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Unapologetic [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
In 2012, right on schedule, Rihanna delivered her fourth annual November album. The singer took a different route with the lead single. She didn't go with a dramatic ballad like "Russian Roulette" or a big dance number like "Only Girl (In the World)" and "We Found Love." Instead, the nod went to a midtempo pop ballad, "Diamonds" -- as in "We're like diamonds in the sky" (rather than stars in a mine), a simple and effective, light in meaning yet massive in sonics, quasi-processional. Even with that change of pace, the possibility of it signaling an overall change in direction was slight. Not only is Unapologetic just as varied as Rihanna's past albums -- it's another timely...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
In 2012, right on schedule, Rihanna delivered her fourth annual November album. The singer took a different route with the lead single. She didn't go with a dramatic ballad like "Russian Roulette" or a big dance number like "Only Girl (In the World)" and "We Found Love." Instead, the nod went to a midtempo pop ballad, "Diamonds" -- as in "We're like diamonds in the sky" (rather than stars in a mine), a simple and effective, light in meaning yet massive in sonics, quasi-processional. Even with that change of pace, the possibility of it signaling an overall change in direction was slight. Not only is Unapologetic just as varied as Rihanna's past albums -- it's another timely refresh of contemporary pop music -- but it's a little more exploratory and a whole lot deeper, too. Continuing the trend that began on Rated R, Rihanna's at her best when she's flaunting. This goes for "Pour It Up," a characteristically chilly and booming Mike Will collaboration that might as well be a sequel to "Bandz a Make Her Dance," the producer's hit with Juicy J. Wrapped in a serene sneer, Rihanna's trash talk is something else. Moments such as that one are so convincing that the few everywoman heart-on-sleeve songs -- with the exception of the massive, slamming, wailing power ballad that is "What Now" -- don't sound all that natural. Two of the album's most intriguing, contrasting, and not-so-everywoman tracks appear consecutively during the latter half. Both of them were written and produced by Terius "The-Dream" Nash and Carlos "Los" McKinney. "Nobody's Business," flecked with elements from Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel," is a beaming if somewhat belligerent disco-house duet with Chris Brown. Rihanna's partner proposes to make out in a Lexus prior to proclaiming that the relationship "ain't nobody's business." The celebration is followed by "Love Without Tragedy/Mother Mary," conjoined songs with a wide theatrical scope akin to that of the-Dream's own "Nikki, Pt. 2/Abyss." Over a swelling and receding production with echoes of Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis' Eyes," Rihanna mourns ("Felt like love struck me in the night/I pray that love don't strike twice"), then confesses ("Mother Mary, I swear I wanna change"), then surrenders ("I'm prepared to die in the moment"). Perhaps no one should read anything into it. The same could be said of "No Love Allowed," which comes along a little later. Even with a captivating, drum-less reggae groove, it's hard to hear lines like "Your love hit me to the core" and "It's so foolish how you keep me wanting more" and think that she's fine and could be singing about anyone. While this is a fine, if uneven album, the only way to enjoy a significant portion of it is by taking it as pure entertainment. Good luck.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2012
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602537220595
  • Catalog Number: 001781102
  • Sales rank: 9,892

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fresh Off the Runway (3:42)
  2. 2 Diamonds (3:45)
  3. 3 Numb (3:25)
  4. 4 Pour It Up (2:41)
  5. 5 Loveeeeeee Song (4:16)
  6. 6 Jump (4:24)
  7. 7 Right Now (3:01)
  8. 8 What Now (4:03)
  9. 9 Stay - Mikky Ekko (4:00)
  10. 10 Nobody's Business - Chris Brown (3:36)
  11. 11 Love Without Tragedy/Mother Mary (6:58)
  12. 12 Get It Over With (3:31)
  13. 13 No Love Allowed (4:09)
  14. 14 Lost In Paradise (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rihanna Primary Artist
James Poyser Keyboards
Justin Parker Piano
Steve Wyreman Bass, Guitar
Sam Dew Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Evan Rogers Executive Producer
Carlos McKinney Composer, Producer
Carl Sturken Executive Producer
Ernest Wilson Composer
Kuk Harrell Vocal Engineer, Vocal Producer
Deborah Mannis-Gardner Sample Clearance
Stargate Producer
J-Bo Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Donnie Scantz Engineer
Bart Schoudel Engineer
Justin Parker Arranger, Composer, Producer
Sia Furler Composer
David Guetta Composer, Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Future Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
James Fauntleroy Composer
Rob Kinelski Engineer
Miles Walker Engineer
Giorgio Tuinfort Composer, Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Brian Kennedy Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Benny Blanco Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Seth Firkins Engineer
Ester Dean Composer
Steve Wyreman Composer
Ciarra Pardo Art Direction
Marcos Tovar Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Brian Seals Composer
Gabriela Schwartz Marketing
Mikky Ekko Arranger, Composer, Producer, Additional Production
Tor Erik Hermansen Composer, Programming, Instrumentation
Mario Hugo Illustrations
Timothy Thomas Composer
Olivia Waithe Composer
Alejandro Barajas Engineer
Theron Thomas Composer
B. Levin Composer
T.E. Hermansen Composer
Labrinth Producer
Xavier Stephenson Engineer
Status Producer
Terius Youngdell Nash Composer
Nicky Romero Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Elof Loelv Composer, Producer, Additional Production
Nick Rotteveel Composer
The Dream Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Warren Felder Composer
Terius Nash Composer, Producer
M.S. Eriksen Composer
Mikkel S. Eriksen Composer, Programming, Engineer, Instrumentation
Michael Williams Composer
No Id Producer
Kevin Cossum Composer
Daniela Rivera Engineer
Alexander Izquierdo Composer
Nayvadius Wilburn Composer
Mike WiLL Made It Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Robyn Fenty Executive Producer
Paul Norris Engineer
Ronald "Flippa" Colson Composer
Andrew Liftman Basic Track
Denisea Andrews Composer
Sam Dew Composer
Parker Ighile Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Nathan Cassells Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Sean "Elijah Blake" Fenton Composer
Aamir Yaqub Engineer
Shaffer Chimere Smith Composer
Roc Nation Executive Producer, Management
Mike Gaydusek Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Josh Campbell Engineer
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