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Girl Like Me [Japan Bonus Tracks]

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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. [A Japanese version included bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2008
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • EAN: 4988005482877
  • Catalog Number: 9038

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
Marti Sweet Violin
Cenovia Cummins Violin
Yana Goichman Violin
Ted Hemberger Percussion
Eugene Briskin Cello
Luke McMaster Guitar
Technical Credits
Rob Mounsey String Arrangements
Evan Rogers Composer, 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 Composer, Programming, Producer, Executive Producer, drum programming, Vocal Producer, Instrumentation
A.P. Thompson Composer
Matt Ward Producer, Remixing, Instrumentation
Alli Truch Art Direction
Doug Joswick Package Production
Deborah Mannis-Gardner Sample Clearance
E. Amelia Rogers Composer
Mike City Producer
A. Clarke Composer
Al Hemberger Engineer
Vada Nobles Composer, Producer
Jeremy Harding Engineer
K. Ford Composer
Tor Erik Hermanson Instrumentation
Donovan "Vendetta" Bennett Engineer, Instrumentation
Makeba Riddick Vocal Producer
Dean Gillard Producer, Remixing, Instrumentation
Don Corleon Producer
J.R. Rotem Composer
James Auwarter Engineer
Franny "Franchise" Graham Engineer
George Gumbs Engineer
Carter Administration Executive Producer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen Engineer, Instrumentation
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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