The new single from Rihanna’s upcoming album comes a bit soft. It comes as a bit of surprise as you expect powerful even forceful music and lyrics from Rihanna. This song comes across like she has lost the edge and has gone soft. It’s too safe, too repetitive. It even borders into something a Disney alumni would likely to sing.
The lack luster song is like a painful irony. The more you hear the lines “shine bright like a diamond”, and you hear this over and over and over again, it somehow loses its meaning and becomes part of the sluggish music. Rihanna’s unique accent is highlighted which always a good thing, however, the lyrics somehow undermines her powerful personality which is what sets her apart from other pop artists.
To be honest, at the beginning of the song, I was bracing myself for the fun and commanding music that Rihanna’s music is best known for. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. Or maybe it just takes a bit of getting used to. Admittedly, despite the rather slow tune and robotic Rihanna voice delivering a rather blah lyrics, it still sticks with you.
Hopefully this single does not define the entire album and it certainly does not stop me from looking forward to her new songs.