Talk That Talk [Deluxe Version]

Talk That Talk [Deluxe Version]

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by Rihanna
     
 

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Despite sounding rushed to capitalize on fourth quarter sales, 2010's Loud proved that Rihanna's reign indeed would not let up. The album's first three singles topped the Hot 100. A fourth one merely went Top Ten. Just as Loud was losing its grip, during the fourth quarter of 2011, Rihanna fired again with another number one…  See more details below

Overview

Despite sounding rushed to capitalize on fourth quarter sales, 2010's Loud proved that Rihanna's reign indeed would not let up. The album's first three singles topped the Hot 100. A fourth one merely went Top Ten. Just as Loud was losing its grip, during the fourth quarter of 2011, Rihanna fired again with another number one single, "We Found Love" -- its success more likely due to the singer's ecstatic vocal than Calvin Harris' shrill, plinky production. While Talk That Talk is built like another singles-chart-devouring machine, it's both more rounded and less random than Loud. "We Found Love" and "Where Have You Been" -- the latter with a quote from Geoff Mack's "I've Been Everywhere" and echoes of the chorus from Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" -- function as place-holding dance tracks, and there are a couple empty anthems and ballads in the drippy "We All Want Love" and the bombastic "Farewell." It's the darker and dirty-minded material that tends to be most effective -- where Rihanna is more alive and believable, where her collaborators provide the most adventurous productions. In the Bangladesh-produced "Cockiness (Love It)," one of the most hypnotic and wicked beats of the last decade, Rihanna absolutely relishes the chance to sing-taunt "Suck my cockiness, swallow my persuasion." Two of Stargate and Esther Dean's three contributions -- the desperate, xx-sampling "Drunk on Love" ("Nothing can sober me up") and the prowling "Roc Me Out" -- pack more sleek menace than Rated R's "G4L" and Loud's "S&M." The album's best track, however, is the wholly sweet and flirtatious "Watch n' Learn," featuring a dizzying Hit-Boy beat -- rat-a-tat snares, swirling/swelling synthesizers, irresistible plucked melodies -- that is even more unique in the context of 2011 pop radio than his work on Kanye West and Jay-Z's "Ni**as in Paris." Behind Good Girl Gone Bad and Rated R, this is Rihanna's third best album to date. Minus the fluff, it's close to the latter's equal. [This edition includes three bonus tracks, featuring "Red Lipstick."]

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2011
Label:
Def Jam
UPC:
0602527878423
catalogNumber:
001631502
Rank:
31034

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rihanna   Primary Artist
Nuno Bettencourt   Guitar
Kevin Randolph   Keyboards
Steve Wyreman   Bass,Guitar

Technical Credits

Evan Rogers   Executive Producer
James Hetfield   Composer
Carl Sturken   Executive Producer
Pat Thrall   Engineer
Lars Ulrich   Composer
No I.D.   Producer
Kuk Harrell   Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer
Deborah Mannis-Gardner   Sample Clearance
Stargate   Producer
Kevin Randolph   Composer
Danny D.   Executive Producer
Luke   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Eric Wong   Marketing
Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald   Composer
Rihanna   Executive Producer
Rob Kinelski   Engineer
Miles Walker   Engineer
Carol Corless   Package Production
Chase & Status   Producer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Calvin Harris   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Tim Blacksmith   Executive Producer
Mike Anderson   Engineer
Ester Dean   Producer
Ciarra Pardo   Art Direction
Marcos Tovar   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Gabriela Schwartz   Marketing
Da Internz   Producer
Aubry "Big Juice" Delaine   Engineer
Tor Erik Hermansen   Instrumentation
xx   Instrumentation
Priscilla Renea   Composer
Sean Combs   Composer
Sam Holland   Engineer
Hit-Boy   Producer
Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young   Vocal Engineer
T.E. Hermansen   Composer
Alex Da Kid   Producer
Skylar   Engineer
JP Robinson   Art Direction
John Hill   Programming,Instrumentation
Shondrae "Mr. Bangladesh" Crawford   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Esther Dean   Composer
Terius "The-Dream" Nash   Composer,Producer
Clint Gibbs   Engineer
Terius Nash   Composer
Roc Ntion   Executive Producer
Daniella Rivera   Engineer
Cirkut   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Candice Pillay   Composer

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