Rihanna - Loud
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2010 Ratings: #666 / 879
User Score
Based on 591 ratings
2010 Ratings: #202
Liked by 9 people
November 16, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Def Jam / Label
Pop, Dance Pop, R&B / Genres
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Drowned in Sound

At times brilliant, at others unlike anyone else out there and occasionally frankly a bit rubbish.

The ideas here are diverse and fun in terms of genre, exploring elements of reggae, electronic, and RnB. However, its weakness lies in its lack of cohesion that makes it a frankly tumultuous listen that begs for the listener to pick up its bits and pieces. For me though, it is an enjoyable listen, serving as a stylistic precursor to one of her better albums, ANTI.

I used to think Rihanna wasn't that good. I didn't actively hate her, but I just didn't care for her any of her music. That being said, I thought ANTI was a pretty good release, and though they never stood out as all that great my first time around, I thought I'd give a few of her other albums another listen. After all, now I'm much more of a poptimist than I once was. I'm glad I gave Loud another chance--this is easily one of my favorite ultra-mainstream radio dance-pop albums of ... read more
s&m is just an unfair song
Yes, it includes the most bangers and most nostalgia but it is not her best album by any means.

Light 7/10
The album that many consider the peak of Rihanna's career. 'Loud' is an excellent pop album, and it delivers wonderfully throughout its runtime.

Personally, I feel like 'Loud' is the quintessential album of "upbeat, fun" Rihanna. From the get go it delivers pop hit after hit, with tracks like 'S&M', 'What's My Name' and 'Fading'. The production is solid, instrumentation is relatively clean and safe, but it works well- and Rihanna's vocals are as good as ever. The only thing ... read more
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Track List

  1. S&M 
  2. What's My Name? feat. Drake 
  3. Cheers (Drink To That) 
  4. Fading
  5. Only Girl (In The World)
  6. California King Bed
  7. Man Down 
  8. Raining Men feat. Nicki Minaj 
  9. Complicated 
  10. Skin 
  11. Love The Way You Lie (Part II) feat. Eminem
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