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Singles and Downloads 2

Singles and Downloads 2

This month's bumper crop, from Rihanna to the Astral Social Club

Rihanna's Russian Roulette: an incredibly harrowing but addictive listen

Rihanna, Russian Roulette (Mercury)

I strongly suggest anyone who believes the sound of US mainstream pop is somehow homogenised and safe take another look at the current charts. Standing over them like android colossi are Lady Gaga and Rihanna - who not only look exactly as pop stars were always going to look "in the future", but sound apocalyptically insane. This song is in the standard melodramatic modern power-ballad style of writer/producer Ne-Yo, but the combination of Rihanna's piercing voice and the lyrics that circle in the non-specific manner of nightmares around death, obsession, loyalty and points of no return - with (no shit, Sherlock) a heavy whiff of sado-masochism - make it an incredibly harrowing but addictive listen.  The flip side to "Umbrella"'s promise of protection, it's scary pop music for scary times.  "Russian Roulette" on Amazon. "Umbrella" on Amazon. (JM)

Rihanna, Russian Roulette (Mercury)

I strongly suggest anyone who believes the sound of US mainstream pop is somehow homogenised and safe take another look at the current charts. Standing over them like android colossi are Lady Gaga and Rihanna - who not only look exactly as pop stars were always going to look "in the future", but sound apocalyptically insane. This song is in the standard melodramatic modern power-ballad style of writer/producer Ne-Yo, but the combination of Rihanna's piercing voice and the lyrics that circle in the non-specific manner of nightmares around death, obsession, loyalty and points of no return - with (no shit, Sherlock) a heavy whiff of sado-masochism - make it an incredibly harrowing but addictive listen.  The flip side to "Umbrella"'s promise of protection, it's scary pop music for scary times.  "Russian Roulette" on Amazon. "Umbrella" on Amazon. (JM)

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pretty pedestrian.

I cannot agree more about Girls. Shambles of a musical endeavour. Yukk, etc...

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