efficiently balance Rihanna’s playful and sinister sides. One song that sounds nothing like anything else in Rihanna’s past is “Skin,” a contender for anti-gravity slow jam of 2010 -- a match for Trey Songz's “Red Lipstick” and Usher’s “Mars vs Venus.” The low points -- the cluttered “Complicated,” the unfinished-sounding Nicki Minaj collaboration “Raining Men,” the overwrought rock weeper “California King Bed” -- weigh the album down, making it resemble a fourth-quarter stopgap as Rihanna prepares her next truly eventful release. There’s just enough quality content to maintain her visibility.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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