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Good Girl Gone Bad

by Rihanna

Released May 31, 2007 via Def Jam Recordings / SRP Records

Reviewed May 27, 2022

Top tracks (based on community voting)
Umbrella (89%), Don’t Stop The Music (63%), Shut Up And Drive (40%)

Just about 15 years ago, Rihanna re-emerged on the pop scene hitting a hard reset of her own career with a juggernaut lead single that would signal her future reign over the airwaves. “Umbrella” dropped in late March of 2007 and would soon climb the charts, carving a lane for the burgeoning superstar that showcased her voice in a way the general public had yet to hear from her. She was raw and emotive but still distinctively Pop! Good Girl Gone Bad saw Rihanna find her pocket and hit her stride with more assurance. Her lyricism on Good Girl Gone Bad is more concerned with ear worms and stretching syllable counts, but Rihanna’s voice cuts through the typical pop gossamer by pinning down choice singles to the top of the charts with the gravitas of her unique tone; something that was only bolstered by Robyn Fenty discovering her inner Visual Artist. We saw a young girl become a young woman, less concerned with the space she takes up in a shifting music landscape, and also in the world. – Henny (8/10)

Victoria: 9/10 | Pablo: 8.5/10 | DeVán: 8/10 | Dominick: 8/10 | Henny: 8/10 | Jacques: 8/10

Pax: 8/10 | Cam: 7/10 | Daniel: 7/10 | Hadley: 7/10 | Jared: 7/10

Community Reviews:

Rihanna steps into her own on Good Girl Gone Bad, an eclectic album filled with radio-ready hits and a few experiments. She absolutely delivers on her vocal performances, showcasing her range for sultry R&B (“Hate That I Love You,” “Rehab”), dance pop (“Don’t Stop The Music,” “Disturbia”), and power ballads (“Umbrella,”“Take a Bow”). Rarely do artists introduce their edge as well as badgalriri does here. – @dondraperiii (8.5/10)


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