Talk That Talk
Released in 2011, 12 tracks, 44 min
"Talk That Talk"
Watch ‘n Learn: Rihanna shows domineering side in ‘Talk That Talk’
Rihanna matured a lot. If you recall back to her “Pon de Replay” days where the young Barbadian singer who simply ‘wants to put the music up’ to being that one friend you can share your “Umbrella” with to the ultimate liberated icon who is not afraid to tell the whole world how much she values her sexuality – and that she’s in-charge of it. I love Rihanna’s songs, but in the past years, I only managed to buy three of her albums (ANTI, Loud and Talk That Talk). When I am alone at home on a weekend procrastinating when I know I have a to-do list, I sometimes just play Talk That Talk and it automatically makes me get up, groove and hustle like Queen RiRi. I was not surprised when Rihanna released Talk That Talk even if she was still sporting her red hair for the Loud era. By that time, Rihanna is one of those artists who spoils her fans and followers by releasing an album almost every year. Before one loses interest in a Rihanna single, a new one comes out. She’s a music machine, yo!
YOU THE ONE: Reggae Start
After her reggae attempt in “Man Down”, Rihanna starts her seventh album with “You Da One.” I think this is a good track to start the pace of this sexually-charged record. When I first heard it, it became my LSS right away. The chorus might be annoying, but it is catchy. It didn’t take long for YouTubers to record their own spin to the song. Perfect song for lazy chillin’ day with da one.
WE FOUND LOVE… and Calvin Harris
I would like to give Rihanna the credit for introducing Calvin Harris to the world (or at least I discovered him through her – not via Taylor Swift or Rita Ora). “We Found Love” is a dance floor favorite up to this day. The music video was done creatively and it really showed that too much love and drugs can be destructive. Personally, I like this song because I often hear it in clubs and parties. Having said that, I feel that something is lacking in this song. If this wasn’t released as a single, I will forget about it right away. Or maybe the rest of the tracks are just far too good compared to this one? Probably.
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? The Dance Floor Pick Up Song
I was in Incheon International Airport in South Korea when the music video of “Where Have You Been” was released. As expected in any Rihanna song, this automatically became my LSS throughout my flight back to Manila. The choreography and tribal feel of the music video was fun to watch. I was dancing to it by the time I reached home and that’s when I bought the whole album. This is the strongest track of Talk That Talk and like her other dance songs, it is still a favorite in dance parties. Rihanna really knows well that her fan base love to party hard! I also witnessed some friends of mine make the first move with this song!
REUNION WITH JAY Z: From Umbrella to Talk That Talk
Rihanna reunites with her discoverer Jay Z with “Talk That Talk.” I am not sure if it was released officially as single, but I heard it everywhere I went and dance groups often groove to this beat. The chorus is catchy ‘one and two and three and four, come on let me know if you want some more’. This is Rihanna daring you to ‘walk the walk’ and ‘talk that talk’. Time to step up your game, boy! Listed as the third track in the album, that is just the first taste of RiRi’s domineering side. The theme is much more matured compared to their previous collaboration “Umbrella” – the song that launched Rihanna into a superstar.
COCKINESS (LOVE IT) AND BIRTHDAY CAKE: Theme Songs for Domineering Ladies in Bed
If you love twerking and you want your man or your crush to know that you want him that bad but you cannot say it to him personally, maybe singing and dancing to “Cockiness (Love It)” and “Birthday Cake” will do? Rihanna is blunt and shows her cocky side with Cockiness. With the opening line ‘I want you to be my sex slave’, the queen is already telling you want she really wants and later on, she declares ‘I love it when you eat it’. We all know that sex is often part of pop and dance songs, but Rihanna’s blunt and straight to the point lyrics kind of shocked her fans. They won’t stop dancing to it though! Birthday Cake resonates the same thing. If you are too innocent, “Birthday Cake” is about sex (let’s pretend you still don’t know this and it is simply a birthday present) and the icing is a metaphor to her private part, in which you want to ‘lick it’. There’s a version featuring her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. Don’t really know if they got back together at this point or if it is simply for business and pleasure’s sake, but fans dig it anyway.
