Rihanna – Diamonds

First Hit #1: December 1, 2012

It’s becoming a rather predictable – when December rolls around, we will see Rihanna ascend to the top of the chart. Unexpectedly, it’s a rare example of a 2011 song that’s actually somewhat positive about relationships – which is a departure for Rihanna in general, but also for the charts in 2012 in general. Still, it’s got the big chorus, though it’s not quite the inspirational tale of inherent awesomeness that the chorus implies – it’s really focused on one relationship through the entire thing, it’s just a healthy one. Rihanna’s delivery of “shine bright like a diamond” is unexpected from her, and honestly she’s developed a lot as a performer from her earlier career when she used autotune as a crutch. Diamonds is built around empty platitudes, and isn’t doing much new, but it’s a decent song.

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One Response to Rihanna – Diamonds

  1. musicosity1 says:

    One of the secrets to Rihanna’s amazing chart run is the remarkable rapidity of her releases, with full albums in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. Who else is doing that? Her team must be in full motion all the time, and I hate to think what drugs are coursing through her to keep her heavy-lidded delivery churning constantly, in the studio and on tour.

    The lyrics to this song seem happy (“Shine bright; we’re beautiful, like diamonds in the sky”), but the energy in the vocals and oppressive piano/EDM backing is more worried than anything. If this is happy Rihanna, I’d hate to hear her singing “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Still, it’s impeccably arranged, like everything she puts out.

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