How hard is it to reinvent; to not only change the entirety of your steez but have people buy into it? I’d say it’s extremely difficult. Some folks can make it happen though. Madonna, David Bowie, LL Cool J and a few others managed to move from one end of the style spectrum to the other without batting an eye. (Did you know George Clinton started in Doo-Wop?) Obviously Rihanna is attempting to join those ranks and quickly.
Rated R’s content was dark, very dark. Her look crafted for the release was alternative lifestyle hussy chic. She was rarely caught with a shirt on and sported a perpetual black eye thanks to all of that eyeliner. Was that some subliminal marketing for the default domestic abuse poster child? No telling. However, it appears all of that has been tossed to the wayside.
Rihanna’s new single, “Only Girl” is pure dance. The promo picture featured her wearing something very Jacqueline Onassis, zipped up, prim and proper. Now we have “Electricity,” and it’s chapter two of the reinvention. Well, it might just be reversion as this is where Miss Rhi started, but I suppose the important questions is… Is it any good? Yes, yes it is.
The track is exotic. It dances around eastern sounds without being too literal. The looped flute and what sounds like a trip down the scales of a sitar float on top. The digital strings and horn stabs act as foundation and drive the song. It’s sexy, but not overwhelmingly so and is a great base for Rihanna’s story of lust at first site.
You catch that glance from across the room that’s so expressive; you know exactly what he’s thinking. What do you do? Do you walk over there? That would be too forward. Unladylike. But you can’t help yourself. Or can you? That’s the dilemma Miss Rihanna has found herself in. It’s a common theme, but its sounds good coming from her, especially after her Rated R bout with being a little too obvious.
Rihanna – “Electricity”
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