In a snap, Rihanna shows her vulnerable yet hopeful side with “We All Want Love.” In this track, she describes that we all dream of something big, but do we know why we are doing all of this for? I bet she wrote this in one of her breaks or down times. She reminds us that we all want the same thing. It a song to sing if you are already loaded with cash and success you still feel that something is missing. And what is that? LOVE. I guess this is the only track in the album that kids can sing to without feeling anxious about its lyrics.
MY FAVORITE TRACK: DRUNK ON LOVE
Okay, Talk That Talk is full of sex-charged songs, but Rihanna is a hopeless romantic like any other ordinary woman in which she reveals in this song. She shares that even if she’s been let down countless times, she is not giving up on love. She’s drunk on love and nothing can sober her up. My favorite part in this song is when she sings the ‘take me away’ part. You can just feel the passion there, man. It’s the type of song you’d love to sing on top of the mountain with your girl friends when you reunite because you’re all brokenhearted. Cheers to believing in love despite of all the failed relationships!
MORE DOMINATRIX THEME WITH ROC ME OUT: AND WATCH ‘N LEARN
And she’s once again back in demanding something from his guy. This “Roc Me Out” track reminds me of “Rude Boy.” She might be singing about being a hopeless romantic, but she also wants to be satisfied in the lovemaking part. Like “Rude Boy”, this is another killer song on the dance floor especially if you want to be in control. If you think we’re done with the sex, there’s more! “Watch ‘N Learn” is where Rihanna shows you how she really wants to do it – with a bit of encouragement. Oh, baby, baby just like that. Let Teacher RiRi do her job and you must learn, honey! All in all, Talk That Talk is a cocky yet fun album to listen to with your friends at home or while driving if you need a bit of confidence. A friend of mine who is doing well as a boss in her job says that she’s listening to Rihanna’s sexually-charged song for inspiration or a push that she is in-charge in the work place. It also gives her the confidence to make the first move in dance floor when ‘Where Have You Been’ or “Cockiness (Love It)” pops out. Thanks Rihanna for providing us the tools! LOL!
Rihanna Talks About Finding Love and Sucking Rocks and Licking the Icing on the Cake – And She Gets Flak For It
Why is it that when female superstar singers start singing about sex or make it the theme of their albums, they are immediately torn down and labeled derogatory terms as ‘slut’, ‘whore’, ‘without integrity’, ‘a bad girl’, ‘a bad influence’ etc etc. Prince has been writing about sex, sexual acts, and the pleasures of having sex and he has never been taken to task for it. I have observed this double standard throughout my 36 years of observing the music scene. Madonna’s Erotica album was immediately dismissed as a record when the truth is, except for the title track, the album was actually thin on erotica. Thankfully, the public don’t think that way, and has actually embraced this particular album of Rihanna, knowing fully well that all this sexual innuendo can be just part of her playfulness. She’s a woman after all and can sing about the pleasures of sex if she wants to. Critics have also said that this album is just fillers which I beg to disagree. Six singles were released from this album including two huge worldwide hits. I don’t think I’d call that album, an album of fillers. I thought that maybe if Rihanna just stuck working with one or two producers, her albums might have some tight cohesion and a logical flow of themes to them. However, should we penalize her if she decides to work with different producers and songwriters? She does a good job in interpreting most of the songs in this album. It would be a bit difficult to find cohesion in an album where there are many producers but I think each production team understood what her goal was in this album – to create a fun-filled dance album with different types of music genre and talk about sex if the team can do it. I believe that was what she wanted – that’s why there’s a cocky posturing to her album title – Talk That Talk.
