First Hit #1: November 12, 2011
There’s not much to We Found Love. Any meaning behind it is most likely gleaned from the video, since the lyrics are largely generic and repetitive. The song is otherwise some pretty rote EDM that is only really notable because Rihanna is the person singing over it – the beat is big but indistinct. It’s sort of an office tower of a song, it’s huge, but it’s indistinct and fairly generic. “We found love in a hopeless place” isn’t a bad lyric, but it’s repeated way too often, to the point where it loses whatever meaning it has. The thing is it’s just nothing all that new, this is all stuff that has been heard before, better, and while it does work in a club context it’s hardly anything exciting outside of it – mostly because nobody sane is doing drugs on their morning commute, so they can notice that this isn’t particularly special when they’re sober, not dancing, and not trying to pick anyone up.
To her credit, Rihanna didn’t go the special edition route as originally planned, and instead of Loud, only moreso, actually recorded a full album. I’ve kind of kept quiet about this irritating trend because I kind of had a plan to bring it up in the future, but I figure I’d mention it here.