A little over a year since getting LOUD, Rihanna is ready to Talk That Talk on her sixth studio album. Seriously, it takes Lil Wayne longer to squeeze into his animal print jeggings than it takes for RiRi to release a new album. But if the breakneck speed in which the Grammy-winning pop star is releasing her albums has you worried that the quality has suffered, don’t. Somehow Rihanna gets better with each collection. And Talk That Talk is easily one of her strongest.
The album features beats as hard, if not harder than those you could find on a Kanye West album, tracks dancey-er than those you’d find at the hottest rave, and lines raunchier than those you’d blush over on a Madonna set. That’s all thanks to a superstar list of producers and writers, including Stargate, Bangladesh, Calvin Harris, The-Dream, Ester Dean, Dr. Luke, and Rihanna herself.
Not ready to Talk That Talk yet? Well, while you decide, check out the 4 tracks from Rihanna’s new album we think you need to know:
1. Cockiness (Love It): Rihanna’s not the queen of hearts, she’s the queen of your body parts..and wordplay on this raunchy track. “Suck my cockiness, lick my persuasion,” she sings against the bass-bumping beat, courtesy of Bangladesh. If the chorus has too much wordplay for you to decipher the track’s subject, the first verse makes everything crystal clear: RiRi cleverly talking that talk about sex here. And she’s not talking about being submissive. Nuh uhh. RiRi is doing the dominating. “I want you to be my sex slave/Anything that I desire.” You’ll do as she says and you’ll love it, just as much as Rih loves “when you eat it.” Nasty gal.
2. Watch N Learn: Welcome to Sex 101. The leggy goddess instructing you today is Rihanna. On “Watch n’ Learn,” RiRi is not afraid to teach her lover a thing or two about how she likes it done in the bedroom — or any other place she sees fit. She lists the bed, on the floor, and on the couch as the places she’ll give her carnal lessons on the infectious reggae-kissed tune. But once RiRi’s done teaching, it’s her man’s turn to demonstrate what he’s learn. And if he makes the grade, she’ll stick around for more.
3. Where Have You Been: Talk That Talk packs an almost overwhelmingly hip hop-laced punch, making the first single, “We Found Love,” seem almost misleading as the album kick-off. But it’s not an anomaly thanks to the addition of yet another Calvin Harris collaboration, “Where Have You Been.” This track is insanely catchy. Lyrically, it’s simple and repetitive; two things that are the hallmark of a great dance track. Because there’s not a lot to focus on lyrically, you’re able to get lost in every tasty clap, bloop, and zip of the sonic world Harris has created behind Rihanna’s booming vocals.
4. We All Want Love: One of the only true ballads on Talk That Talk, “We All Need Love” gets RiRi’s mind out of the bedroom and into emo land as she delicately croons about wanting that deeper connection we all long for. She wants more than sex, she also wants love. “We all want someone there to hold/We just want somebody/We all want to be somebody’s one and only/We all wanna be warm when it’s cold/No one wants to be left scared and lonely…everybody wants something, gotta want something. We all want love.” It’s straight-forward. It’s beautiful. It’s the truth.