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    Wed, 21 Nov 2012 11:49:28

    Rihanna "Unapologetic" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino…

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    • Rihanna - NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Singer Rihanna attends the Edun fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Skylight Modern on September 7, 2014 in New York City.
    • Rihanna - NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Recording Artist Rihanna is seen at the Versus Versace Spring 2015 Collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Metropolitan West on September 7, 2014 in New York City.
    • Rihanna - NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Actress Trudie Styler and singer Rihanna attend the Edun fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Skylight Modern on September 7, 2014 in New York City.

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    "Let me stay lost in paradise," urges Rihanna on "Lost in Paradise", the standout conclusion to her seventh album, Unapologetic [iTunes link].

    It's a swooping anthem replete with dance floor synths cycling in and out and her mind-blowing delivery carrying a massive hook. Rihanna seamlessly siphon electronic dance music bliss into soulful pop for her biggest and best album yet.

    "Phresh Out the Runway" blazes with instantly infectious energy as does the shining and shimmering first single "Diamonds". Eminem throws down a skittering verse over chopped and screwed transmissions on the strangely sexy "Numb", and once again Rihanna belts out a blinding and big refrain. David Guetta's production on "Right Now" makes for a global club firestarter that's bound to get bodies moving from Los Angeles all the way to Dubai.

    Another gem, the appropriately titled "Nobody's Business", sees Rihanna and Chris Brown trading love struck verses that simply glisten. The tradeoff between them is both seductive and staggering. Everything culminates on "Lost in Paradise" though, and it's a number that reaffirms Rihanna's status as a pop goddess amongst the likes of Whitney Houston and Madonna.

    Unapologetic is purely "Paradise" in every way.

    Rick Florino
    11.21.12


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