‘Unapologetic’ is the seventh Rihanna-album in seven years. An average not many artists can keep up with. The question remains however if the quantity isn’t getting in the quality’s way. Pitchfork rated it a 4.5. The Guardian calls Rihanna praising her abusive partner “a deeply disturbing listen”.
I wonder if @rihanna is unapologetic about how bad her new album is.
— Korey (@koreykuhl) November 19, 2012
Youtube vlogger Korey Kuhl seems to join the bad acclaim, by making a joke about the album-title. However Twitter isn’t a good medium to explicate opinions, this illustrates the trend of calling the album bad because it’s a pop album. This while the songs themselves might not be as poppy, considering the co-writers and features. One more surprising than the other.
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) November 22, 2012
The Rolling Stone isn’t slashing Rihanna’s album down with this tweet. In fact, they rate it with 3,5 stars out of 5. With the rather interesting comparison they do touch the raw nerve of the album. As the Guardian said, it might be disturbing to listen to songs describing how Rihanna took her abusive partner back.
OH IM STOKED NOW HAHA. FUNNY ITS ON A RHIANNA SONG THO. BUTT POLICE? HAHAHA
— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) November 18, 2012
Luckily, in the end, there are always people like Tyler. The Odd Future-rapper doesn’t care about Rihanna’s worries and just enjoys the sound of Numb featuring Eminem. He’s admitting what everyone else refuses to admit: the songs are quite catchy.