Girl Like Me

Girl Like Me

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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 heartbreakingSee 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 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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Editorial Reviews

Vibe
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:
04/25/2006
Label:
Def Jam
UPC:
0602498798973
catalogNumber:
000616502
Rank:
41113

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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
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
Hemberger   Engineer
Jean Claude "Poke" Olivier   Composer
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
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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