Rated R: Remixed

Rated R: Remixed

by Rihanna
     
 

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"Russian Roulette," released weeks prior to Rated R, just hinted at Rihanna's sudden desire to provoke. Even with the realization that it is metaphorical, the song startles with its hesitant gasps, spinning cylinders, and verses that are glacially paced, where a cold piano line and the slight inflections in Rihanna's voice are front and center. And then there's

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"Russian Roulette," released weeks prior to Rated R, just hinted at Rihanna's sudden desire to provoke. Even with the realization that it is metaphorical, the song startles with its hesitant gasps, spinning cylinders, and verses that are glacially paced, where a cold piano line and the slight inflections in Rihanna's voice are front and center. And then there's an audible shudder followed by a discharged bullet -- the abrupt end to one of Rated R's most restrained moments. It's not the only instance where Rihanna's rise in fame, combined with being the victim in the decade's highest-profile felonious assault, added up to a perfect-storm scenario for a creative overhaul. Rated R is more like Good Girl Gone Evil, or Abused Girl Full of Vengeful Rage, not Good Girl Gone Bad, where the only casualties were some dishes. The closest the set gets to upbeat pop is "Rude Boy," and by any standard it is stern; needless to say, there is quite a difference between "Can you get it up?" and "You can stand under my umbrella." Much of this daring album is absolutely over the top, bleak and sleek both lyrically and sonically, but it's compelling, filled with as many memorably belligerent lines -- two of which, "I pitch with a grenade/Swing away if ya feeling brave" and "I'm such a fuckin' lady," set the tone early on -- as a rap album made ripe for dissection. "G4L," over a low-slung and sleek production, is the most fantastical of all, in which Rihanna leads a band of homicidal women, opening with "I lick the gun when I'm done 'cause I know that revenge is sweet" and "Any mothaf*cka wanna disrespect/Playin' with fire finna get you wet." The breakup song "Fire Bomb," even though it is also metaphorical, is a close second in terms of lyrical extremity: "I just wanna set you on fire so I won't have to burn alone." Some of the breathers -- the songs that are less intense -- hold the album back since Rihanna sounds detached from them. The one exception is the wistful, bittersweet "Photographs," a rare instance of the singer dropping her guard, but it really sticks out since it is surrounded by material that has her taking the variably authentic roles of abused lover, dominatrix, and murderer. Whether the album seems ridiculous or spectacular (or both), Rihanna's complete immersion in the majority of the songs cannot be disputed. That is the one thing that is not up for debate. [Rated R: Remixed was released in May 2010, containing ten dance mixes of Rated R cuts from Chew Fu.]

Product Details

Release Date:
05/25/2010
Label:
Def Jam
UPC:
0602527401775
catalogNumber:
001437502

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rihanna   Primary Artist
Alain Whyte   Acoustic Guitar
will.i.am   Synthesizer
Makeba Riddick   Background Vocals
Brian Kennedy   Keyboards
Caleb Speir   Bass
Jeezy   Vocals
Beardyman   Vocals
Monte Neuble   Keyboards
Tim Stewart   Guitar
Jessie Bonds   Guitar
Keith Harris   Strings

Technical Credits

Evan Rogers   Executive Producer
Carl Sturken   Executive Producer
Pat Thrall   Engineer
Karl Heilbron   Vocal Engineer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Composer
Simon Henwood   Art Direction,Logo Design
Deborah Mannis-Gardner   Sample Clearance
Stargate   Producer
will.i.am   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Future Cut   Programming
C. Stewart   Composer
Joey Arbagey   Producer
Padraic Kerin   Engineer
Makeba Riddick   Composer,Vocal Producer
Shaffer Smith   Composer
Sean Tallman   Engineer
James Fauntleroy   Composer
Rihanna   Composer,Executive Producer,Art Direction
The-Dream   Composer,Producer
Ne-Yo   Producer
Carol Corless   Package Production
Chase & Status   Producer,Instrumentation
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer,Engineer,Vocal Producer,Instrumentation
Brian Kennedy   Programming,Producer
Chuck Harmony   Producer
Alex Haldi   Art Direction
Ester Dean   Composer
Andrew Wuepper   Engineer
Rob Swire   Composer
Ciarra Pardo   Art Direction
Marcos Tovar   Engineer
R. Swire   Producer,Instrumentation
Tor Erik Hermansen   Composer,Instrumentation
M. McHenry   Composer
Free School   Additional Production
Kristen Yiengst   Photo Coordination
Jay Jenkins   Composer
W. Adams   Composer
C. "Tricky" Stewart   Producer
Charles Harmon   Composer
J. Baptiste   Composer
M. Riddick   Composer
S. Smith   Composer
JP Robinson   Art Direction
B. Kennedy Seals   Composer
Brian "B-Luv" Thomas   Engineer
Chris "Tek" O'Ryan   Engineer
Mike "TrakGuru" Johnson   Engineer
T. Tendayi   Composer
A. Pineda   Composer
Saul Milton   Composer
Antonio "L.A." Reid   Executive Producer
Chew Fu   Programming,Remixing
John H. Frazier   Producer
Terius Nash   Composer
Will Kennard   Composer

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