Good Girl Gone Bad [Reloaded]

Good Girl Gone Bad [Reloaded]

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by Rihanna
     
 

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When you've released a pair of albums containing a few monster singles and a considerable amount of unsteady, unassured material, why mess around the third time out? From beginning to end, Good Girl Gone Bad is as pop as pop got in 2007, each one of its 12 songs a potential hit in some territory. Unlike See more details below

Overview

When you've released a pair of albums containing a few monster singles and a considerable amount of unsteady, unassured material, why mess around the third time out? From beginning to end, Good Girl Gone Bad is as pop as pop got in 2007, each one of its 12 songs a potential hit in some territory. Unlike Music of the Sun or A Girl Like Me, neither Caribbean flavorings nor ballad ODs are part of the script, and there isn't an attempt to make something as theatrical as "Unfaithful." There is, however, another '80s hit involved: just as "SOS" appropriated Soft Cell's version of "Tainted Love," "Shut Up and Drive" turns New Order's "Blue Monday" into a sleek, forthcoming proposition, one that is as undeniable and rocking as Sugababes' 2002 U.K. smash "Freak Like Me" (a cover of Adina Howard's 1995 hit that swiped from another '80s single, Gary Numan's "Are Friends Electric?"). "Shut Up and Drive" is part of an all-upbeat opening sequence that carries through five songs. Rihanna knows exactly what she wants and is in total control at all times, even when she's throwing things and proclaiming "I'm a fight a man" amid marching percussion and synthesizers set on "scare" during "Breakin' Dishes." The album's lead song and lead single, "Umbrella," is her best to date, delivering mammoth if spacious drums, a towering backdrop during the chorus, and vocals that are somehow totally convincing without sounding all that impassioned -- an ideal spot between trying too hard and boredom, like she might've been on her 20th take, which only adds to the song's charm. The album's second half is relatively varied and a little heavier on acoustic guitar use, but it's not lacking additional standouts. Three consecutive Timbaland productions, including one suited for a black college marching band and another that effectively pulls the romantically codependent heartstrings, enhance the album rather than make it more scattered. [The "Reloaded" edition of the album adds three bonus tracks.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/17/2008
Label:
Def Jam
UPC:
0602517721425
catalogNumber:
001136302
Rank:
14059

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rihanna   Primary Artist,Vocals
Evan Rogers   Background Vocals
Ed Calle   Conductor
Dana Teboe   Trombone
John Kricker   Trombone
Hannon B. Lane   Keyboards
Jay-Z   Guest Appearance
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Keyboards
Doug Michels   Trumpet
Espen Lind   Guitar
Pastor Andrew Merritt   Background Vocals
Justin Timberlake   Background Vocals
Maroon 5   Guest Appearance
Bernt Rune Stray   Guitar
Rodrigo Gallardo   Trumpet
Augie Haas   Trumpet
Dan Satterwhite   Tuba
Matt White   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Michael Jackson   Composer
Marc Jordan   Management
Lionel Richie   Composer
Evan Rogers   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Angela Allen   Marketing Coordinator
Ed Calle   Orchestration,Horn Conductor
Danny D   Management
Sly Dunbar   Composer
Chris Gehringer   Mastering
Thaddis Kuk Harrell   Composer
Peter Hook   Composer
J. Peter Robinson   Art Direction
Chris Steinmetz   Engineer
Mark "Spike" Stent   Producer,Engineer
Carl Sturken   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Clifton Dillon   Composer
Mark Endert   Producer,Audio Production
Adam Levine   Composer
Stephen Morris   Composer
Bernard Sumner   Composer
Gillian Gilbert   Composer
Hannon B. Lane   Producer
Timbaland   Producer,Audio Production
Kuk Harrell   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Composer,Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Mike Elizondo   Producer,Audio Production
Doug Joswick   Package Production
Deborah Mannis-Gardner   Sample Clearance
Caron Veazey   Marketing
Stargate   Audio Production
Ewart Brown   Composer
Shawn Carter   Composer
Hemberger   Engineer
Anthony Kilhoffer   Engineer
Justin Timberlake   Composer,Vocal Producer
Jon Marius Aareskjold   Engineer
Maroon 5   Producer
James Valentine   Composer
Demacio Castellon   Engineer
Makeba Riddick   Composer,Vocal Producer
Christa Shaub   Management
J.R. Rotem   Composer,Audio Production
Chris Brown   Composer
Carter Administration   Executive Producer,Audio Production
The-Dream   Composer
Ne-Yo   Producer,Vocal Producer
Greg Ogan   Engineer
William Durst   Engineer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Daniel Laporte   Engineer
Frankie Storm   Composer
Andrew James Vastola   Engineer
Tim Blacksmith   Management
Richard "Rico" Gonzales   Engineer
Mat LeJeuneat   Engineer
Adam Lowenberg   Mastering
Ciarra Pardo   Art Direction
Brian Seals   Composer
Robert Allen   Composer
Tor Erik Hermansen   Composer
M. Riddick   Composer
Andre Merritt   Composer
T.E. Hermansen   Composer
S. Smith   Composer
Brian Thompson   Composer
S. Taylor   Composer
L. Martin   Composer
Terius "The-Dream" Nash   Composer
Qaadir Atkinson   Composer

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