By Gabriel Jackson
RIHANNA’S “TALK THAT TALK”
Rihanna’s sixth studio album, “Talk That Talk” , shows a theme of love, sexuality, and self- empowerment which is not much different from her previous material.
Having 11 tracks, Talk That Talk tends to possess overused beats, reductive lyrics, and basic ohh and ahhs to win over listeners. The album is not cohesive in any way. With one of the albums highlights, the one and a half minute song “Birthday Cake” ends abruptly. It is clear that Rihanna rushed through the material on this album; equivalent to the likes of her career.
Talk That Talk proves that six albums in six years does not grant an artist with solidification of artist development when compared to legends of the past. “Talk That Talk” may manage to talk it’s way up the charts, but just wish it would walk up the charts.
PENGUIN PRISON’S “PENGUIN PRISON”
After creating many remixes for some of the largest hits, Penguin Prison’s debut LP finally sees light.
Penguin Prison uses post modern electro sounds to emulate the R&B soul of the 70’s. Penguin Prison does this on a majority of their records and after while, it gets pretty repetitive.
“A Fair Warning” is a standout track that does not follow the album’s essential format and instead, offers a more futuristic sound which may prelude the direction of the sophomore release. The opening track, “Don’t Mess With My Money” is by far the most addictive track because its lyrical content is most relatable. The rest of the album plays on the same old lyrics of love and relationships.
THE BIG PINK’S
The British pop rock duo’s sophomore album presents basic pop songs drenched in layers of synthesizes and guitar riffs. The songs tread together flawlessly even though they possess different sound arrangements. It is evident that TBP aimed more towards the mainstream market. Some of the records on this album are very reminiscent of their debut record, A Brief History of Love.
Opening track , “Stay Gold” and “1313” take inspiration from the debut LP’s “Dominos” and “Velvet,” however, these tracks play out as watered down versions as well as incorporating a more pop feel in search of U.S. airplay. The Big Pink’s search for mainstream recognition may have crippled the creative freedom for the project. However, it does not add or take away from their future.