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Rated R

Rihanna

Rated R

Barbados born R&B singer-songwriter with her fourth studio album

ADM rating[?]

6.1

Label
Mercury
UK Release date
23/11/2009
  1. 8.0 |   The Times

    ...this cathartic album is the sound of a woman losing control — and then triumphantly regaining it
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  2. 8.0 |   The List

    Her most interesting work to date and definitely her most cathartic – Rated R will surprise and delight in equal measures
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  3. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The songs are etched in somber shades and minor chords, with Rihanna belting over synths and booming beats. The results are a musical match for the black-on-black CD cover — goth R&B
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  4. 7.0 |   NME

    Despite the abundance of male influence on the record, from ex-boyfriend to songwriters to producers to mentors, Rihanna makes the sound her own, and fights back
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  5. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    ...the album can be better appreciated for what it is, namely a better-than-average pop album. Its closest relation is perhaps P!nk’s admirable, but mostly forgotten Try This
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  6. 6.1 |   Pitchfork

    For a while, Rihanna lacked a compelling narrative but couldn't yawn without hitting the Top 10. Now her story is overflowing, but her songs aren't sticking as they once did
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  7. 6.0 |   The Independent

    ...while Rihanna's Rated R doesn't exult in such resonances with the alacrity of Whitney Houston's I Look To You, it's a constant itch behind many of these songs
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  8. 6.0 |   The Observer

    It is the first of Rihanna's to warrant a parental warning sticker in the US. The album should be stickered because of the ugly electric guitars cluttering up the future-sex soundscapes
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  9. 6.0 |   The Sunday Times

    It’s a fine album, but a very public healing process
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  10. 6.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    Rated R is as slick, effective and emotionally engaging as a Hollywood action blockbuster
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  11. 6.0 |   music OMH

    Rated R feels like that push of upper body strength to lift Rihanna up from the ground and back into the realms of where she belongs.
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  12. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    ...there's more to her than the public's prurient interest in her private life. That you can't tell that more often from Rated R is the album's big flaw
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  13. 5.0 |   Spin

    Rated R succeeds when Rihanna works to her strengths: mid-tempo, middle American ballads.
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  14. 5.0 |   PopMatters

    She brings hints of techno, R&B, disco, hard rock, hip-hop, and pop-punk to this album, but rather than feeling like a masterpiece, it just feels undercooked
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  15. 4.0 |   Eye Weekly

    ...she’d be better off confronting her demons in private rather than dragging us in with her
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  16. 4.0 |   Evening Standard

    Rihanna may be on the cusp of becoming a serious star but there's no need to take her music remotely seriously
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