Girl Like Me [Australia Bonus Tracks]

A Girl Like Me [Australia Bonus Tracks]

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by Rihanna
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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-ish 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. [This edition features the bonus tracks "If It's Lovin' That You Want, Pt. 2" and "Pon de Replay [Full Phatt Remix]."]

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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

Product Details

Release Date:
07/04/2006
Label:
Universal Int'l
UPC:
0602498785775
catalogNumber:
9878577
Rank:
139707

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rihanna   Primary Artist
Rob Mounsey   Conductor
Evan Rogers   Background Vocals
Abe Appleman   Violin
Andy Bassford   Guitar
Kevin Batchelor   Trumpet
John Beal   Bass
Cedric Brooks   Tenor Saxophone
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,Musician
Marti Sweet   Violin
Cenovia Cummins   Violin
Yana Goichman   Violin
Ted Hemberger   Percussion
Tor Erik Hermanson   Musician
Donovan "Vendetta" Bennett   Musician
Eugene Briskin   Cello
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Musician
Dwane Husbands   Track Performer
Luke McMaster   Guitar

Technical Credits

Marc Jordan   Management
Rob Mounsey   String Arrangements
Evan Rogers   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Samuel Barnes   Composer
Augustus "Gussie" Clarke   Producer
Scott La Rock   Composer
Malcolm Pollack   Engineer
Carl Sturken   Composer,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,drum programming,Vocal Producer
A.P. Thompson   Composer
Matt Ward   Producer,Remixing
Alli Truch   Art Direction
Doug Joswick   Package Production
Deborah Mannis-Gardner   Sample Clearance
Tracey Waples   Marketing
E. Amelia Rogers   Composer
Mike City   Producer
A. Clarke   Composer
Hemberger   Engineer
Jean Claude "Poke" Olivier   Composer
Vada Nobles   Composer,Producer
Jeremy Harding   Engineer
K. Ford   Composer
Donovan "Vendetta" Bennett   Engineer
Makeba Riddick   Vocal Producer
Don Corleon   Producer
Christa Shaub   Management
J.R. Rotem   Composer,Producer,Engineer
James Auwarter   Engineer
Franny "Franchise" Graham   Engineer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer
Luke McMaster   Composer
M. Riddick   Composer
T. Hermansen   Composer
Makeba   Composer
C. Richardson   Composer
Lawrence Parker   Composer
Evan "Kidd" Bogart   Composer

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4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album kicked butt!!! I loved it. Buy it now!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite songs on this CD are SOS and Unfaithful
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a nice summer cd. Best song by far is Break it Off with Sean Paul. Give it a chance.
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