After a few album-free years, Rihanna released a free download of her new album, ANTI
(which you can download from Tidal's webiste here
using the code "ANTI"), and let's hope RiRi's army is faithful because we're not sure this album will be a "love at first listen" type of thing.
The Barbadian brought a relaxed, experimental feel to ANTI
, straying away from her traditional, dance-floor-filling hits like, "We Found Love," "Where Have You Been," and the unforgettable throwback, "Pon de Replay," which I still hear after over a decade since it's release. With that said, club-goers out there shouldn't expect to hear the songs of ANTI
blaring through the speakers of their favorite spots.
is consistently thought-provoking throughout and showed a refreshing, stripped-back version of Rihanna. It gives the impression that RiRi wanted to prove she's more than mainstream, radio hits. Although, there are some tracks with commercial potential such as "Desperado" and the trappy, up-beat "Needed me," which was produced by DJ Mustard.
Rihanna threw in a surprise cover of psych-rock band Tame Impala's "Same Old Person, New Mistakes," which Rihanna calls "Same Ol' Mistakes" on her album. We give it an "A" for effort but it'd be nice to see her creativity and powerful vocals shine through for a little RiRi twist. It was also a surprise that not one of the three singles released last year are on ANTI
, particularly her summer smash, "Bitch Better Have My Money."
is a little out-of-the-ordinary for Rihanna, but it could be a welcome message that Rihanna is shifting to a more unorthodox, laid-back approach to her music.