Music Of The Sun

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Music Of The Sun
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Music Of The Sun

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Given the proliferation of young and beautiful urban dance-pop divas dominating the radio and music video airwaves in 2005, it initially was tempting to discount Rihanna as yet another Beyonce-Ciara-Ashanti cash-in. But like her Def Jam labelmate Teairra Mari -- another young and beautiful urban dance-pop diva who emerged out of nowhere in 2005 -- Rihanna is winsome rather than wannabe, thanks in no small part to her producers. Just as Teairra Mari benefited greatly from irresistibly shrewd beat-making on her debut album, Rihanna benefits from the knowing production work of Syndicated Rhythm Productions, aka Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken, who together produced a laundry list of contemporary teen pop sensations during the prior decade. What these guys do that's so irresistibly shrewd is synthesize Caribbean rhythms and beats with standard-issue urban dance-pop: Caribbean-inflected urban, if you will. So while a song like "Pon de Replay" -- to pick the most obvious exhibit -- is driven by booming dancehall-lite beats and a reggae vocal cadence (and title spelling), it's a simple dance-pop song at its core, with standard English-language singing as well as a can't-miss singalong hook (and a glitzy, urban-style MTV video to boot). The best songs on Music of the Sun follow this appealing template, including the similarly catchy few songs that follow the aforementioned album-opening smash hit: "Here I Go Again," "If It's Lovin' That You Want," and "You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)." As with most albums of this ilk, Music of the Sun descends into faceless slow jams after a while, overall consistency not being among its attributes, but thankfully it picks up the pace toward the end of its 13-song run and concludes on a fun note, with a remix of "Pon de Replay" featuring Elephant Man. The result is one of the more engaging urban dance-pop albums of the year (and one of the most infectious summer jams, for sure), as well as a nice Caribbean primer for those not ready or willing to jump on the increasingly trendy dancehall and reggaeton bandwagons concurrently sweeping through America's more fashionable cities. ~ Jason Birchmeier, All Music Guide

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Artist: Rihanna
Studio Label: CD
Edited: N
Format: CD
Enhanced: N
Number of Discs: 1
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.21
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.4 x 5.0 x 5.7
Walmart No.: 850490
UPC: 0060249882616
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1. Pon de Replay
2. Here I Go Again - Featuring J-Status
3. If It's Lovin' That You Want
4. You Don't Love Me (No No No) - Featuring Vybz Kartel
5. That La La La
6. Last Time
7. Willing to Wait
8. Music of the Sun
9. Let Me
10. Rush - Featuring Kardinal Offishall
11. There's a Thug in My Life - Featuring J-Status
12. Now I Know
13. Pon de Replay (Remix) - Featuring Elephant Man
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Rihanna at her best!
1/9/2010

Customer review by AnNaBaBii09

5.0 stars by AnNaBaBii09

This album I luv out of all her albums because its a softer side of her. And the songs are pretty and not dark.

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Age:14 - 18
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great cd
7/21/2008

Customer review by jacks1mom

4.0 stars by jacks1mom

This was as good a cd as I hoped...unfortunately it arrived with the hinged corner of the jewel case broken!!! NOT happy with that!

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Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:45 - 54
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
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