Loud

~ Release group by Rihanna

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Loud (explicit)Digital Media13
  • US2010-08-18
Def Jam Recordings602527829319
LoudCD11
  • AU2010-11-12
Def Jam Recordings, SRP Records2752365602527523651
LoudCD11
  • XE2010-11-12
  • GB2010-11-15
Def Jam Recordings, SRP Records0602527523651602527523651
LoudCD11
  • US2010-11-16
Def Jam RecordingsB0014927-02602527523651
Loud (deluxe edition)CD + DVD-Video11 + 10
  • US2010-11-16
Def Jam RecordingsB0014928-00602527523668
Loud (explicit)Digital Media11
  • US2010-11-16
Def Jam Recordings, SRP Records[none]
Loud (explicit)Digital Media13
  • US2010-11-16
Def Jam Recordings
LoudCD11
Def Jam Recordings2782914602527829142
Loud (Deluxe Edition)CD15
Def Jam Recordings
Loud (explicit)Digital Media12
The Island Def Jam Music Group (use “Island” or “Def Jam Recordings” labels rather than this record company)
LoudCD13
  • JP2011-01-19
Def Jam RecordingsUICD-61844988005640802
Loud (explicit)Digital Media13
  • US2011-08-18
The Island Def Jam Music Group (use “Island” or “Def Jam Recordings” labels rather than this record company)
LoudCD11
  • DE2011-09-02
Def Jam Recordings, SRP Records0602527829142602527829142
LoudSHM-CD13
Def Jam Recordings, SRP RecordsUICD-61944988005692290

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:California King Bed
Man Down
Only Girl (in the World)
S&M
What’s My Name? by Rihanna featuring Drake
part of:Billboard: The 100 Greatest Albums of the 2010s (number: 84) (order: 36)
Grammy Award: Album of the Year nominees (number: 2012) (order: 62)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/288815 [info]
reviews:http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/14897-loud/ [info]
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/x5fd [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/rihanna/loud/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0002049029 [info]
Wikidata:Q208340 [info]

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Rihanna's fifth album in as many years has been described by the singer as "sassy, fun, flirty, energetic" - a return to the slick pop with which she made her name following last year's darker Rated R. But it's not quite that simple; after all, that album delivered the dancehall smash Rude Boy while this record closes with Love the Way You Lie (Part II), an affecting sequel to her Eminem collaboration that takes on added relevance given the domestic abuse she suffered at the hands of ex-boyfriend Chris Brown.

Loud certainly (if intermittently) lives up to the singer's promise. It is brilliantly sassy and exuberant at times - the enormous synth and shout-along chorus of Only Girl (In the World) is about the measure of it, while Nicki Minaj makes for a superb partner in crime on Raining Men, her wild, kinetic flow complementing Rihanna's steely delivery to wicked effect.

Disappointingly though, the knowing strangeness that coloured even Rated R's most chart-friendly moments has been toned down in favour of a brazen sexuality that sits at odds with what Rihanna is trying to accomplish here. Since when was 'flirtatious' synonymous with 'sadomasochistic'? As bracingly huge and catchy as it is, S&M doesn't deviate much from its blunt title: lyrics like "Sticks and stones may break my bones / But chains and whips excite me" feel forced, not daring. Similarly, her insistence that "I like it rough" on the comparatively restrained Skin can't help but come across a little uncomfortable in the light of her personal history.

But the argument over whether songs like this subjugate or empower their female performers is one for another time, or maybe one not worth having at all - not when the songs are this good, the singer's voice this powerful. What's My Name? features the similarly young and talented Drake mulling the "square route of 69" over choppy Caribbean rhythms that reappear on Man Down, where Rihanna relays a break-up as murder metaphor in thick Barbadian patois. Love the Way You Lie (Part II) even bests the original, Eminem's verse exuding the kind of volatile, simmering menace that got everyone so excited about him in the first place. But it is Rihanna's vocal - at once commanding, soulful and vulnerable - that anchors the song, and Loud itself, elevating it from a hit-and-miss collection into something oddly arresting.