Let’s Talk About Sex
Before I talk about the dance hits from this album, it’s better if I just start discussing the elephant in the room, when it comes to this album. Rihanna sings these lines in “Cockiness (Love It)” – “Suck my cockiness / Lick my persuasion / Eat my words and then / Swallow your pride down, down”. She certainly doesn’t mince words in this song and gets down and dirty immediately. Produced by Shondrae Crawford and Kuk Harrell, they give the song its appropriate kick vibe matching the sexual intensity of the song. Rihanna sings this in the chorus “No one can do you / The way that I do / Boy I want / (You) / I love it, I love it / I love it when you eat it” Bon appetit, Rihanna! Why can’t women have their fun as well? It even gets racier in “Birthday Cake.” In the version with Chris Brown, both artists sing to each other what their fantasies are. Rihanna teases with these lines – “Remember how you fit it? / If you still wanna kiss it / Come and get it / Sweeter than a rice cake, Cakebread sippin' / Kill it, tip it, cake, fill it”, while Chris Brown eagerly sings “ It's not even her birthday / But I wanna lick the icing off / Give it to her it in the worst way / Can't wait to blow her candles out”. Don’t understand the heehawing about it, as it’s just two consenting adults going at each other. Sounds fun and natural to me! I guess what makes it controversial is because two high very profile celebrity singers are singing about it, that’s why the musical puritans around feel that it’s their duty to cleanse these singers. Finally, there is one very naughty song towards the end of the album entitled “Watch and Learn.” I remember this song because I danced to it in our Body Jam classes and I love dancing to it because of its naughty vibe. The lyrics are even more mischievous – “’Imma do it do it do it / On the bed on the floor on the couch / Only 'cause your lips ain't make it to my mouth / Just because I can’t kiss back / Doesn’t mean you can’t kiss that”! Oh my, Rihanna does need a spanking!
A Pair of Worldwide Dance Hits Propel This Album to Disco Heaven
Lyrically, “We Found Love” is a very sparse song with only about two stanzas of actual lyrics, while the rest of the song is just the phrase "We found love in a hopeless place” repeated a million times and set to a beat that is both intoxicating and exhilarating! It’s impossible not to be drawn to the dance floor when this song is played. Calvin Harris produced this track and he has been responsible for the success of many other celebrity singers like Bruno Mars by producing for them, one-of-a-kind dance songs like this one. Calvin also produced the other big dance hit from this album “Where Have You Been.” The song has a similar structure to “We Found Love.” There are only a few stanzas of different lyrics in the song, then it moves into a heady chorus which is just one line “Where have you been all my life all my life?” repeatedly sung into a maelstrom of dance beats which I think would, at this point of the song, be sending everyone dancing and jumping on the dance floor. I’m sure of it, because I have seen it happen in the local dance clubs here in Manila. To say that this track is infectious is such an understatement.
Rihanna Does Ragga and Rap As Well
I like the title track of this album. In this version, Jay-z collaborates with Rihanna to provide some rap support. I also danced to this song, “Talk That Talk” in my hip hop dance classes in the gym and I like very much the choreography that went with the song. Since it’s “talk that talk” it involved using our hands to mimic our mouths talking! The song is also kind of a pride song for the singer, where she proudly talks about her accomplishments “God I have the ticket for a walk through / Everything that I do is big / I talk big money, I talk big homes / I sell out arenas, I call that getting done”. At that point of her career, Rihanna was on top of the world, so she was feeling all the love from her fans. A Rihanna album won’t be complete if there was no ragga-inspired song. In this album, it is the song that opens it. “You Da One” exemplifies what Rihanna can do to a ragga track – and it’s a fine example of her singing skills. It’s a pure love song celebrating loyalty and devotion. “You the one that I dream about all day / You the one that I think about always / You are the one so I make sure I behave My love is your love, your love is mine.” What refreshing lyrics.
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- Jan 01, 2011
- Def Jam
- Robyn Fenty (exec.)
- Roc Nation (exec.)
- Carl Sturken (co-exec.)
- Evan Rogers (co-exec.)
- Alex da Kid
- Mr. Bangladesh
- Calvin Harris
- Chase & Status
- Da Internz
- Dr. Luke
- Ester Dean
- Gareth McGrillen
- No I.D.
- Priscilla Renea
- Rob Swire
Talk That Talk is the sixth studio album by Barbadian singer Rihanna, released on November 18, 2011, by Def Jam Recordings and SRP Records. It was recorded while traveling for the Loud Tour between February and November 2011, and was originally planned to be a reissue of her previous studio album Loud (2010). As executive producer, Rihanna enlisted a wide range of producers including Alex da Kid, Calvin Harris, Chase & Status, No I.D., and StarGate to achieve her desired sound. Following in the same vein as Loud, Talk That Talk is a dance-oriented pop/R&B crossover album that incorporates elements of hip hop, dubstep, electronic and house music. The album also continues to have subtle dancehall genres, whilst its lyrical content and themes revolve around a nihilist, romantic and lascivious lover.Continue reading at Wikipedia...