A Girl Like Me

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Versatile urban dance-pop singer Rihanna gracefully avoids the sophomore slump with A Girl Like Me, a less tropical-flavored, more urban effort than her sun-and-fun debut. Then again, it's hard to be an effervescent island goddess 24-7 when your love life has suffered a crushing blow, something inferred by the numerous heartbreaking ballads included, all of them elegant, mature, and displaying artistic growth. Fans of her brilliant single "Pon de Replay" need not worry, though, as the album kicks off with its equal. Bursting out of the speakers, "SOS" is a sexy club tune that bites the bleepy riff from Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" in a very modern, very exciting mash-up ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Versatile urban dance-pop singer Rihanna gracefully avoids the sophomore slump with A Girl Like Me, a less tropical-flavored, more urban effort than her sun-and-fun debut. Then again, it's hard to be an effervescent island goddess 24-7 when your love life has suffered a crushing blow, something inferred by the numerous heartbreaking ballads included, all of them elegant, mature, and displaying artistic growth. Fans of her brilliant single "Pon de Replay" need not worry, though, as the album kicks off with its equal. Bursting out of the speakers, "SOS" is a sexy club tune that bites the bleepy riff from Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" in a very modern, very exciting mash-up fashion. The crunchy reggae of "Kisses Don't Lie" offers a less revolutionary alternative to Damien Marley's "Welcome to Jamrock." Then the album gets bolder and seamlessly bounces from genre to genre. Attempting things that would make lesser artists crumble, Rihanna goes from a film noir song that elegantly uses murder as a metaphor for cheating "Unfaithful" to an easy-flowing weekend cruiser "We Ride". Even more stunning is the jump from the 2006 prom-song candidate "Final Goodbye" to the totally juiced "Break It Off," where she gives guest star and dancehall king Sean Paul some serious competition. The good but not great redo of "If It's Lovin' That You Want" with Corey Gunz is the only track approaching filler, but it's clearly marked "bonus," so it's a wash. Executive produced by Jay-Z, A Girl Like Me is unsurprisingly polished, yet a richer experience than you'd expect from a singer responsible for the summer jam of 2005, arguably 2006.
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The lead single, "S.O.S.," epitomizes the album's upbeat, coquettish vibe with its sped-up sample of Soft Cell's '80s hit "Tainted Love." Celia San Miguel
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/25/2006
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602498798973
  • Catalog Number: 000616502
  • Sales rank: 43,064

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 S.O.S. (4:00)
  2. 2 Kisses Don't Lie (3:52)
  3. 3 Unfaithful (3:48)
  4. 4 We Ride (3:56)
  5. 5 Dem Haters - Dwane Husbands (4:19)
  6. 6 Final Goodbye (3:14)
  7. 7 Break It Off (3:34)
  8. 8 Crazy Little Thing Called Love - J-Status (3:23)
  9. 9 Selfish Girl (3:38)
  10. 10 P.S. (I'm Still Not Over You) (4:11)
  11. 11 A Girl Like Me (4:18)
  12. 12 A Million Miles Away (4:11)
  13. 13 If It's Lovin' That You Want, Pt. 2 (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rihanna Primary Artist, Vocals
Rob Mounsey Conductor
Evan Rogers Background Vocals
Abe Appleman Violin
Andy Bassford Guitar
Kevin Batchelor Trumpet
John Beal Bass
Crystal Garner Viola
Clark Gayton Trombone
Jeanne Ingram Violin
Jill Jaffe Viola
Ann Leathers Violin, Concert Master
Richard Locker Cello
Jan Mullen Violin
Sue Pray Viola
Richard Sortomme Violin
Carl Sturken Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Multi Instruments
Marti Sweet Violin
Cenovia Cummins Violin
Gene Moye Cello
Maura Giannini Violin
Yuri Vodovoz Violin
Katherine LiVolsi Stern Violin
Yana Goichman Violin
Ted Hemberger Percussion
Sean Paul Vocals
Tor Erik Hermanson Multi Instruments
Donovan "Vendetta" Bennett Multi Instruments
Corey Gunz Vocals
Eugene Briskin Cello
Mikkel S. Ericksen Multi Instruments
Luke McCaster Guitar
Dwane Husbands Vocals, Track Performer
J-Status Track Performer
Technical Credits
Rob Mounsey String Arrangements
Evan Rogers Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Producer
Samuel Barnes Composer
Augustus "Gussie" Clarke Producer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Scott La Rock Composer
Jean-Claude Oliver Composer
Malcolm Pollack Engineer
Carl Sturken Programming, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Producer
A.P. Thompson Composer
Poke Producer
Alli Truch Art Direction
Doug Joswick Package Production
Tracey Waples Marketing
E. Amelia Rogers Composer
Mike City Producer
A. Clarke Composer
Al Hemberger Engineer
Jeremy Harding Engineer
Tone Producer
K. Ford Composer
Donovan "Vendetta" Bennett Engineer
Makeba Riddick Vocal Producer
Don Corleon Producer
J.R. Rotem Composer, Engineer
James Auwarter Engineer
Franny "Franchise" Graham Engineer
Carter Administration Executive Producer, Audio Production
Mikkel S. Ericksen Engineer
Tiger Stylz Engineer
Luke McMaster Composer
M. Riddick Composer
M. Eriksen Composer
T. Hermansen Composer
Makeba Composer
C. Richardson Composer
Lawrence Parker Composer
Evan "Kidd" Bogart Composer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Summer Fun!!

    What a nice summer cd. Best song by far is Break it Off with Sean Paul. Give it a chance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    COOL!

    My favorite songs on this CD are SOS and Unfaithful

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    #1

    Dis album by Rihanna " A Girl Like Me" roxs! Xpeshaly the new hits S.O.S & Unfaithful! U shud definitly by dis album. It is All time #1. I guarentee u'll luv it! :D :D :D :D :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great album

    this is not a waste of money what a great album. I love the song unfaithful. It's so good. one of her best songs. This is one of the best songs ever recorded. I listen to this song so much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Album Ever!!!

    This album kicked butt!!! I loved it. Buy it now!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Totally Hot!

    This cd is tight! S.O.S is the hottest song of the year. This cd shows how Rihanna has grown as a singer especially with the songs "Unfaithful" and "Final Goodbye". "Break It Off" with Sean Paul is also another awesome dance track. This cd couldn't have been better! Awesome cd!

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