Rihanna - ANTI
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2016 Rank: #475 / 722
User Score
Based on 474 ratings
January 27, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Westbury Road, Roc Nation / Label
R&B, Alternative R&B, Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Entertainment Weekly

Anti proves Rihanna should play by her own rules more often.

83
A.V. Club

Anti’s tracks combine to create a picture of Rihanna at her most relatable and enthralling.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

ANTI is folk music played in a video-drome circularly projecting a 360° image of sprawling, semi-wilderness on fire as a compassionate, loving apocalypse.

80
Exclaim!

ANTI is perhaps her most complete and confident record to date. Where she manages to take things from here anyone's guess.

80
NOW Magazine

Not every song is as outstanding as the next, but at points, Anti is incredibly satisfying and sufficiently distinct from her other efforts – very much worth the wait and the bizarre roll out.

80
Rolling Stone
After more than a decade as a superstar of the singles chart, Rihanna has become an album artist.
80
AllMusic

By the end of Anti, Rihanna may not arrive at any definitive conclusions about her art but she's allowed herself to be unguarded and anti-commercial, resulting in her most compelling record to date.

80
Clash

While Rihanna has put out great records throughout her career, the focus has always been on singles, and as such full-length listens can feel disjointed. ‘ANTI’ is one that you can vibe to from beginning to end.

80
The Independent

This is Rihanna at her most strikingly self-assured and it’s wondrous.

77
Pitchfork

ANTI is a rich and conflicted pop record, at its most interesting when it’s at its most idiosyncratic. It’s not crammed with bloodthirsty, dance-oriented jams and feels distinctly smaller, more inward-facing than her previous records, as if it were intended as a kind of spiritual stock-taking, a moment of reckoning for both Rihanna and her fans.

75
Consequence of Sound

Anti takes risks and disregards convention in a way that only a true superstar like Rihanna could pull off.

75
Pretty Much Amazing
Like anything else Rihanna has ever done, it is a strangely compelling musical artifact in its own right. The finished product is just as bizarre as the journey to its release.
72
HipHopDX

The sound is nowhere nearly as innovative as it could have been. This is Rihanna, and we all know she knows how to push envelopes, but this barely made it to the post office.

70
The 405
After a three year album hiatus, Rih has rendered her most profoundly authentic and effortless act of rebellion yet – she’s making the music she wants to make without a singular fuck.
70
The Line of Best Fit

Rihanna is still shedding some of her “Don’t Stop the Music” skin, which makes Anti a fascinating, if a bit rocky, portrait of a supreme pop talent on the possible precipice of a bold career turn.

70
Billboard
Indeed, the end product reveals that no matter how blessed we think Rihanna is, there's something darker lurking beneath. As the album art denotes: heavy lies the crown.
70
Spin

ANTI is Rihanna’s first aesthetically personal album, and throughout its disorderly roaming, it remains revelatory in a strict sense; it’s a musical step sideways but an artistic step up.

70
Crack Magazine

Despite its missteps, ANTI never sounds fake. It’s driven by undertones and nuance – rather than undergoing a full reinvention, Rihanna has placed herself at a vantage point where she can flirt with a number of styles and sounds, reminding us that she never promised to be anything at all.

70
Sputnikmusic

After 7 painful years of servicing commercial interests, Rihanna sounds like a brand new person; nuanced, dynamic, and focused, Anti is Rihanna stripping herself of commercial obligations, finally taking flight.

60
The Guardian

Sometimes you get the frustrating sense that strong ideas are being deliberately short-circuited in the pursuit of a slightly self-conscious weirdness.

60
Time Out London

‘Anti’ features no crowd-pleasing dance-pop hits like ‘We Found Love’, preferring a murky blend of electronica, R&B and acoustic pop that clings rigidly to midtempo.

60
NME
It’s not quite the revelatory departure we might have hoped for, and has the rich but unfocused feel of something worked on perhaps too long with obsessive fervour, but it’s also subtle and interesting; an intriguing soundtrack to an era of change.
50
Slant Magazine
The ultimate impression the album leaves isn't just that of an artist who failed to follow through on her vision, but who never bothered to conceive one in the first place.
50
Drowned in Sound
The pivot works, it’s just in need of some fine-tuning. In the meantime, you’re now very much aware that the ‘old Rihanna’ is no more. Shame, I miss her already.
40
PopMatters

Sadly, with Anti the intent and promise is more admirable than the end result. There’s a certain dreary joylessness to it that saps any energy the songs might possess.

40
God Is in the TV

As a whole, Anti is a frustrating listen. It feels scrappy and unfinished – underwritten, under-produced and under-performed.

Jan 28, 2016
austincrane235
80
Wow. Rihanna completely killed this. Production is alternative enough that it's fresh and interesting, but it's still got enough pop appeal to be catchy. Rihanna's singing is phenomenal, really emotive and raw, and her lyrics are actually pretty well-written. A lot of weed and kissing references, but still highly compelling and enjoyable. Job well done, Rihanna. I like the direction you're heading.

Best Track: Consideration, Desperado, Yeah I Said It, Never Ending, Love On The Brain, ... read more
Jan 29, 2016*
thisisabtlgrnd
83
Even though I've enjoyed some of her past singles, I think this is the first project where Rihanna has showed any true artistic ambition, something that seems to be occuring with promising frequency in the pop world. She really delivers on her "good girl gone bad" persona throughout this record, with sexy, relatable lyrics, strong production that takes a heavy influence from trip hop and the Weeknd's style of R&B and a series of incredible vocal performances.

To me, ANTI has ... read more
Jan 28, 2016
exception
74
easily the best rihanna has given us yet. there was some really dark and heavy production on this LP that was matched very well with rihanna's voice. some songs were really well done, went hard and are well rounded. but after track 9 this album lags a bit. the tracks get to be slower and more upbeat, very different compared to the first half. none of them are too bad, but they dont match the pretty articulate first half. not amazing, but a solid listen that gives rihanna a more refreshing ... read more
Sep 23, 2016*
Cakes
35
just pretending a musician
Jan 28, 2016*
boniverski
65
Every mainstream R&B album wants to be "Beyoncé" these days.
Track List
  1. Consideration [ft. SZA]
  2. James Joint
  3. Kiss it Better
  4. Work
  5. Desperado
  6. Woo
  7. Needed Me
  8. Yeah, I Said It
  9. Same Ol' Mistakes
  10. Never Ending
  11. Love On the Brain
  12. Higher
  13. Close to You


Added on: November 26, 2015