Rihanna – Love On The Brain

Rihanna keeps on relentlessly promoting her Anti album. The disc has just passed 1,1 million copies sold, definitely not an amazing result for a big name like Rihanna, but it still goes well beyond the initial estimates. While the album suffers of poor sales, Mrs. RiRi has returned to dominate the single charts with the great success of Work, and the average results of Needed Me and Kiss It Better.

To try to subvert the mediocre results of Anti, Rihanna has just announced the release of a new single. And luckily, the choice has fallen on my favorite Anti track, Love On The Brain. The song is a mix of elegance and innovation vocally speaking, a great test for Rihanna who is more used to exploit the power of her voice. The song, entirely produced by Fred Ball, kinda reminds me of the 70s Prince-style ballads. Love On The Brain, is about a different kind of love, a love that does not play on the physical side of the relationship, but on the mental one, a love that you can’t remove from your thoughts. Whoever has been in love, a least once, can deeply understand RiRi‘s lyrics.

Despite the rhythm is quite uniform, Rihanna offers such a wide range of vocal changes from the very beginning up to the end of the track. And just like the love the song is about, it binds on your ears and you can’t help but listen to it once again. Enjoy the wonderful Love On The Brain.

Rihanna – Sledgehammer

Powerful. That’s what I will tell if somebody would ask me what I think of Rihanna. I think she is one of the most authentic music personalities on the scene. Plus when she gives her word, she always keeps it. And that’s what happened after the release of the highly anticipated ANTI album. RiRi said the surprises were not finished yet. And she was right,

After working with Calvin Harris in This Is What You Came For and Nothing’s Promised with Mike Will Made-It, now it’s the turn for the release of her original track Sledgehammer which will be used as the main theme for the new Star Trek Beyond movie.

The track, written by Sia, is simply epic. It is about empowerment, the one that we get after a bad break up. In the lyrics Rihanna feels greater than ever singing I hit a wall, I never felt so low, so low / Like a waterfall, my tears dropped to the floor (the floor…) / They left a swimming pool of salted crimes, crimes / (Ohh) what could I do to change your mind? / Nothing!…I hit a wall, I thought that I would hurt myself… But I hit a wall, I hit ’em all, watch the fall …/ You’re just another brick and I’m a sledgehammer…

Sledgehammer is a monumental downtempo with fantastic traits, perfect for a soundtrack. The style of Sia is crystal clear and even though Rihanna does not seem to add big differences to the vocal setting of the Australian songwriter, she manages to pack a majestic track. Simply love it. Enjoy Rihanna hitting wall like a Sledgehammer!