By Andrea Jimenez | Staff Writer|
International pop and R&B singing sensation, Rihanna, has filled her fans with much anticipation these past four years.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight back in November 2012, Rihanna had announced a new album coming. “I’m really excited about the music that we’ve been working on, so I can’t wait for people to hear it,” said Rihanna
This left everyone wondering and she refused to announce any release dates for the album.
It wasn’t until January through April that she released three singles: “FourFiveSeconds,” “Bitch Better Have My Money,” and “American Oxygen.”
After teasing fans for years, she built the hype to release her 13 track-list eighth album “Anti,” exclusively through the music streaming website TIDAL.
Antidiary.com is the online application where you locate Rihanna’s collection of small clips and 360-degree moving scenes.
The first picture you view is a screen that reads, “Welcome To #R8…At the end, she is ready to begin. Shining her light into the infinite. Her crown is yours,” accompanied with a picture of two children holding hands in the air.
Upon entering the page you find a series of videos labeled: (R1) Bedroom, (R2) Studio, (R3) Closet, (R4) Tattoo Parlor, (R5) Shell, (R6) Gallery, (R7) Office, and (R8) Anti Bedroom.
Each video has a loading page that states, “Patience. This room is loading. Once inside, move device around to unlock the clues.”
While turning your screen towards the doors in each video the image coordinates with the movement of your phone, which redirects you to the iTunes link for her album.
The first track on the album “Consideration” really emphasized her unique, empowering voice, and brought out her confident flow and Barbadian accent.
In this song, with the help of Sza, she emphasizes how she has no power over her career and how she has to put a fake image for the public to see. “Darling, would you mind giving my reflection a break/From the pain it’s feeling now?”
I am definitely not a hopeless romantic but for three minutes and six seconds, Rihanna made me believe that I was.
“Desperado” talks about a lover who she hopes to run away with. “Gotta get up out of here/And you ain’t leaving me behind.”
It is a very country style song. The vibrating baseline and distant vocals set
s the mood for romance and heartache.
The four year wait was definitely worth it, I believe that Rihanna took so much time to release this album because it is very intimate. She lets go of that bad girl, who doesn’t care about the world image and introduced us to her most intimate feelings.